Czech it out

Trip Start Oct 06, 2005
Trip End Oct 25, 2005

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Thursday, October 6, 2005

I survived the Air India flight with few difficulties. It sure reminded me of being in India- loud and boisterous. I flew from Chicago to Frankfurt, and then on to Prague. My friends Matt and Marcella were expecting a baby and had a baby girl the day I arrived so I havent had a chance to see them yet. I plan on seeing them before I return.

Instead I've been hanging out with my friend Petra and met quite a few of her friends: Pepa, Alana, and George. Yesterday we went to 2 castles - Karlstein and I can't remember the other one, but there was a medieval fair with costumed kights. I think it was the Krivoklat castle. George and Alana drove us there. What great hosts. It was fun to see costumed knights put on fighting shows.

Last night I wandered around the streets of Prague on a Saturday night. Holland's football team was playing the Czech team and beat them. Lots and lots of tourists in orange were out and about. Think Packers fans on the first day of hunting season in day glo orange and you get the picture.

I went out with Petra's friends on Friday night and they got to practice their English and I got to learn a little more of the Czech Republic. By 3:30 am we had all of the world's problems solved.

Pepa is an attorney with a lust for life. He was all about spend spend spend when we were out. But when we went back to his place, he took out an atlas and looked at me rather seriously. "Where is Andorra? You have 5 seconds."

Seems he thinks all Americans flunked Geography. So I pointed it out and he shot off "Where is French Guinea? You have five seconds." "You mean French Guyana?" I replied. I pointed it out and he quizzed me again a few more times. I passed with flying colors and then started pointing out the places I'd been. He was impressed/jealous.

Mostly I just spent the days here being a tourist walking all over, people watching on Wenceslas Square, taking the metro, and appreciating the beautiful architecture, especially the Charles Bridge and the castle district. It's a clean and modern city that has done a good job of protecting its past. The old city is a living museum and just taking a stroll makes a great day.

Tonight I take a night train to Budapest and arrive at 8 am..More from Budapest later.
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