Now that we can’t travel anywhere, I sit down with my memories and recall how wonderful it was when Mark and I went for our 4-day getaway into the wilds. We slept in a car, walked in the middle of the night, and then we finally settled for two days in a little cottage with no electricity nor water in the middle of nowhere. This was our first ever experience with glamping. And it was wonderful.
Four days away, four days just him and I. Again. A thought that used to scare me and now? I cannot wait to get more. I sit here, hanging in a hammock, overlooking the tiny lake with oak leaves resting on the surface, tree structures reflected in the dazzling water. No interruptions to the perfect mirror, to the perfect state of mind. And I try to memorise this moment in as many details as I can. Little did I know back then that a holiday like this will become sci-fi for the months to come.
The concept of glamorous camping combines the toughness of sleeping out with the comfort of staying in.
On a little lake, in a private cottage, you can occasionally hear the birds singing, to remind you that you are occupying their natural habitat. But they don’t mind. Together, everything just falls into place. Mark cries that there are no high mountains in sight, but I am happy. Right here, right now, this is the most idealistic place to be. Life is beautiful when you can just be...
Together, we spent three days hiking. First, in the Boubin forest - with a fantastic view from the top, noticing the peaks of the Austrian Alps on the horizon. Sleeping in a car allowed us to see the sunrise across another mountaintop, the Totes Gebirge, and spent the day hiking up to the Prasily lake. On the last day, we climbed up to Klec, a super steep hill in the neighbourhood where we were planning to stay - Dobcicke Rybnicky. Here our first ever attempt at glamping was awaiting.
The concept of glamorous camping combines the toughness of sleeping out with the comfort of staying in. With limited (or no) access to electricity and water, it offers a solid structure (more than a tent for example) for one to rest in. The place where we were staying was beautiful.
Glamping allowed us to think differently. To switch off from the regular survivor mode of the hectic every day, so we could fully enjoy the presence.
The cottage Sofinka was equipped with a tiny fireplace, which heated the water that was brought there from a little lake it was floating on, decorated in a Scandinavian style (thumb’s up!), simple, clean, and efficient. We even had a little kitchen with a sink, a tiny shower in the corner, and a hanging lamp that lit up the entire room. There were few limitations to our comfort and it was well worth the price.
Glamping allowed us to think differently. To switch off from the regular survivor mode of the hectic every day, so we could fully enjoy the presence - with nowhere to be, nothing to do. Just us. It is perfect for couples who want to boost their romance, for new parents who want to unwind for a moment, or just a bunch of friends who want to make BBQs, try fishing, or just get blown away by the thousands of stars (you never get to see in Prague). Glamping can be luxurious (with a sauna and a whirlpool), but it can also be pretty simple. No surprise which option I lean more towards.
Maybe it was because there was no one else in sight, maybe because I am craving a holiday now, but staying at Dobcicke Rybnicky was one of the best holidays I have ever been on. Of course, an important part of that was my company, but even then, the place, the atmosphere, the people (more precisely the lack of) was just perfect. Thank you for this unique opportunity.
The perfect place, the perfect time, the perfect state of mind. You know what I’m talking about, glampers!