Same old, same old

Trip Start Jun 19, 2008
Trip End Sep 04, 2008

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Prague Square Hostel

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Friday, August 29, 2008

Many of the cities I am traveling to are about 3-5 hours apart, so they are not far enough to take an overnight train/bus but far enough to eat up my daily sightseeing time. Therefore strategizing the timing of the transfer is crucial in maximizing my time.  Initially, I thought it would be best to take off very early in the morning, like 7, and check into a hostel and set off by 1pm.  However, it turns out that you don't get that many sightseeing hours that way since almost all shops, museums, and sights close before 5 or 6.  Between 6 and 9 in almost every place I have been to is kind of the down time.  You eat dinner and just hang around before you start your night activity.  So, I've concluded that the best time to travel in between cities that are about 3-5 hours apart is actually sometime around 4pm.  That way you can do hours of sightseeing from 9am to 3pm (which is my regular schedule anyway), take a bus/train, check into your hostel before it gets dark and dodgy, and go out at night.  Hence my plan to take the 4pm bus to Prague today.  It was also all of 14 czk cheaper (~1 USD)!

Anyway, I woke up for breakfast this morning, and the guys I chatted with last night were in the picnic area.  They asked me if I wanted to go rafting with them.  How long would it be, I asked.  They said something like 5 hours!  Yikes.  Even though I would have absolutely loved, loved, LOVED rafting, I had to decline because I am not feeling well, and I am leaving at 4pm.  Boohoo... so instead of going on the party raft, I walked around the old town.  Cesky Krumlov is drop-dead gorgeous.  That's pretty much all I can say about this place.  You just walk around the town, mesmerized by the beauty.  You take a lot of pictures that end up looking more or less the same.  It's really small, so it gets tedious fast in my honest, humble opinion.  I guess you could  spend a large part of your day "rafting" down Vltava and drinking beer.  People say you need to spend more time here- that 2 days is not enough- but that's quite alright.  This is a place to wind down and relax... it's one of those places that are so beautiful that you think of all the people you could bring here.  I am so used to constant entertainment, overload of stimuli, and endless sights to explore that I just can't RELAX in a place like this.  I would like to come back one day... when I am like my parents' age.  For now, I shall move onto Prague.
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