Trip Start Jun 12, 2007
13Trip End Jul 23, 2007
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It started off with a dirt cheap bowl of goulash and some fresh bread, which was tasty and filling, although immediatey afterwards I had a craving for fruit so we crossed over to Buda, stopping at a musical fountain in the middle of the river (it danced to classical music). After fruit, we coffeed and then after our relaxing break we did the exercise that should probably have gone before it, an arduous climb up the hill to the castle. It was quite nice up the top and the ramparts held some paticularly picturesque views over the city, but the best part was a strange little market where the star buy was a "secret" box, all of which had exactly the same way to open them! We then sauntered down the other side of the hill, and trekked up another to visit the citadel, with some even better views. I also managed to lose my wallet about halfway down, as I discovered at the top, so I actually covered about 1 and a half the hill's height in climbing. I didn't lose it though. We then wandered around Pest for the remainder of the day and bought something we thouhgt was mac and cheese in a tin. It wasn't but we ate it anyway, with some gherkins to wash it down. No comments about our diet as its not always this bad. The day was finished off with table tennis and foosball.
We said goodbye to Budapest the next day and boarded a train bound for Prague, which went through Bratislava, where we picked up Dave and Lucy again
Sightseeing took up much of the next day, with all the main sights hit: Prague castle (quite a standard castle), an art gallery (Dali exhibit, was pretty decent), Karlov Moste (an old bridge, was lovely), Tesco for lunch, Communist museum (Very fun, informative and with highly amusing faux propaganda). The highlight was undoubtedly the Communist museum for me; it made me laugh, one slogan was "There is no toilet paper in the shops, but luckily there is not much food", and cry, a video depicting the protests against the regime. Evening entertainment was drinking a whole host of beers at the hostel, all different types, and rating them against each other, followed by a horrendously cheesy and ultimately awesome club, where we danced into the wee hours.
The morning after dawned, and we were all hideously achy and dehydrated, but we still managed to fit in a day trip to Pilsen, the birthplace of lager. First off we climbed the church tower, exactly 301 steps, and surveyed the slightly dull town. We stumbled upon an open photo exhibit afterwards, that I had seen once before outside the Natural History Museum. It was as good as before and had a few additions. The final thing of the day was the beer museum, a strange hybrid of old brewery, museum, curio gallery and pub. Obviously we had a sample of the local brew, which was delightful. We decided to get an early night in as we were leaving the next day.
We seperated the next day, as we ventured on to Krakow, and they went on to Berlin. I enjoyed my first ever sit down meal on a train, and I have to say it is quite a memorable experience, watching the scenary go past as you scarf down "Grandmas" potato soup. We arrived quite late into Krakow and departed into the rain...