Another touristy day

Trip Start Sep 08, 2009
Trip End Oct 22, 2009

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Hlavní Mesto Praha,
Saturday, September 12, 2009

Had a great day in Prague today, truly is a beautiful city. But before I get to that, last night. I decided my first day in Prague warranted a visit to one of the nightclubs in town. I chose one that had 5 stories, each with a different kind of music. I got there at opening time, so naturally it was dead, which made a person hanging out by himself seem even sadder. But I didn’t let that get to me! I stuck to my guns and rode it out, waiting for the crowd to come to me. For a premium club, it was relatively inexpensive. A redbull and vodka was about $5, and beer still only about $2, which made a bored Aussie very happy!

Anyway, after about an hour, the place was getting busy. As previously explained, the place had 5 levels of differing styles of music. The most fun had to be the disco floor, with a multicoloured light floor like Starsky and Hutch. I couldn’t help but go and take the piss out of the people dancing seriously, as you do. So I went out to the middle and showed them what I was made of. Apparently dancing like a wanker is an international language, and equally as cool over here. An easy (but embarrassing for some, not I) way to make friends! I do also have to comment on the r&b floor… hilarious. Flat hats and XXL shirts are also ‘in style’ in Prague. I couldn’t help myself but blatantly laugh at the people on this floor, but I completely lost it when a Czech version of ‘Soldier boy’ came on. I’m still chuckling at the reaction to this song…

Well that will do for last night. Onto today.

Being on holiday means that it is easy to forget what day it is. Obviously the weekend is the busiest day for tourism, and the most annoying for me. Despite being a tourist myself, I am easily frustrated by slow moving crowds and lines, especially since I am in the city for 2 weeks. I can only imagine what it is like to actually be a citizen of the city… a special mention to how annoying Americans are. After working with them in the Navy I was aware of their stupidity. An American tourist is a whole different story. No wonder everyone hates them. I must be learning though, I decided its best to bite my tongue and avoid an international relations incident and quickly remove myself from the area.

Today’s mission was Charles Bridge and Prague Castle. Both absolutely amazing. Charles Bridge was built in the 14th Century to replace a bridge that had washed away in a massive flood. I tell you, this one is not going anywhere, and the city engineers obviously believed the same with the placement of beautiful statues every 10 metres. There was some restoration work being done however so I didn’t get to see all of them, and it made the bridge quite narrow in spots. With this in mind, and the bridge being one of the city’s hotspots for pickpockets, I decided to move onto the castle without delay.

Like most successful medieval fortresses, Prague castle was built on the biggest hill providing maximum view of the surrounding land. While a defensive measure back in the day, it now allows breathtaking views of the city. It is just a trek to get there, and in thongs on cobblestone roads, it could be easier. Yes, I do have comfier shoes, but no I wanted to wear my thongs. Not a good choice, but my feet will survive.

The Prague Castle still houses the house of the President, and so is still guarded by the military, or city guard. I arrived just in time for the change of the guard, which happens every hour - a huge tourist attraction. I didn’t get to see much of the drill, but it is much like the change of guard for Buckingham palace, except these guys don’t wear the big hats. The Castle is massive, so after walking around for a few hours being almost as snap happy as your average Japanese tourist, I wandered back down into the city.

After some wandering around trying to find a place to buy credit for my new Czech Vodafone service, I returned to the point of purchase. No one in Prague knew enough English to understand what I required, so I thought the Vodafone store would definitely be able to help me. Well, I was wrong. After 5 minutes of them trying to sell me another sim card, someone who spoke a little English came into the store to rescue me. Damn you, Lonely Planet! You said that there were tonnes English speaking people in this place! Not that I can complain, I am in the Czech Republic, not the English republic!

That pretty much sums up my day in Prague. Sunday should be interesting, I have to go do some laundry. Try explaining that one with gestures!

More to come!

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