Czech This Out!

Trip Start Sep 06, 2008
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Trip End Oct 29, 2008


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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Praha (Prague)!

I arrived in Prague at 9 pm on Sept 20th, and it was my first destination traveling all by myself.  Thank goodness my appearance as a tourist was evident because a nice Czech boy showed me the way from my train stop to my hostel.  The hostel was really nice, with comfortable beds, colorful walls and free Internet :)

I spend my first full day in Prague wondering around the streets.  There are so many shops selling everything from Louis Veton to Swavorsky crystal.  First I went to a museum of torture instruments used in the past and I now see where the inspiration came from for the "Saw" movies.  It was mostly women tortured for being accused of being a witch or being "too quarrelsome," but it was others who committed crimes.  The methods they used for punishment were so terrible I feel so fortunate to be living in today's world!  I toured a few cathedrals and then went to see Charles Bridge and the castle.  Because Sept 21st was the Czech national day, there was music and celebrations everywhere, so I watched a few bands play by the riverside.  The castle was beautiful and had armed guards with HUGE guns guarding the door.  There was also a pit bull guarding the fenced grounds so no one hops the fence.  I went back to the hostel before dark because after 9 pm is when the pick pocketers come out here.  At the hostel, I visited with a Scottish man who can speak 6 languages because he is 8 kids with 8 different women and he had to learn to communicate fast!  He was definitely interesting!

The next day, I went to Terezin, which is a concentration camp one hour out of Prague where I met two psychiatrists from Edmonton!  Terezin was actually supposed to be a transport camp to take the people to another concentration camp such as Auschwitz, but the other camps were late in being built so many people were victims to tortures at Terezin.  They had museum where they had a documentary and lots of artwork, letters and artifacts from victims that stayed at Terezin.  Terezin was also a camp where the Red Cross came to visit.  The SS wanted to show the Red Cross that their concentration camps weren't inhuman so they gave a tour to the red cross with carefully planned routes to the minute, and the habitants of Terezin were instructed to be happy, play games and sing the entire time.  The Red Cross even wrote a letter of support for the Terezin camp.  Most people died in Terezin either because of starvation or because of the Dysteria plague even after liberation.  Very sad to see but very important to see how humans can be so cruel.  Later that night, I went to see Coldplay, a British band that one of the most popular bands in the world today!  They released tickets that day, so we had first level row 14 for under $70 Canadian.  It was such an amazing show and Chris Martin's piano playing was fabulous!

Love you, Miss you

Mal

PS - Grandpa - I double checked the spelling :)  Hopefully this one is better! 
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