On our own... Ready to Czech out!

Trip Start May 08, 2013
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Trip End Jul 09, 2013


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Hlavní město Praha,
Saturday, May 25, 2013

May 25, 2013
Morning came early not so bright though as once again the drip drops of rain were trickling down outside. Both Carmen and I managed to sneak in every ounce of sleep possible before we had to pack up our bags and check out of the hostel room! Thankfully once we were packed David being the chivalrous gentleman, offered to take our heavy backpacks downstairs into storage for us! Once checked out we went downstairs and had breakfast which consisted of toast and Nutella, some cereal, juice, and tea. Both Carmen and I didn't feel to good in the morning, her still battling her cold and I feeling a flu bug coming on.
We ate and surfed through Facebook and emails until about 11am where David, Carmen and I all headed off to the Tesco (which is a local supermarket) where we picked up some snacks and candies and fruit for the train ride overnight to Kraków. After we dropped the food back at the hostel we decided to split up for the day from David where he had planned a route for himself through the city. Carmen and I had to go to the train station to reserve couchettes for the night train to Kraków, and from Kraków to Wien. Brendan was smart enough to Facebook me the directions on how to get to the train station, that way Carmen and I didn't have to do to much work.
At the train station we reserved two couchettes, which was about 15-20€, Both ways. Once we were finished at the train station we hopped back onto the tube, and navigated our way back to the Palace area of the city. Once we got off the train we wandered around the streets for awhile in the direction of the palace, but wanted to head up to the observation tower which was west of the palace. We walked around for awhile and found a park in between two buildings, the most obnoxious bird squawks were coming from another area in the park. We followed the noises up a set of stairs and in this open park was a colony of peacocks both male and female. There were no fences no cages just peacocks hanging from the windowsills. After what seemed like forever of unsuccessfully navigating our way to the park in which the observation tower was located we finally asked a police officer....
The hike up the park was refreshing and exercise much needed, but of course I complained the entire time, and blamed it on Carmen for making me go haha! The truth is that I actually wanted to go as well! It took us about 15-20 minutes up the hill of the park; which, was beautiful. The tower cost about 3-5€ each, but after the hike to get there, you have to climb another 300 stairs to the top. The view though was worth the sweat and shaky legs. Giving you a 360 degree view of Prague, very very beautiful! It takes about a total of 5 minutes to take the pictures you need and another 3 to appreciate the view, then down the stairs and the hill we go again...
Half way back from the park to the Charles bridge tucked away in a more private street Carmen and I notice a small cafe and on the sign outside says free wifi. We decide to stop in and both have some black tea and check our messages. About halfway through our cups of tea we hear a bunch of shouting and yelling outside of the open cafe doors. Outside of the cafe down the street is the American embassy and in front was a protest with about 100 people including the television crew and police officers, as people protest again GMOs.
After both Carmen and I worked up the nerve to walk past the protest as it was in the direction of the Charles bridge we decided to go in search for long champ purses. It was a complete wild goose chase as stupid google doesn't seem to know what's up. We found a tourist information center where the man laughed but helped us find these purses. In the rain we managed to find the boutique called "Beltissimo" which did have the purses, but we decided to buy them in another country. From there we had some more time to kill finding yet another pandora store, the charm that Carmen was interested in was unfortunately sold out so what did we do... Found the mall the other pandora store was in! Again no castle charm as they were all sold out. Walking towards the exit Carm notices a small jewelry store that sells pandora and had her castle charm in the window!! Whoohoo!! (She bought it)
Walking back towards the hostel Carmen decides she's hungry, we were meeting up with David later for dinner so she decided that she would get a bannock snack (basically and oversized churro) after which we headed back to the hostel and checked out wifi while we waited for David.
As David helped us navigate the streets to find a suitable place to eat we found an Asian cuisine restaurant. I had the lemongrass, coconut milk and chicken soup, both David and Carmen had stir-fry with rice. The quality was really nice and the atmosphere of the restaurant was also very modern. After dinner we headed back to the square where we all had another bannock churro thing. Lol. We made the way back to the hostel with our snacks, while we checked out wifi and then set off at 1030pm for the train station. We got there with just enough time to navigate our way to the platform, feeling rushed, knowing we won't make the mistake of getting to the station half and hour before the train departure again!!
We found our scuzzy bunk room, that was made if old wood and smelt yucky and was squeaky. We made our beds and prepared for the trip from hell... And it was hell.

~Whit
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