Sunday 8/3: After sleeping the entire train ride to Prague, we found out Dana a girl traveling with us got off on the wrong stop and we had to try to get Wi-Fi to tell her where to go. We also booked different hostels on accident, and Adam, Anthony, Tori and I stayed at one that was a little further then the one the others booked. We got to the hostel and dropped our stuff off before meeting our friends in the Old Town Square. We found a little Mexican restaurant where we could get our burrito cravings that have yet to be satisfied since leaving San Diego. There was a hookah bar that was right next to it where we met some crazy British just like the ones we used to hang with in Oxford, except crazier. We accompanied them to a club called Roxy which was pretty fun until they got kicked out for being too rowdy; there we decided it was time to call it a night.
Monday 8/4: We wanted to do a walking tour but realized that it would be much more fun to do a tour on a Segway. We were able to see the entire city in about an hour going around on a Segway. He showed us the biggest castle in the world, which is located in Prague along with the Jewish quarter and a bunch of famous places that the city boasts. We ate lunch and met up with the rest of the group after before going to the top of the famous Astronomical clock tower with a great view of the city. It had information on all the buildings and landmarks in the distance so we had a pretty good idea of what surrounded us. That night we went out to the ice bar and five-story club, which is the biggest in central Europe. Each floor was a different theme of music and ended up being one of the best nights there…until the morning.
Tuesday 8/5: We decided to go explore the biggest castle in the world and ended up taking a while to reach. When we got there it was cool to walk around and see just how big it actually is. The chapel was beautiful and rivaled the Notre Dame in size, astounding! Once we had seen as much as we could of the biggest castle ever, which is something like 70 White Houses we went to the mini Eiffel Tower that is up on a hill that overlooks Prague. It is one of the many things throughout the city that the Czechs stole from the French. Although not as big as the Eiffel Tower, since it is on a hill, the top of it is higher than that of its rival in Paris. We went out to dinner and got a couple drinks before going to bed in anticipation of an early morning going to a concentration camp.
Wednesday 8/6: Wiston, Jason, Dana, and I woke up early to catch an hour long train ride to Terezin, a little town that once held over 100,000 Jewish prisoners from all over Europe. This concentration camp forced prisoners to work until they were unable to and when that time came they were sent via train to Auschwitz. This is the only concentration camp that still functions as a town and its eerie to see people living their everyday lives in houses that would hold dozens of prisoners and where dozens more died. You definitely get a weird feeling walking around and seeing the different places where they lived and worked. It makes you think how could this happen to people so recently in history and why it took so long to stop. We walked through the infirmary where the Jews were forced to burn the bodies of their own kind and a museum that had artifacts that survived from the time period. These different places really show just how crazy this war was and the millions of people who died because of it. It was on my list of things to do in Europe to see a concentration camp, so I'm glad I was able to experience that.
Once we got back we went to our favorite restaurant in Prague called Lokal, where they have really cheap, delicious Czech food. It was a good last meal in the Czech Republic and we were super exhausted from the activities during the day so we headed back to the hostel to get ready for our flight to Rome.