Being an agrarian nation, we passed so many undulating fields covered with green meadows or yellow rapeseed fields interspersed with the occasional pine forest. The pine forest are harvested for their log on a sustainable basis. I won't be surprised if our country is devoid of our forest first before them as they are religiously preserving whatever forest that they have. Most of the European nations are doing that. Above all the forest is home to faunas such as wild deers which I open spotted grazing along the forest fringes. Ehere there are lakes or rivers, there will be wild ducks swimming around. I couldn't spot any fish though but after sighting some anglers trying their luck, I believe the fishes are there.
Initially I was surprised as all along the way I never see the bus stop at any toll booth to pay for the use of the highway. They must be free, I thought. My inquisitive mind took the better of me and I asked Frank the bus driver. "Oh yes we paid toll. Did you realize the beeping whenever we passed under a certain gantry?" It seemed that the transponder is sounded every time the bus passed under one as the machine on the gantry deducted the amount due from the bus's prepaid card. The driver must buy a fresh card at the entrance of every country and he will be refunded at the exit to the country after returning the transponder at the border station. The tolls are not cheap either. Along the way a special van can check by remote control whether a vehicle has credit or not and the penalty is 1 thousand Euro should one be caught without any credit. Too high for anybody to dare try to evade paying toll. By using such a system, they avoid the need of setting up toll booths which may impede the flow of traffic and create bottle necks like they often do in Malaysia during the festive seasons. The system will also allow many exits to be available along the highways even to a small hamlet due to the saving from having an interchange. I wonder why Malaysia can't learn from them.
What we saw across the road to the right is a shop called Erotic City. That I will surely remember and made a mental note to stop and check what is available in the store and perhaps learn a thing or two about the latest trend in Prague.
A guided tour of Prague will be the story in my next post. It is definitely a city that is worth visiting. Please stay tuned.