I know that I'm super behind in updating my blog. I still plan to fill you all in on my adventures of the past couple weeks, but I thought that it might be fun to send you one from Prague!
It's our Midterm break right now. And it's a very welcome break indeed. Midterms were pretty much death. But they're over now, and I now get to enjoy the beautiful city of Prague.
This trip has kind of been the poster child for student travel. We tried to get the cheapest everything available. And what that consists of is flights that are at really odd time of the day. Well, they didn't seem to be too odd. Until we realized that the Underground would not be able to get us to the airport in time to make our flight. So what we had to do was book a shuttle bus thingy for the night before. We left on Saturday night at about 9PM. We took the shuttle to Stansted Airport-- which is way out from London. And we spent the night in the Airport. We weren't the only ones who had to do that, though. There were tons of people sprawled out on all the benches. There were even people with sleeping bags and Mats. We weren't that prepared so we just sort of found a corner and set up camp there. The floor was pretty cold. so I slept with my coat on. It wasn't that comfortable. It also didn't help that out little campsite looked over a Krispy Kremes that was closed the whole time we were there. Oh boy, I've never wanted a Krispy Kreme so much in my entire life.
Anyway, we got through the night just fine. But with very little sleep. On the flight over, I was pretty much in and out of sleep the entire time. It made flying quite nice actually. Ididn't have enough energy to have that usual bit of flying anxiety that I get. We got to the Czech Airport safely and soundly.
Once at the airport, we got our bags. I was very glad of this, because I'm always worried whenever I check a bag at the airport. But it got there just fine. We found an ATM as well. The Czech currency is really hard to get used to. 100 kc is like about 6 USD. So everything seems like it costs a whole bunch, when in actuality, it's really pretty cheap.
We purchased 5 day transportation passes. This works for the Underground Metro, the tram (which is very much like TRAX), and the busses. It wasn't too difficult to figure out how to make it to our hostel. We didn't even get lost once!
Something that surprised me is that Prague isn't a very big city. I think I've been sort of ruined by London. London is just so huge. I think it's given me sort of a false impression of what most cities are like-- even though I've been to other, smaller European cities. To walk across the map of Prague takes about 45 minutes. That's how long it can take to get acrosss Hyde Park alone!
Our hostel is sorta outside the main part of the city, but it only takes 15 minutes to walk there. And I think we're getting a really good deal with this hostel. It's new and clean and has free internet. It's all a student could ask for!
I think I'll probably go more into detail about what we've been up to in this beautiful city when I go through massive updates when I get back home to London. We're getting back a few days before classes start, so I'll hopefully have time to fill you all in... and show you pictures!
I hope all is going well with you guys back at home. I'll be talking with you soon.