Prague

Trip Start Aug 24, 2009
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Trip End Jan 09, 2010


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Saturday, September 26, 2009

Prague was unbelievable-it was much bigger than I thought it would be but every bit as amazing as I expected. The traffic heading into our campsite was also unbelievable, and by the time we arrived it was 8pm. We had not found a grocery store so headed down the street to what we thought would be a local pizza shop-we turned up in jeans and sweatshirts. We soon found out that dressing up must be the thing to do! Everyone there was in his or her finest clothes and we received many strange stares-the pizza was still cheap and very good- so was the Czech beer. Despite the surly service, we had a great dinner and laughed about it all as we walked back to our campsite.

The next day, we spoke to a Kiwi and his Australian girlfriend who had been on the road for three months already-we ended up talking to them for awhile and exchanged emails in case we can catch up in London when we return. They also had an LDV van so it was interesting to see how they had it set up inside and we traded many stories about living in one. By the time we headed into Prague on the tram it was after 2pm, but since we wanted to stay in the city at night we didn't want to leave too early anyway. We had time to see most of the main sites and walked up to Prague Castle. Usually the changing of the guards was at noon, but we were lucky enough that it was Saturday; they must do it at 5pm so we saw the end of it. We also times sunset to walk across the Charles Bridge which was packed-our camera battery also decided to die at that time so we missed out on some amazing photos! Oh well, plenty to remember in our heads because it was really impressive. Wanting to try some of the local food and beer, we found a cheap pub where they told us to head downstairs…smoking is still allowed inside there and we were bombarded by several smokers who seemed to purposely blow it in our direction :) The cartoon photos on the wall were very seedy and made us giggle as well; even though we couldn’t read them we could definitely see what they implied! Our dinners were fantastic-I had pork with cabbage and dumplings, and Matt had beef goulash with dumplings. They were both about 7 dollars…even in Prague food was pretty cheap. Of course, there appeared to be many expensive restaurants but we enjoyed the traditional pub atmosphere even more. After walking outside, we headed back to the old town area where all the cathedrals and buildings were lit and it was a site that I will never forget-good thing too because we weren’t able to take any photos of it :)

The next day we woke up to find our battery in the van had died again-charging the laptop while we were driving into the city must have drained it too much. Luckily, we met another Kiwi and his Australian girlfriend (must be the trend!) who charged us and we were on our way to Poland. After stopping at the grocery store and hitting more traffic on our way out, it was getting much later than we had hoped. We ended up driving through the night over some shocking side streets in Poland-we were very happy when we were back on the highway and when we pulled up to the campsite around midnight we thought that they would be closed and we would park outside; however, the night guard came to the gate and let us through so we lucked out. There was only one other campervan there and we were straight to sleep so that we could wake up in the morning and head to Oswiecim to visit Auschwitz and Birkenau.
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