Czech it out!
Trip Start Jan 23, 2011
1Trip End Jun 07, 2011
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First and foremost sorry for this being my first post. Since I have gotten to Italy it has been go-go-go and the internet situation has been far from easy. That being said, welcome to my international life!
Prague was my first European trip outside of Italy, or Florence for that fact. It topped my expectations and I'm pretty sure I fell in love with the place. The buildings are so decorative and colorful, the people are so accepting and "bohemian" (in the fact that they judge only on your personality, not what you're wearing or where you are from), there is magnificent architecture such as gigantic gothic cathedrals, clock towers, and old bridges .. it is so picturesque it feels surreal at time (much like Firenze, only more bold), and the beer!
For now.. take a look at these pictures! make sure you actually click on the photo so that a slideshow "pop up" appears (you cant read my captions unless you view them that way). enjoy! :)
After putting this pictures up, I realized I didn't even get to document half of my trip. My camera died at sunset on the charles bridge.. definitely a disadvantage with the rechargeable brick battery because we never went back to the hotel until we had to leave the next morning, ha thats a story in itself. But Alecia has pics though so maybe I can put a few of those up.
So the first day we got there consisted of the walking tour, lunch at this super local spot with cheap and delicious cafeteria service style food, then went around this open air market (bought a beautiful print of a painting of prague and czech hockey jerseys yeaahhh!!), and then to the awesome Mucha gallery.. totally new appreciated for him (an art nouveau artist) but he had the most elaborate beautiful fantasy-like works of females (typical Mucha pieces), but then the gallery had so much more like these incredible pencil drawings of anything and everything (plants, kitchen-ware, furniture designs, industrial design) just really sweet stuff, such a talented draftsman, when most people think most of his work is just "pretty" portraits of girls
so the next day, our second day there. alecia and i finally arise after the pub crawl and staying up in the hostel with our new friends from Wales till almost 6am. We grab breakfast and take the tram/subway to the old town square..
small insert, i jsut took a break from all this typing (im in my graphic design classroom because i get the internet here) but i just got a little instant macchiato out of the coolest vending machines that are everywhere here!! i dont know what im going to do when i get back from the states.. they are amazing for .40 or .60 euro you can get a cappucino, espresso, yadda yadda made instant and its actually good. heaven.. its how i survive my night class.
anyways so we head to the town square to meet with our group for our first excursion that we signed up for: the castle tour!! thats what half of the pictures i put up are from. It was insane the massivemassive area with a HUGE gothic cathedral and tons of other buildings. the "castle" was actually like a town it was so cool, definitely look at the pictures if you haven't already
This tour with worth every penny/euro/crown whatever. we basically got to go around for the night with a local (Tomas, he's actually from spain but has been living in Prague for 7 years now) but he brought us to the coolest local bars and pubs it was awesome to get a taste of the local life (literally and figuratively). Our tour group consisted of me and alecia, a couple from australia who are living in London for the year, and a couple from Chile! quite the mix.. and a portion of our night was in spanish, kept things interesting. I wish I had pictures from this night! Alecia does so I'll see if i can get some up but the bars were really cool.. one was decked out in this vulgar cartoon where the main character is Prague's equivalent of Homer Simpson we drank the darkest beer I've ever had but it actually was really tasty and not bitter and wasn't carbonized to it actually sits way better with the stomach.. the czech in fact don't carbonate their beer.. I'm sure you could find it there, but why would you want to! it was way better than regular beer because it still was fizzy and it had the thickest foam head.. beautiful you could say. At the second bar we we sat next to this room with beer barrels/tanks behind us though a glass wall it was really cool
So from there we bid our farewells to our new australian friends (who we might meet up with when we go to london) and the couple from chile and tomas alecia and I headed to the 80's 90's club Lucerna.. this is where the rest of the bus2alps kids were, but we showed up later because we were on our way cooler bar tour. but we got to go to lucerna anyways and it was SO fun!! it was this club with a huge screen by a stage type thing in the middle with all the orginal music videos playing with the songs and it was the best mix and so fun to dance to (not the typical grimy club) it was awesome really enjoyable. From there Tomas took us to an unforgettable place (that was a pretty unforgettable night on the whole) but this in particular. We went to a "club" it was more like a bar that played house music, but this wasn't just any bar.. it was a boat! So there we were in Prague on a club/boat on the beautiful charles river. We watched the sunrise as a backdrop behind the fairy-tale like landscape as we stood on the balcony of this boat floating on the charles river. absolutely amazing. We were going to walk to the lennon wall (attempt #2) but it was WAAYY too cold, it "would be a risk to our health" as Tomas worded it. He was probably right. Instead we ate the weirdest breakfast i've ever had.. random little deli salads lord knows what was in them and a cold fried chicken strip. Maybe not the best food, glad i tried it though. From there I picked up a nip of absinthe with the clock tower on the glass as a little souvenir (there were more liquor stores open than breakfast places.
Na Zdravi! Cheers!