Labyrinth City

Trip Start Jun 27, 2009
Trip End Aug 30, 2009

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Prague Central Hostel

Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Prague is known for its beauty. If anyone were to ask me, I'd say confusing maze. There is no such thing as a 90 degree corner in this city. In fact, to find an intersection with four roads meeting is a very rare occurrence. There are intersections that are angled, there are intersections with 5 or 6 streets meeting, then there are small alley ways that seem like roads, but they are not givven street names. Street signs are on buildings, but streets are not labeled at every intersection. It really is very very confusing.

So when I got here you can likely imagine my frustration. It was hot and humid (as it is everyday) and I was wearing a hoodie and backpack. I didn't know how to buy a metro ticket, because I can't read the language on the ticket machines. Luckily some Americains showed me and gave me a map too. When I got off the train, I discovered that Prague is a maze of confusion. My hostel, which would take a local about 20 minutes to get to, took me two hours to find. That was only after I met a friendly Russian who helped me out. To be honest, I definitely had tears in my eyes. I thought I would never find it.

I've been here for a few days now. I still get lost every time I leave my hostel. However, since the city is so pretty, its sort of neat, because getting lost means finding something new and unexpected. There are towers all over the city and all of the buildings are different colours. Every building has its own unique designs shaped in the plaster that covers them. Many buildings also have really pretty statues. Not a single building in the whole city is the same.

I saw a lot of the major attractions, and have almost seen everything here. I saw the Castle, Charles Bridge, and the Jewish Cemetary. The cemetary was neat. There are grave stonespiled everywhere and graves on top of eachother. There was also a Jewish synagogue that had the names of 80 000 people that were killed in the Holocoust, the names were written all over the ways. It was a depressing eye opener. Tommoroow I'm going to a church that is constructed entirely on human bones. Sweet.

 Unfortunately, my goal of remaining completely ignorant throughout the trip has not panned out. I'm learning so much. I can't help it. Also, I'm eating really well. Markets are very cheap here, so I'm happy about that because it allows me to stay within my budget. The only cost that is frustrating is fopr bathrooms. The cost of using a public washroom is anywhere from 50 cents to 1.50 Canadian.

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