Nice

This evening, we arrived in the Czech republic, only about five kilometers across the border north of Passau, where we have camped various times in the Bavarian forest on the German side. This time we are staying here in an Airbnb for a family get-together. Heike found a beautiful cottage in the middle of nowhere, and this will be our home until Tuesday while we enjoy time with family from three countries. Best to be on neutral turf. It’s amazing, and it even has a sauna!

I had never really considered that life across the border would be any different. It’s not my first time in Czech republic, and not even the first time in this area. I guess in the past couple of years I have developed a different perspective on life and on my surroundings. I found it rather striking to see that the moment you cross the border to the Czech republic from Germany, things look different. Don’t get me wrong. I like the Bavarian forest, and it looks alright. Cross the border though, and you’ll find yourself on s different planet. A planet clearly free from the industrial agriculture that is so common on the German side. Pastures grazed by a few cows, with trees dotting the meadow landscape. Patches of forest are abundant, but they look different. Unlike the German plantation forests, these forests are not in neat little rows. I guess they’re not ancient forests either, but they certainly look more like a forest than the patches of spruce and fir I’ve gotten used to.

The world looks nicer in Czech republic (and for pictures you’ll have to wait until tomorrow).

Published by Robin Heinen

Father of two | Husband | Entomologist and Ecologist | Postdoctoral Researcher @ TUM | Traveler | Coffee Addict

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