Lost in Prague
Trip Start Feb 04, 2012
23Trip End Ongoing
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After spending the morning packing and browsing the internet I dragged my pack out of the hostel and into the lovely -16 degree weather (there is a reason I don't normally leave my room until 10am). My taxi driver today was a ruddy-faced German man who was incredibly kind and carried my pack into the station for me. I had a few hours to kill before my train was going to depart so I sat down in a nearby café for a coffee and what turned out to be a notably good Snickers Torte. Before long a man at the table opposite mine spoke to me in German, I told him (in German) that I didn't speak German and he changed to English. We spent the next hour having a great time talking about our families, counties, the weather and respective relationships. It was nice to have someone to chat to after a few days filled with relative solitude.
Boarding the train was much simpler this time. I went to the ticket office, got the platform number, waited for the train to arrive then jumped on. I entered a compartment where two German women were sitting, we were soon joined by another German woman and her incredibly cute son named Hugo. With the intention of doing some reading I opened my book and settled down for the 2 hour trip but with Hugo whacking me on the knees periodically with his balloons I wasn't going to get much done. I quickly gave up reading and instead spent the majority of the ride playing sword fights with a very happy Hugo who would periodically yell "engarde", nice to see that term is a global one.
Once I arrived at Prague station (or Praha as it is know here) I went on the hunt for currency exchange and a taxi. Once loaded with Czech crowns I found one just outside and asked him how much it would be to my hostel, he produced a folded piece of paper stating that there was a minim fee of 900Kc for a ride within the city centre (nearly 20 euro)!! Not sure whether the huge price was a scam or just a stupid fare I got out of there quick smart and went to find the underground which cost me a hefty 24Kc ha. I caught the train one station down to Muzeum which is located at the top of Wenceslas Square, the instructions on my booking then directed me down the road and left up a street where trams were running. Everything was going smoothly until now and it was probably over confidence which was my undoing but I got completely lost. I ended up walking around for hours trying to find the hostel marked only by a tiny red sign with Miles written on it. When I finally reached my destination I was frustrated and tired, I had 2 blisters from my 20kg pack blossoming on my hips and I just wanted to sleep. Fortunately the receptionist was very nice and got me settled in straight away.
Hopefully tomorrow I will get to see the bone chapel.
Add: So I did a bit of research and as it turns out Prague is notorious for taxi drivers scamming tourists so I wont be getting into one of those any time soon.