During our research of Czech towns to check out, we learned about the wonders of the natural peat found in the marshes around Třeboň. How's that for a lead-in? We also learned that for a quite affordable price and mild humiliation, these wonders could be ours, so we booked a peat bath and started counting down the days.
The peat is supposed to be good for your skin, muscles, heart, soul, etc, but in order to reap the benefits, you have to sit in a tub of dirt. When we got to the spa, we were taken to a small room where this romantic and inviting black water awaited us...
Then I pulled an American and asked the kind woman where the bathroom was. She didn't speak much English, but was clearly confused because we were literally standing in a room with a bath in it. I would only have felt more dumb if I had then asked for the restroom, because the only other thing in this room was a hammock hooked on the wall that would be carefully carabiner-ed after our bath for us to relax..and rest...in our bath + rest room. So, after that dance (I corrected myself and found the toilet), we skeptically stepped into the tub. Unsurprisingly, it smelled like dirt, but after a couple minutes I was at peace with my situation - sitting in a tub of dirt - and then I felt a little lighter. Gone were my aches and pains, and I could already feel my skin glowing. Not really, but I'm convinced that something magical happened, and it continued to seep in after we got out and awkwardly positioned ourselves in a little hammock. I nodded off, said a prayer to the peat gods, and that was that. I would do it again.
In addition to spas, Třeboň also has a colorful main square, park, and cute side streets. I'm happy to say that I think we outdid a certain (in)famous travel guru here, because our spa experience was nothing like his (link to video below), which is a nice reminder that you can't always go by the book. Guides are helpful, but no one can experience things for you, so if there's a tub of dirt staring you in the face...hop in! For some fun facts about Třeboň, watch the beginning of this video. For an uncomfortable viewing experience of a man taking a bath, watch the rest of it. I'm just glad I didn't watch this video until after we went.