Czech it out!!

Trip Start Apr 26, 2011
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Trip End Jul 01, 2011


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Thursday, June 9, 2011

We got into Prague around 4.30pm, and tried to find our way to the Hostel. We have tried using taxi's as little as possible, one reason being they are so expensive, and the other is because you don’t end up learning your way around the city if you don’t have to use your brain.

So we tried getting directions from people, but they either didn’t speak English (or pretended not to), or they were just too rude to even bother talking to you. However they really like to stare!

We eventually found the Hostel by aimlessly wandering around. The staff there were so rude also, and the Hostel was one of the 'not so good’ ones… But luckily for both the nights we were there, no one else shared the room with us.

We went into the Old Town and booked a tour for the next day and did a tiny bit of souvenir shopping. We went into a Museum called the Torture Chambers – it is a big underground dungeon showing all the medieval ways of torturing criminals, witches, Christians and all other types of naughty people. It was a real eye opener, the people that created those contraptions were seriously sick people. We then headed back to the Hostel restaurant for some dinner – it was pretty good to have a chicken schnitzel!!

We got up and met up with the Tour Guide for our day trip to Terezin Concentration Camp just out of Prague. Terezin was not originally a death camp as such, but more of a middle ground to hold Jews before sending them to other places. In the end though, people were killed at Terezin, and most of them not long before the end of the war.

We went to the Camp itself, into a section called Block A, in this section there is a couple of rooms that are totally preserved with bunks, and at the start of the war these rooms housed around 40 people, but by the end of the war they would squeeze 100 people into a room, with one sink and one toilet. There was no running water, but sometimes buckets of water would be given to them. You can imagine how filthy it would’ve been. At one point in the war the Swiss Red Cross came to assess the living conditions of prisoners, and because of this a proper bathroom with heaps of sinks was built, but this bathroom was only used on the 3 occasions that the Red Cross came to check up on them. All other times the prisoners were locked in their rooms with no running water and a filthy non-flushing toilet.

After walking 100 metres through a massive wall, there are 2 massive Manors. These mansions housed SS Officers and their families. They lived really good rich lives, while 100 metres away on the other side of the wall, Prisoners were starving and dying from all different diseases… It is a very sad part of history.

After the tour we headed back into Prague city where we had another wander around the city, had a coffee and then went back to our hostel after some dinner.

After another decent sleep we hopped on a train to Berlin.
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