My first day alone I got so lost, on purpose. I wandered and turned until I had made a huge circle and wound up back at the river. I was completely blown away by Prague's architecture and intricate sculpture, so getting lost wasn't an issue at all. I eventually found my way to King Wenceslas Square by the National Museum, where there was live music, patio umbrellas, and shopping! I finally got myself a pair of shoes that won't kill my feet!!
After hanging out for a while I headed back to Old Town Square, where there are always
hundreds of tourists, street artists, and a place to sit and have a sausage and a beer. I spent hours listening to music and watching the people wander by. I climbed the astronomical clock tower and took pictures from the top to the strains of "Hallelujah" from the square below. I had a beer and read my book on a patio as classical piano music played on the street next to me. All in all it was the best day I've had so far.
The next morning I saw the palace cathedral on the hill (magnificent, by the way!), then the three of us were back together to walk to the Dancing House, and in the evening Jas and I took a beer tour. We tried light, dark, and red beer made in Prague, went to a Communist propoganda bar,
and then convinced the rest of our tour to come with us to try Absinthe at the recommendation of our guide. The people on our tour were wonderful so we were happy to have them join us! I didn't know that serving absinthe was such a process, but apparently the correct way to do it is to drip ice water over a sugar cube and into a glass without about an ounce or two or absinthe in it until the sugar dissolves and the glass is filled with water. As it tastes like licorice, needless to say I didn't like it at all but now at least I can say I've tried it, and the lychee cocktail I had to wash it down was wonderful!
We were very sad to leave Prague. I feel like I could have stayed for another week easily and not been bored. But either way, we have hopped a train to Vienna and are spending our first day sightseeing today!
Late Addition: I almost forgot to talk about the food!! After finding it difficult to find authentic German food in Berlin, Prague was a welcome change. Street vendors serve sausages, potato dumplings with ham and cabbage, and a sweet sugary pastry called Trdlo. The coffee is strong and dark, and beer is everywhere you turn! And like I mentioned, beer is definitely cheaper than water.
I had heard from people who have spent a few days and a few weeks in Prague that they never felt like they had enough time. I even spoke to a tour guide yesterday who has been in the city for two years; he said he still hasn't had enough time in Prague and still notices new things every time he walks around. And now I know what they all mean. It is frustratingly beautiful and I could have stayed ages without feeling like I was ready to leave.