Partying away the cold weather!

Trip Start Aug 24, 2009
Trip End Mar 28, 2010

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Wow…okay so am I behind or what!! This was like a month ago so I will do my best to remember the goings on of Prague and all the places we visited afterwards! No guarantees! Sorry for the wait but I'm lazy…plain and simple! And this takes a good amount of thought process!

Prague…hmm…well the first I can say about Prague is that when we went…it was colllldddd! We decided to get a hostel while in Prague since we wanted to be in the heart of the city and it is also considered a party city and what better way to find out where all the parties are then at a hostel! We arrived and found a hostel that seemed to have a good personality and a cheap private room. We always try and look for hostels with decent kitchens (means we can make food and save money) and bars since the bars have cheaper alcohol and it’s a great way to meat the people in your hostel before going out for the night. This hostel also hosted pub crawls and other outings that I will get to.

As I said, it was cold in Prague and always seemed to be somewhere between drizzling rain and snowing. Being good tough Canadians we were okay once we put on a couple sweaters and a hat and scarf but oh boy it was funny to see all the Aussies freaking out. For many of them it was their first time seeing snow in the city. We had an awesome conversation with a guy from Melbourne who described his experience of buying gloves for the first time due to the 5degree weather. Hilarious! Unfortunately this cold and wet weather also meant that sightseeing was out of the question and no way was Chris taking out his camera. Luckily the nights were always nicer and milder, especially after a few drinks at the bar downstairs, and we were able to go out and enjoy the famous nightlife!

Our first night there we went down to the bar for some drinks and to chat with a few other travelers. The hostel bar was down in the unfinished basement, surrounding us with cement walls and pipes. The walls were covered in various countries flags and signed with hundreds of signatures of all the travelers who have passed through. And what do you know. Canada front and center, filled with the most signatures! I asked for a marker and signed our initials in a tiny remaining corner. I also got a picture of a friend we made signing his American flag. The funniest was the Australian flag which was covered in dust and hung all haphazardly. This is funny because most of the people in the bar were Aussies. They should buy a new flag…lol! We started talking with a few guys and ended up deciding to go to a bar/lounge that one of them had been to a few nights earlier. Its fun talking to all these travelers since it seems everyone has just been from the country you’ve been or from the country you’re going to next and yet everyone has had a different experience and seen different things. It just goes to prove that you can never experience everything! We went to Chapeau Rouge and sat by the bar talking and drinking. The place was a fun mix of dance club, bar and lounge. I even managed to get Amaretto…which from the appearance of the bottle wasn’t often used. We called it a night and walked back to the hostel. Overall a successful night. 2 of our bar mates were leaving the next morning so we wished them good travels at the stairs and went to bed.

The next day we decided we should do some sightseeing….after walking for 15 minutes we changed our minds and did some groceries instead. Nothing warms you up better then a nice big pot of spaghetti. Delicious! After eating we were informed that it was pub crawl night and after talking with a few people who were thinking about going we all paid up and made our way to Bohemian Bagel. Yes, the pub crawl started at a bagel shop. The bagel shop is where the first 2 hours are spent and the beer is free the whole time. I’m not the biggest beer drinker so after 1 I was out but Chris enjoyed a few and most people enjoyed the beer through a fun game of beer pong and flip cup! We got little tickets stating that if we bought 2euros worth of merchandise from bohemian bagel then we got a free t-shirt. So if you see any pictures of us wearing "Prague underground" shirts then you’ll know we got them! We actually went back the next day and got some delicious bagel sandwiches so it was well worth it. Next stop was a lounge right across the street. Free entry and a free shot that tasted like green apple sour puss. Chris got the job of holding the shot bucket which turned out to be pretty fun and earned me and Chris an extra shot (don’t know why I got one but I’m not complaining)! This place was nice enough to have amaretto sour but was also a little on the expensive side so we danced and sipped! Next stop was a club a little far away so lo and behold we got on bus just for us pub-crawlers and got a ride to the next stop. It took forever to get into the club due to the security and metal detectors and coat check lines but once in it was pretty empty. There were lots of people but the place was massive! There had been a Miss Internet sensation or something going on earlier so it was funny to see girls in ball gowns and sashes walking around while I’m in my jeans and running shoes! Well me and Chris did what any slightly drunk and underdressed couple would do! We got on the stage and danced our asses off! The music was pretty good although slightly 2005ish but we had a good time. By 2 am we were spent and catched a cab back to the hostel. If 2am sounds lame then I forgot to mention that Pub crawls start at 8:30-9:00 so we had been partying for a good 5 hours. We slept well that night!

The next day was another day of ugly weather but we couldn’t go to Prague and not do any sightseeing. There was a small break in the rain so we trudged out into the old town center and took in the sights. Prague is known not only for its crazy nightlife but for all its beautiful architecture too. Walking through Old town (Stare Mesto) was beautiful with its many churches and statues. Prague is also known for its astronomical clock (Orloj) which is quite an intriguing thing to look at. After walking around and enjoying Old town we decided to walk across Charles Bridge (Karluv Most). Even with the bad weather and threatening of rain Charles Bridge was covered in people crossing over towards the famous castle or taking pictures of the many statues lining the bridge. Unfortunately part of the bridge was under construction while we were there so the view was slightly spoiled. We managed to wade through the other tourists to the other side of the bridge but once there we realized the Castle was still quite far away and we were tired and hungry. So much for that! We made our way back to the hostel and tucked visiting the castle (Prazsky Hrad) into our back pockets for another day.

That night meant another night on the town at Chapeau Rouge. We spent most of the night sitting at the bar with our friend Hamish, who lives in Melbourne, discussing our travels from parties to visiting Auschwitz. It was a relaxed night out with good music and good drinks. Hamish was off in the morning so we bid him farewell after promising to contact him when we got to Melbourne and went to sleep after another great day in Prague.

The next day (Sunday) was time for a new Prague experience. The two Prague hockey teams were playing against each other and most of the people staying in the hostel decided to get some tickets and enjoy the game. There were a few of us Canadians and Americans sitting next to the Aussies so we all pitched in and helped them learn what was going on as they watched their first hockey game. The competition was good and the crowds were rowdy! It was Sparta vs. Slava and even though both were Prague teams we were in Spartas turf so we all cheered for the home team. It’s amazing to see the ice and the jerseys of these teams because they are COVERED in advertisements. Just like in Nuremburg the fans had intricate cheers and miked up bongos. Everyone got really into it but unfortunately the home team lost. We decided not to go out that night and spent a relaxing night in before our next part of the journey began.

Monday it was time to leave but we still had one last thing to do. We got our van and made our way to the castle. You can’t skip one of the biggest castles in the world! Once again it wasn’t too nice of a day but we made the best of it and got some hot chocolate and then went to see the sights. After a breathtaking view and a beautiful cathedral we couldn’t take the cold anymore and walked back to the van but well worth the stop.
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