3. Prague, check! (Czech)

Trip Start Jan 03, 2009
Trip End Jun 18, 2009

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Tuesday, March 10, 2009

When we got to Prague at midnight, my friend Kristin and I went straight to our hostel. The other two girls were staying at a dorm building with a friend and we had to find our own accommodations. And good thing we did because it was the nicest hostel I stayed in the whole trip. I wouldn't even call it a hotel where you usually have to share a room and bathroom with 12 other people and students are everywhere and it's never quiet. This place that we stayed in was more like a hotel. We got our own room with two beds and a connecting bathroom that is shared with the room next door, but no one was in it. The room was large and had a ton of closet space. There was free buffet breakfast in the morning and a kitchen we used two nights to make chicken, peas and carrots that we got at the local grocery store.

The first day we saw a lot of sights like the Charles Bridge, the astronomical clock and Wenceslas Square. We also met up with some Americans studying abroad in Prague, where they took us out to a traditional Czech meal. I got goulash again and it was different from Hungary, but still yummy. Traditional food in Czech must include dumplings, beef and pork, so the students said they were getting sick of all the heavy food. Also, in Prague, if the waiter puts bread on your table, it doesn't mean that it is necessarily free. If you eat the bread, then you have to pay for it. We didn't eat the bread for this reason and they still charged us! Luckily, one of the guys I was with knew a little Czech and he argued for the bread to be taken off the bill.

The next morning we visited the Prague Castle, a cafe called "Cafe Cafe", a synagogue, the dancing buildings by Frank Gehry and the Lennon Wall which is a wall of graffiti dedicated to John Lennon.

That night, my roommate and I went out dancing which was fun because it was only two blocks from our hostel/hotel and we could walk there easily and get in bed within 10 minutes of leaving. This is a big deal because our hostel was pretty far away from the main downtown area of Prague. I've heard it usually happens that way, though, with nicer accommodations outside of the main tourist areas.

Speaking of public transportation, I'm pretty sick of it right now because of how much we went on it this trip. If we didn't want our feet to fall off we had to figure out the tram and metro system in each city that we went to. This wasn't so bad because we could see more things in less time, but we were good travelers and paid for tickets every single time. Our tickets were not checked even one time. Oh well, I feel honest, but a little broke.
The next morning we went to the Prague observation tower which kind of looks like a small Eiffel Tower and had a great view of Prague. Afterwards, I got a Eurodog which is a hotdog in a baguette with a whole down the middle so that your ketchup doesn't squirt out of the other side. Then we hopped on a bus that we rode for five hours to get to Berlin.
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