My love/hate relationship with Prague

Trip Start Aug 13, 2007
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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

I was sad to be leaving Hungary after becoming such good friends with my cousins, who I unfortunately only see once in a blue moon. And I knew that from Prague on I would be by myself for a while, which can be a bit daunting sometimes, especially when you don't even speak the same langauge. I was starting to think my trip to Prague was a bit jinxed when my hotel wrote me an email the day before I was due to arrive, telling me my room was no longer available due to renovations. They said they had booked me into their sister hotel which was "only 15 minutes away". I was not sure how that was measured, for example, by car or horse carriage or god only knows what. But it actually turned out to be in a nice area and the room was clean, although it was a little far away from the main action. I had to get a tram and metro to the city centre.

Bad news number two - It turned out that my accountant couldn't infact count and had completely miscalculated my tax return which I was counting on for some holiday/setting myself up in London money. It would have been ok except for the fact this was the second time he got it wrong and the numbers just kept drastically dwindling. And we are talking thousands of dollars. On top of that, the morning I found out I no longer had as much money as I hope I had to pay a $30 fine for having the wrong metro ticket on me. So, I guess inspectors are bastards all through Europe or was it just transport karma from my experience in Hungary? I tried to explain that I didn't know which ticket I was suppose to buy but only got a cold "this is my job" in reply. I begrudgingly handed over the money and continued on my way to meet the tour I had booked - a six-hour "ultimate" tour of Prague by foot, boat and tram. I have to admit my first image of the extremely picturesque Prague was a little tainted by the events listed above. But this was soon forgotten as I found my first photo opportunity in Prague. I couldn't walk past the colossal poster of the guy that plays Sawyer in the tv show Lost, advertising some sort of cologne (what was he advertising again?) without taking a photo. Hmmm I thought, I think I'm going to like Prague after all.

The six-hour tour was also very interesting and conducted by a very proud pint-sized Czech by the name of Rodek who knew some really interesting tid bits about the city. Like for example, that the two peeing statues in Mala Strana - near the castle - can write your name while they do their thing if you sms the company which commissioned the artwork. We also saw Prague's narrowest street which has a pedestrian traffic light indicating which direction you can walk in. We also took a stroll through the jewish quarter, the old town square where the astromical clock stands and up to the castle which has one of the most impressive churches I have ever seen. Charles bridge is also very impressive despite the throngs of tourist waddling along it, it seems all day.

Anyway, I better run as I am about to go on a ghost trail tour now. Should be interesting... until next time.
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