This Spring my girlfriend and I lived in rural Czech Republic for 1 month while I worked on some freelance projects. We had heard about travelling and working in Europe using AirBnB monthly discounts and thought we would give it a try.
Bêlêc, the village we stayed in, was in Western Bohemia and right inside the national forest park. When not drawing I took the opportunity to do plenty of trail running through the network of forest tracks. Running allowed me to catch the occasional glimpse of Deer in the forest and I think that experiencing these moments had to be the best thing about living so close to the forest!
A map of the forest is dotted with beautiful medieval castles sitting high above meandering rivers. We were a little bad at public transport and didn’t quite make it to the nearest big castle but we did walk to the ruins of a castle deep in the forest and I got a wee bit overexcited over some medieval cart tracks!
A lot of our exploring was just time spent wandering around the local villages and nearby town, trying to get a grasp on the local culture and language (neither of which we quite managed!).
But towards the end of our stay, the village was filled with birdsong and in the fields, hedges of white blossom hummed with bees as spring arrived. Although we didn’t quite understand everything that was going on, it was very nice, just to be part of a new and unfamiliar landscape for a month.