Hey everyone! This weekend I went to Prague and it exceeded my expectations. Prague was a trip I was really looking forward to because when I was deciding to go abroad, Prague was not somewhere on my list of places I wanted to see because I knew very little about it. All of my friends here wanted to go, so I decided to go with them and I am very happy with this decision because since I did not have any expectations going into this trip, everything was very new, fun, and exciting for me! On the first day that we arrived, we checked into our hostel, and immediately asked the reception des for a map and directions to the city center so we could start exploring. Prague's public transportation was by far the easiest and most convenient to use and to get around in all of Europe so far. This was because it was very straight forward and easy to follow. Something that I have noticed while being abroad is that every public transportation in a city, for example the subway or the tram, requires one ticket for a day pass. The only suggestion I have about public transportation in Europe is that you have to make sure you validate your ticket because when you use the transportation because if you do not and someone stops you and asks for your ticket, you could get slapped with a big fine. The validation process consists of putting your ticket in a machine that takes three seconds in order to stamp the date on your ticket and is well worth the short amount of time so you do not get a fine. I know many people that this annoyance has affected their day on their abroad trip so it is something to be aware of! This ticket costed 100 crown which is equivalent to less than 5 euros. Crown is the currency in Czech and so for this trip, we had to change our money over! Anyways, when we got into "Old town", the only way I could describe it would be that it looked as though it was directly out of a fairytale! All of the bridges, houses, and stores, looked magical. There is a famous bridge named the Charles bridge to see and also a very famous castle that many of the Disney movies based their movies on, and I can see why! Prague is very cold so as we walked around, I was looking for a hot drink and stumbled upon their famous drink which was mulled wine. This was a hot wine that tasted like apple cider and was very delicious. A dessert that Prague is famous for is their spiraled donuts filled with ice cream or Nutella and this combination is a perfect dessert to have on a cold night and to also feel as though you are submerged into Prague's culture! As we walked around, we found many various hip and new food markets so we tried many of them. There was a food stand that I always saw on Facebook that was potatoes with melted cheese on top of them so I finally got this dish and was very happy I did! I love finding these things in the countries that I had no idea about before going! A similar trend I am finding in Europe is that these new and hip competitive food stands are starting to appear everywhere! It makes every place we go feel homey, quant, and cute! After this, we took an old fashion car ride all over the 5 different sections of Prague and this was very fun because we were able to see everything and have a blanket on us while we sipped on our mulled wine! The next day, we walked around the entire day and saw the John Lennon wall which is a very famous wall created by students in Prague after John Lennon's death as a peaceful protest against communism. Now, it is a wall of expression and also a great place for pictures! After this, we had a traditional Prague meal which consisted of soup, pork, cabbage, and dark beer! Before coming abroad, I never realized how many places around Europe were influenced by Germany. Most of the places I have gone to such as Vienna, Salzburg, Amsterdam, and Prague have all had a very German flare to them! I was happy to discover this observation because I had no idea about this before and didn't realize how big of an influence this country would be on all the other places! Prague was a pleasant surprise and I would love to go back one day.
Next week, I am going to Switzerland with a tour group that I have mentioned before named Bus2Alps and I am very excited to see what this adventure will bring!
Ciao for now!!!