Exposed to human folly

It is understandable that people do not travel somewhere just to be bored. And when they do travel, it is generally for a specific purpose. Sometimes it is something of great importance, and sometimes it is the exact opposite. If there is anything to add to this, it is that the more nonsense, the more intriguing it is.

And if you want to discover what definitely belongs to the realm of recordable nonsense, head south to Cesky Krumlov. And go where you probably wouldn\’t otherwise go, because it is basically unknown.

jezero Lipno

A short distance from Černá v Pošumaví is Žlábek, which may not look like it on the map, but is still part of Horní Plané. There are only a few houses surrounded by meadows and forests, a few permanent residents and a few villa families, plus cyclists and fishermen passing by here and there. It\’s just a small, uninteresting place, and as they say, the dog dies a slow death.

But you will find one attraction that you will not find anywhere else, and perhaps not even in similarly insignificant places nearby. I may be cheering myself on, but perhaps human folly is far greater and more pervasive.

Like similarly insignificant places, a railroad runs about a kilometer away and already connected these places to the world during communism. At that time, and probably for decades, there were a few panels lying next to the tracks and a tin shack with a small broken window pane. It\’s a shame, but who cares if hardly anyone gets off or gets on.

drained water

But times are changing. And this rail line underwent a dramatic transformation a few years ago.

It is still understandable that the masonry embankment was restored here and new tracks laid. In this case, it was for traffic safety. The fact that the seemingly indestructible and eternal metal sheds were replaced by wooden sheds that will surely collapse faster due to climate effects is fine.

But the main thing here can only be seen in twilight and darkness. Even though there are no trains running later in the evening or early in the morning, and you never see a single living creature, there is a long newly built platform here that is constantly illuminated by six lamps, and you can even hear the yells of the trains announcing their arrival. This is excellent service. The fish in Lipno and the ducks here are lit by electricity all night long. Neither they nor anyone else. For there has been, is, and always will be no one here at night.