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Czechia

Curious what backpackers do in Czech Republic? Discover travel destinations all over the world of travelers writing a travel blog on FindPenguins.
  • I found an Apple Store in town today as well as a huge shopping centre. Bad news is my phone won't hold much data let alone upload to cloud so I have to email myself my pictures to my laptop and then delete them from my ifone make space. Pain in the ass. When I return to Sk I will by a camera. Ntl I have managed to make some space to take a few shots today. Visited the gothic church of st. Peter & Paul, Green Market square and Freedom Square. Check out the cock clock as it is known here. Rings everyday at 11 but should be at noon and no one can figure out what time it is. It was erected(literally) in 2010 and represents when the swedes invaded in 1645. Every new year it's wrapped in plastic to protect it from fireworks so it looks like a giant condom. Only in Europe!Read more

  • It's about 8:30pm as I am writing this post waiting for Mitch to wake up from a nap. I just took one before him when we came back from our walking tour of Vienna (that we'll write about later) which made us both pretty tired. We're almost back to normal from being sick so that's good news but I think a few more naps after long days of sight seeing should do the trick.

    Anyways, I just wanted to give you all a quick update on Cesky Krumlov. We decided to jump to the Czech Republic after being in Hallstatt since it was closer to get there on the way to Vienna rather than backtrack. Since I'd already been to Prague the most popular Czech city we landed on coming to Cesky Krumlov instead because we'd read that it was a smaller Prague with less tourists and cheaper prices. We'd have to agree on the cheaper prices, Mitch was happy about his beers costing only $1.60! There were still many tourists but definitely less then Prague so Mitch was able to get a good feel for a medieval Czech city which is surrounded by a winding river. The history of the town was interesting, especially seeing the recent communist influence 25 years ago.

    Ok, time to wake Mitch up so we can head to dinner and have a traditional Austrian wiener schnitzel which I'm sure we'll post about next time!
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  • Well here I am again in another amazing city. I am the only one in my six bed hostel (keeping my fingers crossed) and it is an apartment decorated for a queen. I may actually sleep all night. Brno from what I walked so far this afternoon has lots of culture, history and is the Moravian region. It's gorgeous! I will be here for the next 3 days snooping around and then will decide where to go.

  • What a beautiful sunny day today with a crisp note in the air. Walked the city today but all the churches seemed to be closed. There are 4 churches within .5km of each other here. There are also underground tunnels (labyrinths) which I am too chicken to explore by myself. Apparently the dearly departed who had the plague years ago were exhumed and strange things lurk there. Got a roommate, Yuchin from Taiwan bunking with me tonight and she works for Amazon in Bratislava. Will meet up with her when I go back. We had dinner together at a local beer tavern that was super busy and the beer and food was outstanding. Two beers, gulash with steamed dumplings and gravy and hot peppers with tip $10. No fotos because since I uploaded to iCloud I have no storage in my phone. Really ticked off. Will be purchasing a camera tomorrow if I can find a shop so I can take some pictures. It's a must as the sites here are incredible. Highly recommend Brno as a destination to see.Read more

  • So then I find the John Lennon wall. He was never in the republic but they love him here. Lots of student protests and the wall was painted over several times but the graffiti comes back. There is also some nice graffiti here. So I come around the corner and see two guys and one is sitting suspended in the air-wtf? And right across the street is a Thai place where you put your feet into a fish tank and the tiny fish eat the dead skin off your feet-pedicure Thai style-so grotesque but busy. I find the senate buildings and a sign says no guns allowed . And then a park for peacocks. A very odd exit day out of Prague.Read more

  • Started on an early walk this morning after having breakfast with Raik. He has invited me to visit him in Kiel Germany later in my travels. Said I could couch surf at his place. Lives in northern Germany close to the border of Denmark. Will see where I am. It was so quiet in town today and nothing was open. I found out later that it was Independence Day and it would have been great if they told me at checkin yesterday. This city is known for being the seat if the archdiocese -over 1100 priests, deacons, cardinals in this city and five churches within a half km of each other. Well looks like I can't get into a lot of trouble here! So I did the church your- up to the belfry and down into the praying cave of another. It was nice to see. Tomorrow I'm booking myself in for a pedicure and getting new insoles. They did have fireworks tonight. Getting cold next week and the time changes tomorrow night.Read more

  • Yesterday I moved over to my aunt Bobena's apartment. We went for a walk to get wine on tap and enjoy the sunshine. On the way we saw a man has crashed his car into a pole and was laid out on the pavement. By the time we got our wine and made our way back there were a lot of emergency vehicles around him and I said to my aunt that I didn't think he'd made it. Sure enough later that night in the news they announced he has had a heart attack and slammed into the pole-66 yrs old. Visited with Vlado later that evening. This morning I woke up to snow. Yikes! I've now got to get some winter clothes. We went to the cottage, trimmed roses, started a fire and had lunch.Read more

  • Last day of touring around today and so much to write. Made it to the KGB museum which in itself was quite the experience. The orator I swear was ex KGB. Factoid-KGB established in 1917, several secret branches of it, ring leader and his armies used cocaine to be better leaders and to bring up the spirits of the army personnel. Convicts had tattoos of Stalin tattooed on their chests so that if they were ever caught they wouldn't be shot due to honor. Stalin is still #1 in Russia. Check out the photos. The guide had really rough English but was over the top in acting out scenarios and me and the two Scots ripped ourselves laughing.Read more

  • Times up here and I head out tomorrow. Heading back to Bratislava for the Aunts birthday(it's a surprise so I hope i don't give her a coronary. Am spending 4 days in the city in a hostel so I can do my own thing. I am going to head to Vienna for a day trip on my second day and take the hop on hop off bus around the city. I've been to Vienna several times so I won't hit the same spots as last time. Found the city park today along with the botanical gardens which are still lovely at this time if the year. I can just imagine how beautiful they are in the summer. Only a two hour train ride tomorrow and the time change.Read more

  • Czech facts: lots of young families who walk their children in buggies everywhere; lots of police presence everywhere, especially at the train stations and on trains; beer is cheap; train system for travelling is awesome, everyone schmooches and shows affection here, young and old. Great easy and fast train ride to Blava. Found my hostel right downtown and they have a laundry- yippee doing laundry right now. 11 euros per night includes linen, soap, shampoo,towel,morning coffee and tea and a welcome drink of beer ,wine or a shot in the bar downstairs. Rooming with three others and yup they are guys again. Laundry is free! Think I'll spend some time in the bar meeting people tonight-I hear the music already it's happy hour.Read more

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