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Trip Start Aug 26, 2005
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Trip End Sep 10, 2007


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Friday, October 20, 2006

Hey! I got to fly into Prague to meet Bernice and get a new stamp in my passport! I needed a break from the hostel life so it was nice to get there and find out that Bernice's friend Radec (who she met while travelling in Spain a few years ago) had arranged for us to rent a flat in the Old Town of Prague. A whole apartment with kitchen and it's own bathroom. WOW! What luxury!
Prague is fantastic! Especially the old parts of the city center. Gothic architecture that was left almost completely undamaged by WW2 unlike most other European cities. It was relaxing for me to be with an old friend and to have my own space again. I didn't have to worry about my stuff or what to do cause she had been there for a couple days already and knew where everything was. People are a constant in Prague. It is tourist central so after a couple days seeing sights like Prague Castle and Charles Bridge and going to a mariontte play of Don Giovanni (which was way more entertaining than I was expecting) I was ready to go somewhere else. Everyone who visits Czech Republic goes to Prague but very few venture outside the capital. We jumped on a train to Kutna Hora to visit the `bone church' I had heard about. Creepiest thing ever! A crazy wood carver way back when decided to use the bones that had accumulated during the plague epidemic to decorate this church. They estimate that the bones are from as many as 40 000 people. The chandalier is made from all the bones in the human body. It's a crazy creepy place.
We went to Brno later that day to meet up with Radec. He and his friends made me feel so welcome and they all wanted to talk to the Canadians. They mostly wondered WHY we were in Czech Republic and not somewhere else. I really had a great time in Brno. They took us to a bunch of different places I never would have seen on my own. I ate a traditional Czech meal of pork leg......the whole friggin leg I think. I felt sick most of the next day. Hehe.
The one day we were supposed to meet Radec for a train trip to southern Moravia and a wine festival. Late of course we tried to catch the next train and catch Radec and his friends. Not so much luck. We ended up spending 8 hours catching trains, waiting for trains, walking and trying to hitchike in a land where no one speaks English. It was a little stressful and by the afternoon we weren't talking but it was good for a laugh when we finally made it back to Brno and the beer tasted that much better.
We went to Vienna for a couple days too and when leaving Czech Republic, the border guard got on the bus to check everyones passport. He looked at me and then back at the passport and again at me and I'm thinkin what's going on? Then he smiles and says `Bobby Hull....hockey'. They love hockey and beer just like Canadians. What a relief though!
Vienna is another old European city but with Baroque architecture unlike the Gothic architecture of Prague. It's different, trust me. Vienna is famous for music and opera so we got tickets to the symphony and heard some Mozart and Martin. Symphony is awesome and I felt so cultured for being there. A little underdressed but what the hell.
Next day we went for a 3 hour boat cruise on the Danube river. Take my advice. There's no need to see this part of the Danube. It's a long river. Go to Hungary to see it or somewhere else. Not Vienna.
This was the most boring and pointless 3 hours of my life. Even some of the senior citizens on the boat looked bored and pissed that they spent the money for that.
Back to Brno say good bye to Bernice and then catch a night train to Munich. No sleep, got here at 5:30 AM and ended up sleeping on a couch in reception at the hostel. Oktoberfest was over a couple weeks ago. Kinda glad I missed it to be honest. I needed the break. More from Munich in my next update. I should get caught up soon.
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sayer9
sayer9 on

Loving your trip!
Hey you - you sound so culturally competent - it's scaring me! Tell me - what made ya prouder - being related to Charles and Thomas - or 'Bobby Hull?' I think I can guess. You are havin' some COOL experiences!!! You're so aware of your surroundings, architecture, history, etc. I'm very proud of you. Love you and miss you!

P.S. Definitely send that bus driver a T-Y note! Love that dark sense of humor!

dhull
dhull on

thanks
I don't know if I'm competent but there's lots of opportunity to see many different things. It's right in front of you here if you open your eyes. Glad you're proud of me....I have guilt and sadness sometimes for being away from the people I love especially Andrea but she tries to set me straight so I don't miss out on anything. Heading to France on thursday to see some WW1 and WW2 battle sites. Very much looking forward to that. Gonna go and find a 'cafe' here in Amsterdam....it's raining so not much else to do:-)
Love you and miss you too
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