Day 21 - Prague the tour

Trip Start Apr 20, 2009
Trip End May 16, 2009

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Noni's alarm went off which meant getting up because we wanted to do another tips only walking tour thing that I had done in Berlin and we had done in Dublin. We also needed breakfast after not having dinner the night before. It being a Sunday, however, many shops didn't seem to be open and the first I saw with a sign out was Subway. It was Subway, nothing really interesting there (except maybe that they still had the stamps system). Anyway, outside of Subway, the road was partitioned off because there was some runners going along the street and a band playing. We thought this was interesting and waited for a gap in the runners (we didn't have to wait long) and crossed the road. The streets are very windy in Prague, so we used a map to navigate to the square where the tour group met. Noni made the comment "well we have 1/2 an hour to walk a block so we dont need to rush". I ignored her and kept walking my normal pace, as we turned the corner and the road met the square there were like 4 billion people (warning: estimates may not be accurate) in the square and many more runners running down through the middle. The meeting point for the tour was of course on the other side. We walked alongside the track which was blocked off by barriers and people until we came to a point where it was just blocked off by easily liftable tape and waited until there was a gap to cross. And waited. We dove across the track and made the meeting point. The time taken to walk one block - 25 minutes.

The tour was delayed as others had difficulty also reaching the meeting point. The guide dude was an American, I thought high on some drug (which seemed popular in Prague, there were advertisements for marijuana vodka) but Noni said he was just inexperienced and nervous. We made it around the city - he talked about the main square in which the town hall was the only place bombed during WWII and the churches there. We also looked at many buildings of different styles and watched the astronomical clock at noon (where the figures were rather boring and didn't do very much at all, I wonder what all the fuss is about). In the Jewish quarter, there's this cemetery where they buried people ontop of existing graves (much as they do in Australia so I didn't really get that either). Finally we checked out the Charles Bridge (this Charles the IV guy was apparently really good for building lots of stuff around the city but I suspect he wasn't that great), Lennon Wall (memorial of sorts to John Lennon) and made comment on the 2002 floods which apparently flooded out the zoo and a sealion swam up river to Germany but died because sealions are saltwater creatures and rivers are obviously freshwater.

The guide then dashed off because apparently they only had two guides and there were two groups (ours and another) at 10:30 so he and the other guide would also have to do the 2pm. Noni and I ate a hotdog but decided we were very tired and took the scenic route back to the hotel/hostel along the river for a nap. It was a long map, but we woke in time for din din. Noni and I went to a local restaurant which served modern type asianish food, it was nom nom. After dinner, we relaxed in the hotel.
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