On the train to Praha
Trip Start Sep 20, 2009
14Trip End Ongoing
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On the train again – only this time I'm travelling from Vienna to Prague. Natalie and I have had a great first few days on the continent. We ate weird vegetable Strudel, schnitzel, lots of pork and a few gelatos. Our only regret so far is that we didn’t buy "Shocken Bananen" in the candy store near Charles square. Not only is it the greatest product name ever, it actually looked pretty good. We couldn’t figure out if the shocken bananens were actual chocolate dipped bananas or just banana flavoured chocolate. Either way, the next time I see the stuff I’m buying it.
We’re slowly figuring out how best to stretch a dollar over here. We’ve paid 8 euros for a delicious thin crust pizza with two tall boys of Gosser lager at a street vendor stand (that’s right, tall boys at a food stall), and 25 euros for less-than-stellar sausage at a cafe
We’re still dealing with a touch of jet lag and a lot of culture shock. Nat is perplexed by the German language, and claims that she can understand “everything else”. I told her that it’s closer to English than Polish is, but she wasn’t having any of it. Our stress levels are also pretty North American. We found out that we were sitting on the wrong platform to get on this train about half an hour before the train was set to depart. We practically sprinted to the right platform – for no real reason. Then when we were boarding there was no place to put our gigantic bags. Natalie rushed to find someone to ask what we should do. I stood nervously, wondering if we weren’t allowed bags this size on the train. Turns out, the Europeans just put them anywhere. Room on the chair next to you? Lay it there. Packed train car? Pile them in the aisles. It’s great. We’re so used to having our bags weighed, measured and secured by someone that works for the bus/train company. It’s little things like that that are teaching us to just relax. The guy beside me brought two beers onto the train
I’ve just about lost Natalie to her technological devices. If she’s not using the camcorder to film footage for the movie that she’s decided to make, she’s crouched down twenty yards behind me with her new camera snapping an artistic shot. I’m not complaining though, she’s having a lot of fun with it, and the pictures we have so far look great. On that note, we’ll get them posted up here as soon as we can.