London - Prague

Trip Start Mar 26, 2010
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Trip End Apr 04, 2010


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Sunday, March 28, 2010

After writing the last entry, I fell asleep curled over my backpack. I was able to sleep some on the plane from Philly, but not a whole lot. The seat wasn't that comfortable and it was just overall not a pleasant atmosphere for sleeping. I did sleep through diner though. I remember Ms Jones asking me if I was hungry but I didn't want to wake up enough to eat anything so I said nothing and dosed off. There were mini, individual screens facing everyone with a selection of movies, music, and tv shows to make an entertainment connoisseur happy. Except me. I tried listening to some music while trying to fall asleep, but I think all the music was British and as much as I love England, their music is atrocious. Or at least, the music on the place was atrocious.

Dozing on and off, I realized eventually that I had a hour and a half left. Sleep more or watch a movie? I ended up watching movies.

In the airport, I found out that waiting around for three hours with nothing to do except get overly warm is a great recipe for catching up on sleep. Heathrow doesn't show your gate until a hour before your departure, so we waited in one area and I slept until it was time to scoot to our gate, where I slept some more.

Once we boarded the plane I kind of got excited that we might see some of London from the air. I'm not sure where Heathrow is in London, but you couldn't see anything of the city from the windows at the airport. I got a window seat in the plane (my excitement mounted!) and as we taxied up and down the runway, I got sleepy. All of a sudden we were in the air and I realized that I had fallen asleep during the takeoff. Bummer.

I napped on and off the hour and a half flight to Prague. It was, oddly enough, a much more comfortable ride than on the British Air 747. Because of the strike we didn't ride BA out of Heathrow. Instead we rode a line we had never heard of, and I'm no airplane critic, but I thought it was just fine.

Interestingly enough, London was not too overcast the three hours we were there. Prague, on the otherhand, was very dark and rainy. The Czech airport was very American, with English everywhere. In the restroom Ms Jones thought the machine that dried our hands was pretty neat, but I told her that the mall in downtown Baltimore has the exact same kind of dryer, which was a slight let down. I was starting to feel like we came all this way to see the world and all I was seeing were Americanisms. My first 10 minutes in Prague I saw signs for Subway, McDonald's, wireless internet, and now blow dryers that frequent the malls of American?! Why did I even bother to leave home?!?

Once we went through baggage claim a representative from Viking gathered a group of us together and herded us out to the bus. We found out that a couple in the seats next to us
were from Cockeysville, MD of all things!

I sat next to the window on the bus, hoping to take some pictures. That was beyond difficult. Prague by bus at night is not a good time to take pictures. Especially since I didn't know what anything was. Except the KFC. That I knew.

We arrived at the Hilton near the Old Jewish Quarter where we were greeted by more representatives from Viking. They were very friendly and gave us papers about Prague and
tried to find us some place to eat. Since it was late, rainy and a strange city, we opted to eat at the hotel restaurant.

Looking at a menu was difficult. There didn't seem to be much that wasn't Czechian and we weren't feeling very adventurous, but there was no choice. We were starving! I saw on the menu under appetizers that they had potato soup. If traveling has taught me anything, it's that no matter where you go, GO WITH POTATOES. The waiter looked at us funny when we both went with just the appetizer, especially when I asked for sides of mashed potatoes and spinach. Everything else just sounded like a lot of food and kind of strange. After we ordered the waiter had the nerve to tell us that room service served burgers and regular American fare. Oh well.

Around 10pm they turned off all the lights in support of Climate Change. I don't know what they were hoping to achieve, but we ended up eating our entire meal in the dark with one candle for light. Our food was very good, and my mashed potatoes were especially good when mixed with the soup. I'm pretty harsh when it comes to mashed potatoes; they have to meet up with the standards of my mom's. These were very creamy and tasted very similar to mom's, as oppose to KFC's, which I find revolting. My spinach wasn't very good, but as it was just spinach I don't know if that means I don't like spinach or if I don't like how they prepared it. Their bread sticks were very salty, but good.

The potato soup was, like I said, good but it had an egg in it. Not an egg mixed in the soup, but an egg smack dab in the middle of the soup. Not being an egg person, I couldn't bring myself to eat it. It just seemed kind of random, like 'oh, we're so gourmet, let's put a whole egg in our potato soup'. Although the potato soup didn't taste like potato. I'm not sure what it tasted like, but it was pretty good.

The waiters are a little different here in Czech and Germany than back home. At home waiter's are everywhere in the restaurant. Here not so much. Once our waiter took our order we didn't see him until he brought us water, and then we didn't see him again until he gave us our check. Someone else brought our food, and while we were looking around, we noticed there weren't many waiters around PERIOD. The space of time inbetween when we ordered and when we were served was shockingly slow, considering how few people were in the restaurant.

That was also odd. There were very few people in the restaurant and no one we recognized from the bus. Everyone must have either braved the outside elements (it was dark and rainy) or have taken room service. Making us feel rather conspicuous by their absence.

The bill was split into 305 krona, and we started to wonder about the tip. Do we do 10%? Is 3.05 krona enough? We didn't have bills that small nor any coins, so we just wrote 3.05. We
left and I went to the front desk to ask about tomorrows weather. Our waiter approached Ms Jones and kindly explained that he crossed out the 3.05 gratuity that we had written on our receipts and wrote 10% instead. Bless him.

All in all, we didn't get out of there until 11pmish, and what with jet lag and over all exhaustion we went to our room and went to bed. Tomorrow: tour of Prague!
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Donna on

Not sure I understand about the toilet...

hobgoblins5
hobgoblins5 on

What don't you understand? I posted a picture of it. I just thought it was hilarious that the odd hand dryer in the mall in downtown Baltimore would be the same dryer used in the Prague airport. I've never seen it anywhere else.

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