Prague, the Tourist City

Trip Start Sep 17, 2010
Trip End Oct 17, 2010

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Day 4 - Prague:
Got off the train and it was a little scary. I didn't feel comfortable like I did everywhere else. I had to change some cash since they don't always do Euros here. Then I got hit up by a lady trying to rent me a room. Little creepy. I plugged in the Old Town Square into my GPS and got the hell out of there. Unlit passages under the streets weren't very comforting either. Once I got away from the station, I felt much better. I came across a nice looking restaurant while I was walking and went in. It's 10PM and the place is still pretty packed. I asked what their specialty was and I get this huge chunk of pork with cabbage (a pork knee, enough for at least 2). OMG it was good. I'm pretty sure I lost 10 years off my life eating it with all the fat, but it's worth it. I had a couple draught beers and continued on my way. I calculated it to cost around $23 for everything with exchange and whatnot. Now it was time to find a hotel or hostel or something to stay in. Everything was expensive and none of the hostels were open that I came across. I ended up finally at the Ramada. It was pretty nice. I got there at like 1:30AM, washed my clothes and went to sleep.

Day 5 - Prague:
Clothes didn't dry overnight. I guess I suck at wringing them out. Next time I guess I'll have to try harder. So I put on what was fairly dry and packed everything else into the camp towel, wrapped it up and threw it in the bag. I slept until 9:30ish. I guess I was pretty worn out even after sleeping a bit on the train. I checked out around 11 and missed breakfast. I then paid for another 30mins of internet and once again, no Flash or Java installed, so I was stuck uploading 5pics at a time and only to facebook. Definitely bringing a netbook next time. It'll be worth the wait in lost frustration. I really wish I had wifi so I could post these blogs. I think the antenna on this thing is broken. I found a hostel like 200ft from the hotel (figures) and booked a night. $16. I stored my pack and continued on. I decided to plug the Prague Castle into my GPS and came across Old Town Square first. Lovely little restaurant on the corner sounded good for "breakfast." I had a beer and a potato pancake wrapped around pork and kraut with a brown sauce. I'm really glad I asked the waitress what her favorite dish was. Damn that was good. My father and uncle would love Prague with the pork and potato dumplings everywhere. Prague must have a lot of money since I see Porsche, BMW (high end ones), Bentley, and some other really nice cars driving around. After breakfast, I ventured toward the waypoint. Then I realized the waypoint was for the hotel, not the actual castle. Good thing it was pretty obvious where the castle was. It HAD to be at the top of the hill...dammit. So I walk up the hill and looked around. Unfortunately I missed the concert and some other stuff. I wasn't really interested in going through museum overload again, either, so I climbed all 287 steps (dammit!) to the top of the bell tower to snap some pics. Prague is really pretty in the daytime. Of course the one dry thing I had was my longsleeve underarmor shirt and it was like 70deg in Prague during the day, so it looks like I won't be wearing this one again until I do laundry...again. I saw a guy doing wine tastings, so of course I had to try some. It was actually pretty good. Then I sat at a cafe on the hill and had some blueberry cake and wine. Now I'm out of Kc currency. Got some more currency on my walk looking for another waypoint. That one may have been screwed up too. What I saw didn't look like much, but I also couldn't read what it said, either. I then went back to the square to see the cathedral. Unfortunately no pics inside. Really impressive. Lots of gold leaf, paintings and intricate carvings. The organ in the back was all black with 50% covered in detailed gold leaf. There were tablets lining the walls with engravings. It was a pretty amazing place. I'm sure it took many people a long time to complete. I then wandered around some more, got a teramisu icecream cone and found my way back to the hostel where I checked my email and facebook on my phone. Dinner time, so I went out searching for a hole in the wall. I did ok, but not as good as it could have been. Got a 1/4 roast duck and a couple Svetly beers. The duck was ok. It definitely was better with the red cabbage (?) under it. I thought it came with bacon dumplings, but maybe I ordered the wrong one. Hard to tell when you don't understand the language. I finished my beer and wandered around again. I tried to see where people go again and failed...again. I decided to put a few more calories into my body and got an apple strudel and a cuppucino. I then went back to the hostel to hopefully get an earlier start to the day.

Day 6 - Prague
Got a bit of a head start. Woke up about 8 and went out in search of breakfast. Much quieter this early in the morning. I found a nice coffee shop off the main square a bit. Ate a breakfast kieche looking thing. No idea what was on it. I thought it was chocolate, but didn't taste like it. Much colder today, or at least this early in the morning. It's too bad the train is so early today. I would have liked to catch a concert. They seem to have classical and jazz everywhere. Concerts are in churches and other historic buildings. I did get to watch a jazz band for awhile on the main strip, but felt bad loitering, so I didn't stay long. I wandered around a bit and came across the river, so I walked along the river for a bit. I saw what looked like a train crossing at the top of the hill, but then realized it was constantly going back and forth. I have nothing better to do, so why not check it out. Dammit, more steps. I'm either going to have huge legs or hurt myself with all this legwork. Got to the top and found out it was a metronome. A piece of artwork. There was a huge park behind it with people running, walking and riding bikes. There was also a restaurant that I saw from the river. It was a neat building. It was prett hazy over the city, but gave a nice effect. I walked back down the path rather than the stairs and came across a biker going up. More determination than I would have. In the past when I had to deal with hills I could have made it. Right now I'd die. I made it back to the square and sat for a good hour. I wanted to take a tour, but it would end too close to my train and I don't want to run a mile with a full pack to try and catch it. No way I'm missing Nurburg. Walked some more and looked for a good place to eat lunch before I go. Found a place, but they don't serve food until 11:30. I got a Kozel tmavy (dark beer) to hold me over the 20mins. My train for Nurnburg leaves at 1:04, so I need to get moving. I pay and run back to the hostel to get my bag and head to the station. I got there pretty quick so had to wait about 25mins. The platform number wasn't shown until about 15mins before the scheduled arrival, so I was getting a bit nervous. The trip was nice. Passed through some interesting areas. I took some pictures and video. I got to Nurnberg and had an hour before my next train to Frankfurt. I called Oscar to find out what he wanted to do. He offered to pick me up and hang out around his place in Mannheim.
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