Things I've Learned and More
Trip Start Oct 13, 2010
17Trip End Dec 19, 2010
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(1) I really should have given myself more time in Prague. I always underestimate how long it will take me to get used to the time change. Because of this, there are quite a lot of things I wish I had been able to do in Prague. I know I could technically stay one more day, but then I couldn't stay in Budapest as long and I have plenty I want to do there. I know for sure that if I ever have the chance to return to Prague there will be plenty to do.
(2) It is so much colder than I anticipated. I did look up the weather before I came and that is why I did not bring my shorts, but a high of 50 degrees Fahrenheit is actually quite cold. I had to cave and buy a scarf.
(3) The escalators to the metro run really quickly, at first I thought I was imagining it, but I'm positive they don't run as fast in the US. There have been a couple of times when I stepped on and almost fell because my feet where on two steps at once and yeah it could have been really bad.
(4) Apparently Tom Cruise films most of his action movies in Prague. He is here right now getting ready to film Mission Impossible IV. Even if the movie takes place somewhere else, he films here a lot, along with many other movies. One example, Eurotrip (I know not Tom Cruise, but this was an example he gave) was filmed completely in Prague even though they were all over Europe.
(5) The sidewalks are all really pretty with intricate designs. However, they I feel like they make your feet hurt more and I saw at least five people stumble in them (luckily not me however), so they are not necessarily the safest option.
Although I did not get to do everything I wanted to do in Prague, I did get quite a lot done. Yesterday, I spent five hours at Prague Castle. I got the audio tour and learned a lot about the history of the Czech Republic. I spent some time just walking though the gardens and enjoying the fall weather and the leaves changing. It's nice to know that things such as the beauty of the fall which is by far my favorite season is something that is appreciated by people and cultures throughout the world. While I was making my way to Prague Castle, some people stopped and asked me for directions. Even after I said I was a tourist, they kept pestering me
Today was a day of walking tours. I did two, the first was the Free Tour of Prague (they only asked for tips at the end). It was from 11 to 2:30, however, a guide picked a group of us up from the Hostel at 10:15, so it was nice to get a little bit of a bonus. The tour was very informative. We got to see the New Town, the Old Town, the Jewish Quarter, and Charles Bridge among other things. The history of Prague is amazing. The tour guide was telling us how his girlfriends grandmother had lived in 8 countries even though she had never moved from Prague because of all the different rulers and governments that have come through in the last 100 years
Also to note, I haven't fallen yet (although the guy in front of me on the 2nd walking tour almost did which made me aware of a whole I probably would have stepped in) and I have yet to spill anything. All of that was typed while knocking on wood.