Revisiting an old favourite...

Trip Start Jun 09, 2013
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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Wednesday, November 6, 2013

After getting into Prague late on the 6th I woke up on 7th to a beautiful and as Amanda wasn’t arriving until Friday night I decided to spend all day Thursday wandering the city taking photos whilst the weather was nice because things were expected to get wet come Friday.
 
Whilst I had been to Prague some 5yrs ago I had no photos from this visit and due to it being a bit of a boys trip my memory was somewhat hazy due to the amount of alcohol drunk on that trip so it was nice to spend the day wandering around what I still regard as one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to.
 
That night I had organised to meet up with a group of locals for something different than just hanging out with tourists as usually happens when staying at hostels. And so I met a couple of guys and girls and they took me to a few different quirky little bars before we headed out to a club to finish the night. It was another great night and ended up being quite large with us getting home around 6am so when I woke up and saw it was absolutely thumping down with rain outside I was more than happy to have a chill out day at the hostel processing photos, chatting to a few people staying in the hostel and having a rest to recover before Amanda arrived.
 
Amanda got in around 10-11ish and was very much ready for a drink so we headed straight to the hostel bar and got things underway. We actually didn’t end up getting too crazy which made it a lot easier to get up and get to the 10:30am free walking tour we had planned to do which focused on the old city centre… our guide was incredibly insightful and told us some pretty cool stories so we were more than happy to part with a decent tip for his services.
  
On the tour we met a cool American who we ended up spending the rest of the day with after the tour heading to get some delicious local food and then trying out the local absinth which was surprisingly drinkable when had on the rocks as suggested by our walking tour guide but Amanda decided to go with the bar staff’s recommendation of having the absinth set on fire and that made it virtually undrinkable and quite amusing for me as I enjoyed my drink! We got back to the hostel quite happy and so we decided to continue with a few more drinks at the bar but due to starting way too early in the day our energy levels had peaked and we ended up getting an early night an missing the famous Prague Saturday night unfortunately…
 
Sunday we were able to get up at a reasonable hour due to our early Saturday and so we decided to venture across the river and up to Vyšehrad which is an ancient hilltop fortress on the edge of the city which has amazing views across the city. Unfortunately the weather was not playing nice and hence the views were not what they could have been but nevertheless it was still a nice view over the city and of the famous castle. 
 
We had then planned to head to Prague Castle (the largest castle complex in the world) but the rain started coming down steadily so without an umbrella the only solution seemed to be heading to the beer museum which wasn’t too far away. As the Czech Republic is the largest consumer of beer per capita in the world this was a remarkably appropriate way to spend a rainy afternoon. We perhaps headed there with a little too much excitement and hence when we found out we could order a tasting menu where we would get to try 10 different beers we immediately jumped at the opportunity.
 
After our first 10 beers each we were in an even better mood and with the rain still coming down outside it again seemed appropriate to continue trying some more of the 30 beers they had on tap. We then started up conversation with a couple of English guys sitting next to us and after some amusing conversation we asked them to join us and with the beers continuing to go down quite pleasantly and a few drinking games being played the time passed fairly quickly until we realised it was dark outside.
 
Not wanting the night to end we invited the guys back to our hostel bar while we had quick showers and got ready and then we headed out for one of the most amusing evenings I have had in a very long time! We got home around 5am and with both Amanda and I having flights out at 1pm - Amanda back to London and me back to Dubai - once we woke we simply packed our bags and headed to the airport.
 
This little visit back to Prague and getting to see Amanda again was definitely another highlight of the trip so it was a little sad to part ways once again… it will be hard not to go back to Prague again I sense and I'm already missing hanging out with Amanda!!
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