Czeching out Prague!

Trip Start Apr 28, 2009
Trip End Jun 01, 2009

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Sunday, May 3, 2009

Caught the train to Prague this morning. English speaking people filled the train. I don't know where they were hiding before! There was this woman on the train that seriously had the bushiest mustache I have ever seen! I wanted to take a picture sooo badly!! The train ride is pretty long, 5 hours facing some German guy in our compartment. It is a Czech train so it isn't as sleek and modern as most of the German ones.

Once I arrived in Prague it was pure chaos. There were people everywhere! Everyone was rushing about finding their train or gathering their bearings. I managed to figure out where and what kind of ticket I needed to get to my hostel. It is quite a challenge to find an ATM, find where and what kind of metro/tram ticket you need, where to buy it and where the metro/tram is. When you get to the ATM they give you money in the biggest denomination ever so it pisses the cashier off when you buy a ticket worth 50 cents (or so) with a bill that is worth 50 dollars. Now times that by 20 with all the other travelers that did it before you and you get one angry lady! I ended up taking the tram in the wrong direction and had to back track, but I finally made it. The hostel is a little further away from the old town, but it is on a tram line that will take me straight there. I had asked to be put in a female dorm, but there was no room. Instead I am bunking with 5 other guys! Not that I really minded though....haha.  The hostel seems really laid back, they have a bar downstairs and laundry service. What more can I ask for? Well, I can think of a few but I will leave that up to your imagination...

I went to the old town after I checked in. I couldn't ask for better weather. My first impressions of Prague was not good. It is so unbelievably crowded, and it has a carnival like atmosphere. The buildings are very old and beautiful, but there are so many tacky souvenir stores with meat head no neck guys standing in front. I checked out Tyn Church, the main square and Charles Bridge. I then went to eat and sample my first Czech "pivo". It was okay. By this time it was getting later in the evening, and I walked around the same route I took earlier. At this time, most of the crowds had left and I appreciated Prague so much more! It really is a beautiful city! The castle dominates the skyline and looks amazing at dusk when the lights around it are all lit  up.

Came back to the hostel and called Hartley. Calls are pretty cheap here. For 18 minutes it costs a little more than a beer. Had a beer from  the bar (on tap Pilsner Urquell-the original Pilsner) and will soon go back up to my room where I expect to see 5 gorgeous half naked men waiting for me....hahaha
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