This weekend has been a busy week for me, lots to do but so little time. On Friday I travelled to Prague and stayed overnight so that I could see a concert. The once in a lifetime concert I wanted to see was Van son in Prague, Czech Republic. It was also the official taping for the next DVD. For the first time in 10 weeks I have never seen so many Vietnamese in one place before. It started exactly at 8pm and finished at 1am with no break time, pretty much my money’s worth of entertainment. My favourite singer Cat Tien was there and she was superb as always. I was also able to sneak in an autograph from her. Overall, it was an excellent night for me, live Vietnamese entertainment and accomplishing one of my goals of going to a Van Son taping. It just happens to be in the Czech Republic while I was here.
At 9am the next day, I was all pack and ready to hop on a bus and travel a further 2.5 hours north of the Czech Republic to Hartenberg in the country side. I just wanted fresh air, to clear my head, away from social drama’s and technology. I’m so glad that I went on this trip, it was the best cultural experience of my life. I caught up with a few friends that was already there, and made a bunch of others.
We stayed in a small room where 14 of us bunched together in our sleeping bag. It was also located near a ruin castle. While there, the small town was celebrating a witch burning tradition where they get dress up in medieval costumes and re-enact how they burn witches back in medieval times. At first, we spent a few hours in the ruin castle in which the festivities were taking place and then hiked over the hill to the next town to burn the witches. Even though it was raining and cold, people were determined to see the burning of the witches. The festivities went on all night.
At night, we tracked back to the other town where the festivities went on all night. People ate, drank and danced throughout the night. We wrote our wishes on paper lanterns, lit them up and released dozens of them into the sky. It was a beautiful moment, the sky was filled with bright lit lanterns carrying our wishes.
The next day we woke up early, packed and got dressed. Before we left, we headed back to the ruin castle again in order for me to place a rock in the castle because I am the first Australian ever to be in Hartenberg and the first person from the continent of Australia. Yes, I have accomplished a lot this weekend, and I am very proud of it.
Even though we lived on necessities, no proper hygienic toilets nor shower and bedding, but in the end it was a great experience. This is something that I wouldn’t ever imagine myself doing let alone experiencing if I hadn’t come to the Czech Republic. The food that we cooked was also great and delicious and I was also able to meet a bunch of great new people and make new friends.