Trip Start Jul 26, 2012
Trip End Aug 22, 2012

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

When I was in Hungary, a couple of English girls told me that if I went to Prague I should stay at Sir Toby's Hostel because "the breakfast is amazing".  So obviously it was at the top of my list when it came to booking some accomodation in Prague, and the deal was well and truly sealed when I found out the hostel did a FREE bbq every Friday night..I arrived on a Friday! The trouble was that the hostel didnt have space in the 10 bed dorm for the next 4 nights, and if I really wanted to stay there I would have to stay one night in the 6 bed dorm - check out the next morning, and then wait to check in to the 10 bed dorm later that day.  I was already sold on the bbq and the breakfast though so thats what I did!

The hostel was lovely - the 6 bed dorm was gorgeous spacious loft room with ensuite bathroom -  I felt like I was staying in a friend's bedroom! In the dorm room, I made friends with some of the girls who had also just arrived.  We all went down to the courtyard for the BBQ - as did the rest of the hostel so it was pretty busy!! After some queuing we all eventually got a decent feed, washed down with beers from the hostel bar for the grand price of 1 per pint.

After a few sausages and a couple of beers, my new friends and I decided we would go on the pub crawl which the hostel was involved with - it was Friday night in Prague after all - it would have been rude not to!! The pub crawl involved us heading to a big hostel in the city centre for an hour of unlimited beer and wine, then going to 3 bars for a "free shot" and then finally ending up in the massive club in town by the river.  It was a bit of a rip off really, and the bars they took us to were a bit poo, but I thought the club was quite good as it had 5 different floors and all different types of music etc and the people I met were all nice and funny and we had a great laugh.  The trouble was that when it was time to go home (around 4am!), as I hadnt yet ventured into the centre of Prague during the day time, I had no idea where I was and how to get home! Luckily one of the Canadian guys from the hostel had been in Prague for a few days already and knew which tram to get back and eventually we made it home!  

The next day I had to get up and check out at 11am which was not good! But then I went for breakfast which was VERY good!! A veritable feast! Cereal,fruits, yoghurts,  breads, meats, cheese, eggs, juice, tea and much more! I was pretty tired and hungover after filling my belly to the brim, but I couldnt check in to my new room til 3pm and I was eager to see the city so I went in to town to go on the free walking tour. The city was gorgeous, and the tour guide did a great job making us laugh and keeping everyone interested. The trouble was that as the tour went on, I was getting more hungover and my headache was intensifying by the minute!! I managed to make it through the 3 hour tour but I only managed to take two photos and as soon as it was over I had to go straight back to the hostel!! 

After checking in to mynew room, having some food and a little rest I was feeling better.  I went down to the hostel bar to meet my friends from the night before.  We had a few beers and played some random card games.  Everyone was quite tired after the pub crawl the night before but still not wanting to just stay in the hostel all night.  One of the canadian guys Simon suggested that we go to this place called Cross Club that he had been to a few days earlier - as it was only 5 mins walk down the road and really cool apparently.  So we all decided to give it a go and it was really amazing.  The whole club is decorated with crazy metal work that was made by local students.  The only trouble was that the music options were either hard techo or drum n bass.  We decided DnB was the way to go and actually it was quite good! The beer was cheap and even better - there was a takeaway on site! so we all got a sneaky burger before we left! Bonus!!  

The next day, after another gut busting breakfast, my new pals and I went to look around the castle complex. It was a strange castle, as it didnt really seem to have any walls! It was more like a gathering of old buildings at the top of a hill! Afterwards we had a look around the Wallenstein Palace gardens and then agreed we should partake in a traditional Czech pastime - having a beer in one of Prague's many beer gardens. I had a pint of beer and a giant sausage for the grand price of about 2. I was so happy!!

That night we chilled out in the hostel pub watching the closing ceremony of the Olympics. The next day I got the metro to the Vysehrad, which is another castle/walled town on the banks of the Vltava river and then I walked all the way back home, taking in lots of touristy sites like the Charles Bridge, the Lennon Wall, the old town, and the Main Square on the way back. There were some beautiful buildings and lovely views to behold.  After all the walking I was knackered and I had an early start in the morning as I had booked myself on the 7am bus to Cesky Krumlov (a town 3 hours south of Prague which had been highly recommended to me) so I just had some noodles for tea and went to bed early!

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