Prague Day 2

Trip Start Sep 10, 2013
Trip End Dec 20, 2013

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Praha,
Sunday, October 6, 2013

Today we went on a 4 hour tour of the city that started at the Prague Castle. This is the largest castle in the world and is situated on the top of a hillside. It was built starting in the 9th century and has many types of architecture and cathedrals and churches. It really was breathtaking to walk through the different areas and see the different eras one after another, all connected to build this magnificent castle. 
Next we walked all over the Old Town and over the Charles Bridge to the "newer" parts of the city. Prague is so beautiful because it isn't just one part that is riddled with history and old magnificent buildings, it is the entire city. You cannot turn a corner without finding yourself staring up at a building connected to centuries of history. This is what made it my favorite city so far to visit.
After our tour we had free time. We all decided to shop because we had not anticipated how cold it would be on our trip and none of us were very prepared. I had to buy a scarf and some long sleeve shirts for layering. The mall was right next to our hotel and 5 stories! Oh, I also needed another pair of boots because I only had one pair, and I knew I was never going to wear the sandals I packed (bad idea). After shopping and taking a much needed nap, we went to a pub restaurant recommended to us by our tour guide. It was an old tavern only lit by candlelight and the waiters all dressed as if we went back in time. They would bang our beer mugs on the table and practically throw the dinner plates. Manners were not customary here. There was also entertainment with dinner. Two guys played instruments and a belly dancer danced on our table and around the tavern. Later in the evening the guys did a gun fight scene and scared us as they fired the gun and it was full of blanks, but inside, even a blank sounds loud!Then there was a fire show where the belly dancer from before did a dance with fire balls and one of the guys ate and blew fire (this is all inside by the way!) and lastly a sword fight. It was the most amazing restaurant (not to mention I had another great meal of duck, cabbage, and dumplings!)

The only unfortunate part of Prague (and mostly by my own fault) is that my entire wallet with all my id's and credit and debit cards and about $300 was stolen. I now have experienced pick-pocketing. Luckily I remained very calm about it and came to realize that it is only plastic and some cash. I still had a whole amazing trip ahead of me and I could live off the food I got at our free breakfasts if I had to. Luckily, my friends on the trip are the nicest I have ever met and helped me out, as well s my parents. What would I do without them and Western Unions!
(If you ever find yourself in my position, Western Unions are the greatest. All you need is an ID, like your passport, and the number that the sender has and you get as much money as you need. You need someone to send it to you of course, but hopefully you have at least one good friend in your life)

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Papa on

I am adding Prague to my bucket list!

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