May24

Written by:Driper
Monday, May 24, 2010 

We arrive at the hotel, Plus Prague, and are told to hand over our passports and we can collect them and pay in an hour, something as an Aussie your told never to do. We will later realise this is standard practice. We are in an 8 bed dorm this time so we are pleasantly surprised to find that the dorm is partitioned and we have more privacy in this room than in the others. After I have a quick Sauna and dip in the pool (unfortunately not heated) with Peter and another traveler or two the three or us decide to wander in to the city for dinner. Plus Prague is a little way out (5km by foot) so the 15 tram gets us into and later out of the city. If you use it there doesn’t appear to be anything forcing you to buy a ticket as cheap (18 Krona) as they may be.

We arrive at the hotel, Plus Prague, and are told to hand over our passports and we can collect them and pay in an hour, something as an Aussie your told never to do. We will later realise this is standard practice. We are in an 8 bed dorm this time so we are pleasantly surprised to find that the dorm is partitioned and we have more privacy in this room than in the others. After I have a quick Sauna and dip in the pool (unfortunately not heated) with Peter and another traveler or two the three or us decide to wander in to the city for dinner. Plus Prague is a little way out (5km by foot) so the 15 tram gets us into and later out of the city. If you use it there doesn’t appear to be anything forcing you to buy a ticket as cheap (18 Krona) as they may be. We arrive and wander around town, and down the main strip which takes us across the Charles bridge.
There are magnificent views along here so a camera and a tripod are a must if your visiting at night. We take some pictures but without a tripod they are mainly blur. We go back the next day and do the free tour of Prague both new city and old city. Our guide, Kaght or something like that was awesome. Born in Boston but to a Czech mother she has to be one of the most enthusiastic tour guides we have had and I very much doubt it can be topped later by anyone else. She takes us to see all the historical buildings you should see with all the local stories and given there were so many I’ve gone into overload and remember none of them. The finishing point is the Prague Castle which is astounding and simply huge, it took over 1000 years to complete and its sort of obvious this was because its massive (did I say that already?). We eat at a little place just around the corner from the hostel with great food although not really Czech food and then make our way into the town square to meet our pub crawl guide. We have been told by a few people that the underground tour is the best with all you can drink Vodka berry shots and beer for about 1.5 hours and the tour to 4 night spots. We have managed to amass a group of about 15 of ourselves before we even join the pub crawl. It turns out to be an awesome night, great places and much cheaper than Berlin. Freda and I only go through 1500 Krona between us on top of the crawl cost of 400 Krona each and we were drinking spirits when buying our own so all in all a cheap night.

Prague Castle at nightAustralia Bar in Prague

On the last afternoon and night we had decided to make our way out to a beer festival which was running. We all had an early start in the morning for either the next bus or for Freda and I we were leaving to go back to the UK (this was only our 10 day taste test for back packing). Going to a beer festival wasn't the best idea but we all promised ourselves that we would go home early and behave (mostly).

Prague beer festivalPrague beer festival, behaving isn't for everyone

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