Sir Toby's is such a great hostel. So clean and nice, and there is breakfast offered downstairs every morning. We met two girls from California and hung out there until noon.
Our next stop of the day was the Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments. I thought I was going to pass out several times. All the instruments were there, along with descriptions of how they were used, and drawings of what it looked like when a person was being tortured. Pretty horrible. The museum itself was in the basement of McDonalds, so you can imagine the quality here. It wasn't very professional, but if you're feeling like you're about to pass out from disgust, I suppose it doesn't matter.
After a short breather to recoup, we met up with Geoff and went to the Museum of Communism. It was quite the history lesson. A lot of reading for a museum, but they had a large amount of information to get across. It was definitely worth it though.
Becky and I then headed out of the touristy area to have a nice dinner for about $5 a piece. I love how inexpensive everything is here. This fact makes up for public transportation in Prague. It's so confusing. Apparently Becky and I had the wrong ticket for the metro and we got caught. As you get off the metro, they do random checks of tickets because there is no machinery to swipe a card or anything. We ended up getting fined 400kc, which is about $15. Later, we were trying to get home and couldn't even find a place to buy tickets. That was a ride full of hiding our faces and hoping no one would ask to see our tickets.
We gave our laundry to the front desk, which I have to say is an awesome feature for a hostel to offer. I'm so excited about having clean jeans!
While Becky took a nap, I ran into Connell, Nate and Brad and the California girls, Brett and Jackie. The boys invited us to go out to the beer garden again, and the girls asked us to come out to a club. First we hit the beer garden, but this time we went inside and explored. It had all these little rooms with crazy lights and decorations. One of the rooms was completely covered in computer keyboards. After being mesmerized by a rotating light thing, we headed back outside to play foosball.
Next stop was a club called Mecca. It was supposed to be the hottest club in Prague, but we weren't so impressed. There weren't a lot of people there. But it was still pretty fun. The music was very funky and the California girls said it was hard to dance to. Becky and I danced anyway and had a good time. According to the scouting of Jackie and Brett, there was a group of guys there, and apparently, one of them was a back-up dancer for Brittney Spears. Not so sure about the validity of this information, but Jackie and Brett seemed to believe it. We ended up all dancing with them, so if it was true, then I guess we danced with Brittney Spears's back-up dancers. haha
After breakfast and exchanging e-mails, we all checked out of the hostel. Becky and I hopped on a train to Kutna Hora. It was an incredibly complicated journey, though. The bus wasn't running according to the schedule in the hostel, and the train departed half an hour late. We were talking to this man from California who was also going to Kutna Hora, and a Czech woman overheard us. She didn't speak much English, but she convinced us to get off the train at this station and switch trains there. She claimed the train would come in five minutes. Within ten, no train had come and there was now a crowd of about fifteen Americans that were all trying to go to Kutna Hora. It turned out the train didn't come for quite a while, but that gave us time to get to know the other travelers. It's funny how having a common goal/problem allowed us to sit and talk like we've known each other for years.
Eventually, the train came, and guess who we ran into: Nate, Brad and Connell. Awesome coincidence. So we all went to the Bone Cathedral together. Apparently, during the plague, there wasn't enough cemetery space to bury the dead, so a priest or a monk, (can't remember which) took it upon himself to use the bones of 40,000 plague victims to decorate the church. It was sublime. He made so many different designs out of the bones. In the center, there was a chandelier made out of every bone in the human body.
We left the church and headed into town. We found this pub near the train station, which we quickly realized never sees tourist. There was a lot of 40-year-old locals staring at us like we were from a different planet. Brad was able to count to five in Czech, so he order us a round of beers and after about twenty minutes to figure out what anything on the menu was, we ended up just ordering three of one item, and two of another. It ended up being completely delicious. It was one of the best meals I've had so far, and it ended up costing--with the beer--about $3 a person. Gotta love the Czech Republic.
We made our way back to the train station to get to the main station. The train was bizarre. It sounded like a large tractor and there were no separate passenger cars. It was just one car total. We thought it was going to break down a few times. Also, while we were waiting, on the other side, there was what we considered to be bumper trains. haha The engine car detached the next car and left it sitting on the tracks by the station, and then the next engine came and ran into it--supposedly on purpose--and made the cars scrunch together with a very loud screeching noise. It was so strange, but extremely entertaining in our tired state.
At the next station, I called our next hostel and discovered we wouldn't be able to make it to the hostel in Cesky Krumlov until after midnight, so we decided to stay in Prague another night.
The whole train ride back into Prague was hilarious because we were all so tired and sore from lugging our backpacks around. This was when we thought the Czech word for platform was pronounced "nasty piss stain." Also, Nate had bought some nasty candy at the first train station, and Connell bought this little mystery egg, which ended up having a little plastic ring in it, which he gave to me. That was quite the choke. When we discovered that it had "China" printed on it, Becky about died laughing. We didn't have seats on the train, so I was standing with my hands out the window for balance. Nate commented on the way the light made the ring sparkled and made up a DeBears commercial for the ring. haha
We made it back to the hostel, getting the last two available beds. It was in the only room with a balcony, which was nice. Becky and I saw that we had a third roommate, who wasn't there. We speculated about what kind of person this roommate would be, and then headed down to the bar. Connell, Nate and Brad taught us how to play "s***head" which is a lot like Uno. Before going to sleep, the boys wanted to see our balcony. So we all go up there and see our roommate: It's Geoff! We were like "It's Geoff! What the hell? What are you doing here?" We hung out in the room for a while. Becky made tea and accidentally locked me and Brad out on the balcony. There were two doors you had to go through to get out there, and they both opened the same way. So the inside one had to be open in order to open the outside one. Very weird design, but they eventually let us back in. lol
After the boys left, Becky and I got ready for bed and Geoff talked to us for hours. haha, It was quite the little slumber party.