Those Crazy Crazy Czechs

Trip Start May 06, 2007
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Trip End May 26, 2007


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Friday, May 18, 2007

Owen had us all psyched up for trouble crossing the Austria/Czech border, but we cruised through no trouble.  Arrived in Prague mid-afternoon for a walking tour- "hunger" wall, Jewish Ghetto, St Charles bridge etc.  Heard a great story about how the funds for the Jewish synagogue came about - a goldsmith had a monkey, who, watching his master bite the gold coins copied him, and started swallowing them.  Filled with gold coins, the monkey died, and the goldsmith threw him out.  Some bad eggs picked the dead monkey out of the bin, and walked into the Jewish quarter to cause some mischief.  They threw the monkey through a butchers window.  The Jewish butcher, used to handling meat, realised the monkey was too heavy for its size and cut it open.  It was filled with a fortune in gold which the butcher used to build a massive synagogue.  Don't know if its true or not, but thought it was a good story. 

We changed our Euro into Czech kroner on the St Charles bridge which was not a good move, cos we saw way better exchange rates only a little further out of the tourist-y area

Next door to the camping ground was a big Czech punk/metal concert, so some really interesting people around!  Funny to hear lots of familiar songs sung in Czech!  In the evening caught a packed out tram - literally you could not fit more people on it, we were all pressed up together like sardines - into town to go clubbing.  Went to a big 5-story discotechque....

The next morning slept in, Scotty cooked all us hungover souls a feast of bacon, eggs and garlic sauted mushrooms :o)    By the time I dragged Mat out of bed, and we got into town in was almost lunchtime.  Scotty showed us a little secret Czech pub and we had a great lunch - goulash, dumplings, potato pancakes... and the beer was cheaper than water, and much much cheaper than Coke!  30kr for a pint..

After lunch Scotty and I went to a Salvador Dali exhibition, where we encountered probably the rudest man I've ever met (don't expect good customer service in Prague!) 
Went to the communism museum, which was interesting but probably wouldn't go again - too much writing, Mat gave up after about 5 minutes and waited outside!    Bought the makings of sandwiches from the underground supermarket at the metro station and went back to camp for a picnic dinner.  Saw a really terrible dog fight, with a little dog getting savaged by a pit bull.  Lucky Sib (the vet) was on hand to sort it all out, it was pretty scary. 

On the way out, had a bit of a junk food shopping spree at a service station to use up the last of my Czech money...
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