Ed Petrie

13 June, Czech Republic – ‘All Over The Place – Europe, Part 2’

When I was a kid I always wanted to be in the Guiness Book of Records (although I’m not sure I ever had a plan as to what record I would be breaking exactly). Well, now I’m an official entry in the Czech Book of Records, and it’s all thanks to the town of Pelhrimov.

Pelhrimov is known as the Town of Records, due to the fact that they hold a record breaking festival here every year. Their motto is “If you can’t be the best at something, be the first at something”, and people travel from all over the Czech Republic to have their ridiculous achievements verified by the Czech Book of Records judges. We met a pensioner who juggles footballs, we ate a piece of giant strudel, we witnessed bike stunts and had our picture drawn by the world’s fastest cartoonist (I’m sure my nose isn’t THAT big).

Our mission for the day was to see how many people we could fit inside a Mini. Whoever managed the most out of me and Vic would see their name listed alongside the achievement in next year’s record book. I persuaded 13 Czech students inside our specially hired car, whereas Vic only managed 12, so I’m now in the 2015 Czech Book of Records. How bonkers is that?

Just as we finished filming a huge thunderstorm began to tip down on us and we drove back to Prague on a motorway that resembled a river. The diabolical weather continued once we were back, so what was supposed to be a last night taking in the sights of Prague became us all sitting around in a basement bar next door to our hotel going over all the insane things we’ve done over the last couple of weeks. We’ve had a great start to the series and we’ll be sad to see Vic go. She’s a great addition to the ‘All Over The Place’ team – lots of fun and not afraid to make a complete numpty out of herself!

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