Oh my God, I'm in Prague!
Trip Start May 16, 2006
22Trip End Jul 05, 2008
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For those of you thinking of going to Prague... - be warned - it's overrun with bloody tourists!!! If you try to go to the main attractions bring a machete. It sounds extreme, but I really could have used one to clear my path of photo-hungry Japs, annoying Americans, loud and ignorant English stag/hen dos and school kids - aaaggghhh! Otherwise Prague is pretty lovely, and great for a short trip. During my stay I went to a Czech rock concert, which was cool, but boy do the Czechs need some dancing lessons; a Roma Gypsy concert which was great fun and they do know how to dance; visited my first Synagogue; and learnt that the Celts were the original inhabitants of the Czech Republic and the Czechs only moved there around 600/700 years ago.
Around the Czech Republic
With a few friends I hired a car to tour the Czech Republic for a few days
Couchsurfing - a cool way to travel (www.couchsurfing.com)
Couchsurfing is a great way to travel, it's free, you meet great people and I definitely recommend it. In Prague I stayed with an American living in the Czech Republic. She was a nice enough girl and we were supposed to be doing the Trans-Siberian together, but we decided against for 2 reasons:
a)I knocked back her sexual advances, which didn't make her very happy; and,
b)One night I went out with some friends of hers and after she went home we proceeded to get very drunk, we got fined for the pissing in the street and then went back to these guys' house to smoke some dope. After doing a couple of bongs I was completely fucked - couldn't walk, talk or hardly see - FUCKED!!!! I got really paranoid and starting accusing my host of spiking my drink - as if!!! I made him phone Michelle at 3am and she paid for a taxi back to hers
We definitely made the right choice not to travel together: I've met some amazing people, had fun almost everyday and she bored the hell out of me!!!!
Don't leave home without it!
I was on my way to the bus station to take a bus to Hungary when I thought to myself "where's my passport?". Searching through my pockets I couldn't find it. So at the bus stop I started tearing my bag apart desperately trying to find it. It was nowhere to be seen. Fuck!
I missed my bus and went back to the hostel to look for it. No luck at the hostel either. I almost cried and felt really down. After the bad news, I needed a drink and found a few people I'd met that day.
These guys/girls were awesome!! They stayed drinking with me all night, helping me to drown my sorrows. And in the morning, drunk out of our heads, we all went to the British Embassy and the Police Station to report my stolen passport. A really fun trip - though I don't think the British Embassy were too impressed - which really helped me forget.
Later that day, after a few hours sleep at the hostel, I woke to find that someone had taken my rucksack. It was nowhere to be seen and no one knew where it was. Aaaggggghhhhh!!
Then, in the same day, I got locked in the toilet for about an hour.
I couldn't believe my bad luck - was someone up there trying to tell me something?!?!?
But then my luck started to change:-
a) I got out of the toilet!
b) They managed to find my bag after 4 hours of hell - the cleaner took it for some crazy reason!
c) And, after completing the form for a new passport, the clerk at the Embassy gave me a quizzacal look and asked me to repeat my name. She said that someone may have found my passport. I couldn't believe it! After making a few phone calls, she was certain. It turned out that the passport was now at the local rubbish dump. They had found it in the rubbish! Amazing or what! And when I got it back it didn't even smell - how cool is that?!
Travel Lessons (Part 2)
Lesson 3: Pretty obvious - but don't lose your passport or let it get stolen!
Lesson 4: If something goes tits up, just roll with the punches - a new day's on the horizon!