I Ate'nt Dead!

Trip Start Oct 20, 2010
Trip End May 03, 2011

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Hlavní Mesto Praha,
Wednesday, February 16, 2011

No, I am in fact still very much alive. Life has been a bit hectic this last week or so to say the least, hence the lack of updates. It's fine, you probably all needed a break from my mad ramblings anyway!

Prague was a city I had mixed feelings about beforehand. Obviously it has a reputation for being a party city, whilst simultaneously being one of the most beautiful cities of the Gothic period, and many other periods besides. 

The thing I was apprehensive about was the party aspect. I enjoy a good booze-up as much as the next guy but I was eager to not fall in to the same trap that I did in Budapest, that being spend so much time drunk or hungover that I didn't see any of the city.

It turned out that I managed to strike a reasonable balance between the two and only ended up being spectacularly hungover on one day, after a rather more vigorous session of alcohol consumption than had been originally intended. (At least partly to blame was the shot of Absinthe I mistook for something less awful and volatile.)

I didn't have a whole lot in the way of specific things I wanted to see in Prague, and it was nice to just be in a city which has so many incredible buildings that you can wander around and just enjoy it. I did a little bit of Geocaching, which was nice after taking a little break from it.

The main order of business on the first day (Valentine's Day) was meeting up with Tom, Dave and Kate, whom I had met in Salzburg. They brought along a few people they had met at their hostel and we went for a nice dinner followed by a few quiet bevvies in a pub nearby. It was a fun evening and a nice alternative to my usual V-Day festivities of drinking lots and generally being a bitter old man.

The next day I took the train out to Kutna Hora to see the Ossuary, which is about an hour away from Prague. The Ossuary is a chapel which is decorated almost exclusively with human bones. The pictures will no doubt attest to how strange it is, but also to how, in a way, it's kind of sickeningly impressive. You certainly wouldn't get away with it these days.

Most of the rest of my time in Prague was unfortunately spent trying to stop a potential cold from developing, so was largely spent in the hostel. I did manage to walk around a bit more though and Prague really is an impressive city. It is a different kind of impressive to the likes of Vienna, though, which I think has a lot to do with the Gothic building style.

Ooh, look at me sounding all knowledgeable about architecture and whatnot!
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