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30th July
2011
written by Hazel

We arrived in Prague in the evening after a pretty long day of travel from Berlin, with a stop in Dresden.  We hadn’t been able to get our first choice of hostel for the first night there, but we found one which was pretty cheap.  It wasn’t too hard to find and a quick subway and then tram ride later we arrived.  Probably plenty of people liked this hostel, but honestly, it was not for us.  Our room had a very sticky floor (spilled beer I believe) and smelled really, really strongly of AXE body spray or some such.  Like so strongly that it was hard to breathe.  We made a swift retreat back into town and had a beer and some dinner.

That night we didn’t sleep so well because of the people in our room coming back from the clubs at 4 in the morning and having a really loud conversation about their friend who apparently has a habit of starting fights.  Oh boy…

Fortunately, we moved hostels the next day and the one we went to, the Dizzy Daisy, was a really good place to stay.  It also had a kitchen, so we were able to cook some of our own meals.  We got settled in and then headed out for another free walking tour.  It was a very hot, sunny day, which was great for taking pictures, but not so great for all the walking.  We even considered ditching the tour in the middle when we came across an awesome band playing on the street.  We stuck it out though and were rewarded with some good shots of the city.

The famous clock tower

The famous clock tower

This clock goes off every hour and little dudes come out of a window and there is a trumpeter who plays from the top of the tower.  We were lucky enough to witness the clock striking.

Random Hare Krishna parade

Random Hare Krishna parade

Communist era decorations

Communist era decorations

I completely forget what this building was, but it was supposed to be a good example of some kind of style

I completely forget what this building was, but it was supposed to be a good example of some kind of style

Awesome band who almost lured us away from the tour

Awesome band who almost lured us away from the tour

Kafka statue

Kafka statue

Synagogue

Synagogue

There are pretty buildings everywhere in Prague

There are pretty buildings everywhere in Prague

More pretty buildings

More pretty buildings

A little more modern...

A little more modern...

Looking across the river to the castle

Looking across the river to the castle

After surviving the hot sun we headed back to the hostel where we cooked a tasty fish curry.  We met a Dutch couple at the hostel and they laughed at us because our solution to an easy curry was to make it with frozen fish sticks.  A little unconventional I guess, but it tasted good!  After dinner we set out with our new friends on what would prove to be a mostly unsuccessful jazz crawl of Prague…

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