Sunday March 23, 2008
We got into Prague around 10 and stayed at the Hostel Elf. We were only staying in Prague for one full day since we got in so early in the morning. Although it was supposed to be Easter everywhere else in the world, Easter in Prague was not celebrated until Monday! But once we got to the train station, we had a little trouble getting around. No one seemed to speak English, so we had to figure it out. We found an ATM, and surprisingly, the dollar was worth a TON of money there! So when we took out a 2000 dollar bill (yes it literally came out as a 2000 bill), we were only using about 100 dollars! It was amazing compared to the pound and the euro! But after we found an atm and figured out the subway system, we found our hostel.
We all desperately needed showers because we had spent the whole day in Poland and had been on 2 sleeper trains since our last shower. So we all took showers and then started out to find a tour we could take. We finally found a 3 hour walking tour that we could go on and it was actually a pretty good one! Of course, it rained and was freezing but we once again, tried to not let it ruin our trip. You will notice though, in the rainy cities, we definitely have less pictures and especially less pictures with us in them and more only building pictures. But the tour was good and our tour guide was a lot of fun. He had one of the driest senses of humor I have heard since my high school soccer coach. We even got some snow! We got to see old town Prague (Praha as they say and spell it), cross the St. Charles bridge, see the astronomical clock, the Prague castle, and the St. Vitus cathedral. St. Charles bridge was a lot of fun because there were a lot of street vendors all the way across and some people were painting, and other doing caricatures, so it was just a fun but busy bridge. He told us a lot of the Jewish history and Auschwitz was brought up again. It was kind of funny because we saw Anne Frank's house before we saw Auschwitz and then we hear about it in Prague. It makes sense because it is so close to Poland but it was still not expected.
But we have heard from so many people that Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, and I definitely believe them now! Even though it was raining, I could see why it was! There are SO MANY bridges and colorful buildings that have different architecture because they were built in different years, it was so pretty! The city itself was really clean too! Definitely didn't look like New York or Chicago-there was absolutely no rubbish on the streets! We didn't get to spend a lot of time in Prague and it was freezing while we were there but it was definitely a beautiful city! I really enjoyed the architecture and the colorful buildings. There was not one building that looked like the next and there was definitely a variety of colors on every street. But I liked Prague and really enjoyed my time there!