Tourist Overload

Trip Start May 16, 2008
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Trip End Aug 03, 2008


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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Thursday, July 10, 2008

Wow, there are so many tourists in prague it is insane! I think the only other place that i have been to with this many tourists was disneyworld! It is crazy, when you walk along the charles bridge or old town during the day, you are sometimes walking shoulder to shoulder within the crowds!  The guide books always recommend that when visiting the charles bridge, you should go either really early in the morning (5-6 am), or late at night to avoid the crowds.  They were definitely right, the bridge is so much more enjoyable when you aren't huddled in a huge mass of picture crazy tourists!

So this hostel that i am staying at is absolutely the nicest hostel i have ever been to in my life! it is brand spanking new (it just opened 2 weeks ago), and it really looks and feels more like a hotel! Anyway, the people who work here are so nice and tons of fun! I also met up with some people that i had met in my hostel in krakow which was great as well!

One cool thing that I did was i went to see a performance of Don Giovanni at the Estates Theater.  I am not exactly an opera buff...but this is something that i have always wanted to do! It's crazy to think that Mozart himself was in the orchestra pit when he premiered this same opera at the exact same theater 200 years ago!

Anyway, i think it goes without saying that Prague is a freaking beautiful city.  There is so much culture and history here...the buildings are absolutely stunning, and the cobble stoned streets in the old town are just so charming.  Unfortunately, this city has become so infested with tourists that it's really hard to fully enjoy everything it has to offer.  It's weird because it seems like everything about this city caters to tourists...so much so that the city doesn't even seem real; it almost feels like an amusement park designed to look to prague. Anyway, i would love to come back here...but probably not during the summer when the hordes of tourists are here.
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