Part 1: Leaving Vienna
I write this post on a particularly bumpy road. That’s both a metaphor and reality. I broke my #1 drinking rule while travelling… never get drunk the night before a big trip. Oops. Austrian beer and I got along very well and I regret the toxic relationship immensely. Needless to say remembering at 8.45am in the shower that I have a bus to catch at 9.45am was both exhilarating and completely unnecessary.
Aside from the revolting bus ride from hell (the bus is actually really comfy, spacious, and convenient) Austria has been marvellous. I finally found a hostel that knew the importance of socialising and had an amazing night last night. The previous few nights were very lonely as I tried but failed to find people worth spending any time with. I’ve discovered food, food, beer, more food, and one or two cultural beauties along the way.
I have to say aside from the touristy feel of Vienna (lots and lots of tourists) it really is a wonderful city. I’m a bit sad to say bye, but Prague awaits !
Part 2: Actually in Prague
That should say it all.
I absolutely love this city. The buildings are beautiful. The food is tasty and filling (important distinction). The women are utterly gorgeous. The hostel is friendly and welcoming. The beer is amazing and cheap. The city is easy to navigate. The history is interesting. I cannot get enough of Prague so far and it’s barely been 24 hours so far.
I had a particularly social beginning to my Prague experience. I met two Argentinians outside my bus as they were unsure as to where it was going. This then lead to them asking if I knew my way around Old Town Prague… and then helping them at the metro… and then exchanging numbers… and then bumping into each other completely at random in a small side street in Prague. Instant friends.
I then met an Australian girl at check in which instantly lead to city exploring companionship.
I also met a Finnish guy in my room which quickly lead to happy hour drinks together from 6pm (seriously, 25 crown beers… $1.50… A DOLLAR FIFTY).
I then brought them all together to form an impromptu party group and we ended up drinking into the night.
We were joined late by Tomas, my best friend’s friend, who was offering to show me the town the following morning.
The following day (today) Tomas took me around the city as best he could before he had to leave (life called). It was so beautiful. It was wonderful to get a locals insight into what everything means and I got to see some areas that most don’t. We drank on the move (seriously, big fine in Australia) and explored the old castle. We discovered these nifty river boat bars that all the czech people disappear to in order to drink away from the crowds. I cannot get over how beer crazy this place is. Monasteries brew it. Ads everywhere. Kegs and bottles and cartons stacked up everywhere. It’s a beer drinkers heaven. These last three days have been rough on my liver… but oh so worth it.
I’m pretty tired from today’s 5 hour walk but in a few hours I’m going to head out and explore Old Town again (this time with my camera). Followed by Happy hour 😉
Part 3 will be tomorrow !!
Here are some of the clicks I took on my sweaty stroll around Prague today.