Trip Start Jun 17, 2009
Trip End Jun 21, 2009

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Friday, June 26, 2009

We had an excellent day in Praha today (thats how you say Prague in Czech!).

We went to bed the only people in a room meant for 11 people, woke up with 14 in the room- there was a lot of spooning in twin size beds going on! The beds were fine, the people were sociable, we got sub sandwiches for free for breakfast.... (that part was weird).

First stop of the day was the ATM. Prague does not use the Euro, they use the Czech Crown (cK). One USD is equal to approximately 19 cKs. It is hard to get used to the prices here, using 1000 and 2000 dollar bills makes you feel like a high-roller. Heyyy Big Spender! Oh yeah, water costs more than beer here. AND its all carbonated.

Next stop was a walking tour of the City. Ryan and I have decided these are the best way to start getting familiar with a City. Its free- or VERY close to free, just need to tip at the end. We learn about what the buildings are, what their significance is, a bit about their architecture, and we get familiar with the sites of the city- not to mention insider tips about what is/isnt worth your time.

We met a tour guide in Wencesles Square (After King Wencesles- like the Christmas song). We saw the first astronomical clock, toured old town and parts of new town, went through the old jewish district, and walked up to the Prague castle. We lost our tour guide after a stop for lunch, but made it up to the castle on our own and spend a good amount of time walking around. Prague is beautiful, the buildings are amazinging in their gothic architecture and there are a TON of nice cars here- we've seen a few aston martins, among others. (Amanda is writing this blog update, forgive her if she spelled "aston martin" wrong and for not mentioning the specific porsches, and audis, and whatever other kind of car you can attach the word "turbo" or "s" to that were seen today). It is actually quite surprising the amount of nice cars we have seen- the City does not seem to be particulary affluent, in fact, some areas appear to  be quite poverty stricken. Maybe the high rollers are running drug cartels or maybe there is just a very large gap between the high and low classes here.

After walking back from the castle, our bodies were telling us they were tired. We went to the grocery store and bought pasta to cook for dinner, chocolate for dessert, some bread to go with the pasta, some bananas for nutrients, and some water- all for under 7 USD (137 cK).

On the walk back to the hostel, it started pouring and thundering! It had been muggy all day long, but sunny. The temp was somewhere around the 70s with a high percentage of humidity.

We are leaving our hostel in the morning and staying with a couch surfer for our remaining days. He lives with his girlfriend and is also hosting two people from Switzerland. It should be interesting.

Tomorrow we plan to purchase our bus tickets (in advance) to Munich, go on another tour of the City, and check out a church that has a human arm hanging from the ceiling. Apparently, way back when, someone stuck their arm through some metal grating trying to steal something and his arm was cut off by someone from above him. His arm has been hanging there for over a century now as an example for others that attempt to steal.  Note to self: don't steal ANYthing while in Prague.
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