Prague

Trip Start Jan 08, 2013
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Trip End May 05, 2013


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Hlavní město Praha,
Saturday, March 9, 2013

Everyone talks about prague like its this magical city unlike any other. It kind of is actually, because it doesn't really fit the mold of all of the European countries that I've visited this far. The castles and architecture are really cool and they seem very magical. The first night we didn't get there until later, so after checking into our great apartment, we went to a Mexican restaurant recommended to me by Taylor. We took the metro, and it was the easiest so far. There were just four lines that met in the middle. We were instant pros. The restaurant was located right in the middle of old town square, and it was really pretty all lit up at night. In Europe smoking is much more popular, so sometimes in restaurants there are people smoking and it sucks but we've gotten used to it. We had a great Mexican dinner and order the mango chile margaritas. They were definitely weird but it grew on my a little bit.

The next day we went back to old town square and checked it out in the day time. It was still just a magical. It felt like we were in the city of a Disney movie. More often that not I felt like I was in Disney world. We got bagels for the first time since being here, but it was cut horizontally in thirds instead of in half. I think I like them better that way. We walked down the to Charles bridge and it wasn't at all like I had expected. It was very different from the Ponte vecchio in the sense that that is where all of the tourists collect and where they sell jewelry and random knick knacks. I might have gotten a gift for one lucky person :)

It's hard for me to write about this because it was more of just a relaxing day taking in the culture so I'm sorry if this is boring. Next we went to the Lennon wall that was COVERED in beautiful graffiti, we would pick out a quote and then try to sing the song that it comes from. That was pretty fun. It started with Joseph Stalin was in power and it was a way for people to protest the war. The cops continued to paint over it until the wall changed owners. The new owner allowed for anyone to decorate it. Now, if you paint something on it won't last more than 3 days before being covered up. For lunch we got a tradition Czech lunch that was sausage with a piece of bread, and cabbage with more sausage in it. It was super filling but actually really enjoyable. We ate it in the middle of old town square and again I felt like I was in Disney world!

We heard a lot about this thing called the black light theater, so we decided to check it out. We bought tickets for the show "Afrikania" that was at 8 that night. It was a small theater very similar to the little late theater, but it was packed. The show seemed like a mix between The Lion King and Cirque du Soleil. At the beginning when they tell you to turn your phone off and not take pictures, they said it in at least 5 languages. It was easy to tell where people were from because they would laugh at things only when it was spoken in their specific language. Some of the older people in the crowd were loving it they cracked up at every line. We didn't really know what was being said but we could laugh at them laughing.

We made the bold decision to go to the largest club in Europe. It had 5 stories and each level had a different type of music. There were people of all ages there, including 16 year old kids! It seemed to be the normal hangout for high school kids on Friday nights. There is no way that that is at all good for kids! We checked out each floor, laughing at the crazy people that we came across. The way they danced there was also very difference, they only moved their feet a little bit and were much more controlled than what Americans usually do. Some people we met tried to show us how to "loosen up" and they danced sort of like that southern dance that I can't remember the name of. Anyways, word on the street in the Czech Republic is that I need to loosen up. Probably not going to happen anytime soon. We were talking to a group of guys that looked like they could have been straight from Hogwartz. Their names were pekka, vico, and other ones I can't remember. They were from Berlin and basically said that if you can't speak English you were seen as incomplete and way behind the times. I was surprised to hear this because it seemed that every country tried their hardest to stick to the native language. They said that since the European countries are all so small me close, English acts as the common language between all of them and allows for them to interact. We didn't realize that the metro shut down at midnight, so we had to take a pretty creepy cab ride back to our apartment. I would not recommend being on the streets late at night in Prague.

Oh I forgot to mention one of the best parts! All of the former USSR countries celebrate Women's day on March 8th. Everyone was shocked that we didn't celebrate this day in America! In the lobby we were given free champagne, chocolates, and fresh fruit!

We made a quick stop at the Prague Castle on our way to the airport the next day, but unfortunately the weather still was not great. I would have loved more time to walk around up there, but it was so foggy we couldn't see much. Sticking with the Disney theme of prague, the castle reminded be of a bad guys castle where dragons flew around in the air. It was actually quite beautiful and much bigger than expected, but it gave off a bit of an eery vibe. Maybe it was just the weather.

I successful left Prague without learning one word of their language, but everyone spoke perfect English so it wasn't necessary. Now it's back to Florence to welcome spring with a lot of guests!
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