Today was crazy busy and we have now visited our third country! Considering a week ago I had never been outside the US I am making progress! We left Germany this morning and headed to Salzburg, Austria. With “the hills are alive” chanting in the background (and some of the boys gurgling mock “ahhhahahahah”) , we visited the church where the actual Von Trapps were married…
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Next we headed into the Czech Republic and the small town of Cesky Krumlov. There we had to pay to use the rest rooms, so Ian made sure he got his money’s worth… of course the town was again amazing, but it also presented the stark difference between the Old Soviet Bloc countries and the rest of Europe. Where everything seemed in perfect order in Germany and Austria, the difference entering into Czech was apparent (do not think I am saying it was poverty stricken, it is not like parts of Africa, but it might be compared to a rich and poor county in the US – moving from one to the other is a radical shift).
Arriving in the final town the choir headed into the town square and began to sing! After the song a small crowd began to gather, a dad with his child on his shoulders, skate boarding teenagers, an older gentleman… I have wondered what separates us from Europe, where churches are often considered buildings and museums rather than gatherings of believers??? Many say we are headed in the direction of Europe and I wonder what will stave that off? I doubt it will be a defense locked in buildings, but I image it will look like our choir singing in the town square…
Random: Our hotel is the second photo, built in 1533! Amazing!