Trip Start Jun 24, 2006
Trip End Aug 12, 2006

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Prague is really spectacular. Our first night was a real adventure. We got in from Nurnberg at about 11 pm, without a booked hostel. We had one booked for the next night, but weren't able to get the right train ticket. So we were stuck in the train station. We made our way out on the streets hoping to find a place in a park or something. We ended up roaming for a while and then made our way back to the station, just planning to shack up inside. Turns out they clost the place down at 1. There is a grassy area in front of the station, so we layed out a tarp and tried to sleep, depsite the slew of drunk bums around. It was scary, and made for a restless night. At some point during the night, close to 3, I was woken somehow. When I opened my eyes there was a man kneeling over me. I quickly slid away and, being groggy as I was, just sat and stared at the guy. He went off in Czech and when Ian said he didn't understand he put his face in his hands for a moment, then stood up and walked away. Ian says I yelled when I woke up. I don't remember doing it, but I can imagine I did. We ended up laying there a little longer, in terror, until the tram started running and made our way to where the hostel is. The Green House is the name. It's a really nice place. Lots of friendly people. Gordon, the owner, is drunk all the time and wants everyone else to get drunk with him. Real nice guy. Europe without alcohol just isn't the same. A lot of blank faces when we let them know we don't drink. We met a couple swedish fellows. One a recovered alcoholic for 20 years, and the other a current alcoholic. I will tell the story of the current alcoholic to anyone that wants to hear it when I return. He stayed in the same room as us. Makes me shiver thinking about it.
Prague! What a marvelous place. There is so much packed into a relatively small area. So many amazing buildings. Today we payed $2.50 to get a tour of the Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square. Really great. Along the way we were able to see the baroque interior of the library. The oldest book in there dates back to the 16th century. The place was amazing. They very little light in and no air, so you can imagine the smell when entering. It was just like the libraries from the movies. Walls and walls just stacked with massive books. Ladders, lots of ladders. And then we hiked up the tower, where one gets a beautiful view of prague. The guy giving the tour was exactly like you would imagine a guy turning the wheels of the clock - short, long hair, and speratic hand movements as he speaks broken enlgish, completely showing his love for the place he spends each day in.
Prague is our vaction during our vacation. We are finally relaxing a little bit. We have no plans, and no where to be. We just get to enjoy the place to the fullest. I'm really enjoying it. And everything is relatively cheap here. Tonight we are heading to an Irish Pub we heard about for a hearty dinner. Hearty dinner... our last night in Germany we went to an all you can eat pizza buffet at Pizza Hut. I'm still full. Our first and last american meal of the trip.
The computer I'm on is super slow, so no pictures this time around.
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