Land of fairytales

Trip Start Jan 26, 2012
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Trip End Jun 04, 2012


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Monday, April 16, 2012

ahoy! (czeck for hello. yes it is a bizarre word and one sounds like a pirate saying it.). Currently, I am on the bus from Prague and headed to Vienna. It is an AWESOME bus...internet (which i just discovered, freaking out with excitement), tv's built into the seats, free drinks, the works, and all for 14 euros. I can't actually believe it. Anyways, this is the story of my Czeck Republic adventure:

Our flight took off at nine on Friday night. We got in around eleven, and then had to catch a bus that was taking us to the metro, and then the metro was going to take us to the hostel. So we get off the plane, get to the metro with not too many problems, and run to the metro. A metro is pulling away when we get there and there is some announcement over the intercom, and finally they tell us that that was the last metro of the day.

Um shit. (excuse my french). We are three girls in the middle of the Czeck Republic on the outskirts of Prage, OBVIOUSLY tourists, don't speak a WORD of the language, have no idea how to get into the city, and have no map that gives us any idea of what direction we are supposed to go in. Oh yea and it's a little past midnight and the people at the hostel were only going to be there to greet us until one. This is when I think we all started to get a wee little bit nervous (okay full on panic mode for me but  didn't tell anyone at the time).

After fifteen minutes of trying to figure out the tram system, which makes little to no sense, we decided to get a taxi. The taxi we ended up getting looked COMPLETELY sketchy, but the driver turned out to be incredibly nice and gave us a very very fair rate and pointed out some of the sights on our way in. We made it to our hostel and then walked around a little bit to get our bearings about us.

Saturday we went to Prague Castle, which is the biggest mid-evil (spelling?) castle in Europe. It's on the top of this big hill on one end of the city, and kind of overlooks all of Prague. We also got a bus tour of the city, and walked around the old town. The pictures tell more about the city....after the sight-seeing nonsense we figured out that happy hour is 2 drinks for the price of 1 drinks, AND they're cheaper than in Paris. Cha-ching, that's when I knew I was in love :)

The next day was raining, bleeccch. Like a light steady rain all day, which kind of put a damper on the day. We went to a museum and into a bunch of shops and then to the top of the old astronomical clock tower which is in the middle of Old Town, and it gave us a really cool view of the city. We also ate traditional Czech food at some restaurant near the Charles Bridge. I got french onion soup, hahahaha I miss France.

That's a basic recount of what we did. Super exciting yes I know. Some other interesting things:

-Our hostel was probably in the best spot in Prague. We were right next to Old Town square, which has like this ongoing festival all day long and the astronomical clock and tower and this huge castle-like church that was built in the 1300's with white-washed walls that is filled with all of these beautiful gold decorations. Also, it was close to Charles Bridge, which is another main tourist place. It's 700 years old. Aka pretty cool. AND we had a view of the Prague castle from our window....and it cost 6 euros per night. Franz Kafka Hostel. Definitely recommend it to anyone who's planning to travel to Prague.

- Absinthe is legal in Czech, and they have big Absintheries that sells everything absinthe, including absinthe ICECREAM. Yes, it is as delicious as it sounds.

- Prague is like a fairytale land, a place of dreams (yes I know that sounds so cheesy but I don't know how else to describe it). The buildings are decorated with all kinds of painted plaster and sculptures and are the prettiest colors of pink and blue and green and yellow and everything you can imagine. All of the colors and patterns flow together and look wonderful and just makes it seem like a fairytale. Oh and most of them have statues on the roof...something I found bizarre.

- Almost every single person we've run into has been beyond nice. Smiley, happy, polite, and more than happy to help with anything. Only one person wasn't...he was scary and I think his cat died or something because he was just pissed to be alive.

All in all it was a good experience. Vienna should be cool, we're arriving in like another hour I think. Right now just going through the countryside, everything is green and there is a mix of hills and lakes and colorful towns that we're passing. If we get internet on the next bus I'll be speaking again soon.

Adios

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roberta on

you look as colorful and beautiful as the city!
love the red leather jacket!!!!

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