Prague will always have a special place in my heart. It was certainly a majestic delight. It was the first time i had ever traveled alone to a foreign country and somehow I did not feel alone. I met some pretty interesting people along the way and had some pretty good food. For two days straight I walked those cobbled streets with a youthful jubilee and by the end of it all i regret nothing. I bought a diary along with me during spring break and here are my thoughts about Prague.
Pre Departure thoughts:
I like to make things more stressful than they need to be. I am convinced that this theory is true. I am currently on an express train to Stansted Airport. It is exactly 3:40 a.m. My flight to Prague leaves at 6:00 a.m. I had initially planned on taking a cab to Liverpool Street however, I had zero luck on booking a ride from a particular cab company. At the last minute, I quickly decided to run towards the bus station near my flat. After a 30 minute bus ride filled with drunk students I had finally made it to Liverpool Street. Step one of getting to Prague is now successful. Over the past few weeks I’ve slowly come to terms with traveling alone. So to everyone out there please have a little faith in me. My strong type A personality have manifested into planning the perfect trip. I’m happy at the thought that I’ll have so many cool stories and memories all to myself. Let the adventures begin.
PRAGUE DAY 1
Well, I made it to Prague. I made it to Prague on a party plane. Seriously. There were so dude bros, 21st birthday celebrations and madness. Everyone on the plane was so loud and I was so sleepy. Those two do not mix. However, I managed to take multiple naps due to being completely exhausted. With my eyes and mind still asleep I made my way through immigration way too quickly. Thankfully, they had taxi booths at the airport and I was able to order a taxi to my hostel. My taxi driver was a nice lady named Rinka. She had short blonde hair and spoke really great english. As soon as I got into the taxi I could not stop bothering her with questions and comments about Prague. She was nice enough to give me tips and suggestions. Our 40 minute ride took us through different outlier cities that were either suburban or urban sanctuaries. I was even able to spot the dancing house as we got towards the New Town section of the city. I arrived at my hostel around 10:00 a.m. I quickly checked in and dropped off my bags. But first my cell phone had to be charged because it was at only 10 percent. I stayed around the hostel and charged my phone until around 12:30 p.m. and then I was off!
I spent the last few hours wandering around Prague and its so beautiful. Before coming here I had downloaded a walking audio guide by Rick Steves. I started out at Wenceslas Square. Wenceslas Square is a major focal point of the city’s history because it is the iconic setting of many historically significant Czech protesting and demonstrations. I then made my way towards Church of Our Lady before Týn. Afterwards I headed towards the famous Charles Bridge. Every corner of Prague was a great photo opportunity. Later that evening I struck up a conversation with a named Alex who was born in London and I also met another guy named Antonio. Antonio had just arrived and I quickly learned that he was from Mexico. He was backpacking through Europe and planned on staying in Prague for around seven days. I gave him a tour of the city and we ended up having dinner. We talked about traveling to different countries and all sorts of topics. We had traditional Czech food and I bravely ordered cheese that were in fact that of the stinky cheese variety. Bad idea! That night I was so tired that I showered and went to sleep around 10 p.m.
PRAGUE DAY 2
On day two I woke early around 8:30 a.m and got dressed just in time for an early breakfast. With a handy map and google I was off! My first mission was to successfully make it to a museum called Veletržní palác. The museum had the Slav Epic by the famous Czech artist Alfons Mucha. Thanks to a student discount I only paid 150 czk. I had never felt that emotional just from looking at art before. The Slav Epic told the story of the slavic people throughout history. The colors and the stories both brought me to tears. It was easily my most favorite thing about Prague. I then made my way towards the Prague Castle area, but first I detoured towards the John Lennon Wall. There was a very cute musician singing that popular George Ezra song up against the colorful wall. Once I made my way towards the top of the castle I decided not to go inside but to climb to the top of St. Vitus Cathedral for a smaller price. The view was breathtaking and I got to see all the quintessential red top roofs thats often associated with Prague. While at the top I noticed that the cathedral had flying buttresses. (Shout out to my architecture professor Norman) On my way up I did run into Antonia who was heading down. We high-fived and continued our journey. Samantha Brown who had a show on the travel channel called Passport to Europe recommended this one place that had the best apple strudel in Prague. I made the one hour journey on foot only to find out that the place was closed on weekends. Feeling defeated I walked back to restaurant that Antonio and I had dinner at and I ordered myself an apple strudel for dessert. The next day i woke bright and early for my train to Vienna. This would also mark the first time that I would take a train from one European city to the next. TO BE CONTINUED!