Czech Republic
Kostel svaté Ludmily

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  • Day8

    Things I ate

    September 5, 2019 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Most of the time I eat bread, cheese, fruit, and nuts. It's cheap, easy, and requires little refrigeration or cooking

    But obviously I gotta try the local cuisine when I can. I was excited to eat in Prague because the Czech food is more interesting than German, and also it's cheap as hell. Pictured:

    1. Pork knuckle (knee), crusty bread, pickled peppers, mustard, horseradish
    2. Sausage, potato dumplings, cabbage
    3. Braised beef smothered in pureed veggies, cranberry sauce, (unsweetened) whipped cream, and a lemon. Served with bread dumplings. Sounds weird but it was very tasty! It's called svíčková. And omg, bread dumplings are amazing.
    4. Czech pancakes. They are much smaller and denser and I'm a fan. Served with....plum? I think. And unsweetened whipped cream. Also a fan.
    5. I didnt eat this but these chimney cakes are traditional desserts. They're spun and roasted over a fire, dusted with sugar, and then filled with ice cream!
    6. Gingerbread is also very Czech, apparently. There was gingerbread everywhere. This guy was quite tasty.
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  • Day8

    265 miles later: Prague

    September 5, 2019 in Czech Republic ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    265 miles later: Prague

    Five stars for the pastries and bread dumplings, for the gorgeous buildings and inspiring theatre and puppetry, for your resilient belief in freedom and beauty after decades of horrific repression.

    One star for cobblestone bike lanes. Ouch.

    I didn't spend as much quality time with a wifi connection as I wanted, there's much more to post. Eventually....
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  • Day8

    Communism and clowns

    September 5, 2019 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    I did not research Prague at all before going there. I was a totally blank slate, so besides eating my way through the city, I decided to focus on two significant parts of the culture: history and art.

    As far as history goes, I visited the Museum of Communism, which was amazing and probably one of the most educational and interesting museums I've ever been to. I actually spent a good amount of time this spring listening to Russian history podcasts (I watched Chernobyl and immediately wanted more), so I had a good primer as far as the USSR and what it was all about.

    Still, is shocking how little I was taught of world history in school. And it seems like, the more I try to catch up, the more there is to learn.

    Anyway, the museum gave a general history of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic up through Nazi occupation, and then focused on life under communist rule.

    Damn, man. It is frightening to see the parallels between the fascism of the late 20th century and the direction of US culture and policy today.

    Going to this museum was one of the highlights of the entire trip, for sure.

    In terms of art, I decided on a Black Light Theatre show, which is unique to Prague and uses blacklights to create visual effects resembling magic. The show also incorporated acrobatics, puppets, and was entirely mimed, so it was universally understood. It felt very creative and weird and lighthearted. Kids and adults were both laughing. There were multiple layers to the humor.

    It wasn't the kind of theatre that I typically frequent, the kind with a strong message, usually political. But all the same, it felt important to laugh after the darkness of the museum of communism, and inspired and delighted me. Art fills in so many spaces in life.

    Not bad for a single day in Prague.
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  • Day5


    April 13, 2019 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    We took the bus from Munich to Prague. The countryside of Germany is so beautiful. White walls and red roof houses circled around the village church, easily spotted from distance, surrounded by the vivid green fields...
    Spent a whole day walking in the Prague's old town, from tourists crowded Prague Castle, wandered through the famous Charles Bridge, till the National theatre by the river. Totally astonished by endless magnificent churches, buildings, sculptures. Prague is so photogenic from everywhere.
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  • Day1


    July 3, 2019 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Prag mit seinen immens bunten Häuserfassaden macht gute Laune, nur der Bahnhof und seine Organisation sind ein wenig haarsträubend...
    Ende der Geschichte : Statt nach Budapest, fahren wir jetzt gerade nach WienRead more

  • Day8

    100kc is 5$

    June 27, 2016 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    WE FINALLY GOT A GOOD NIGHT SLEEP due to our WONDERFUL AirBnB. So, we took advantage of sleeping in a little.

    As Bree and I got ready, Tay got our lunches ready. We were so cultured of course as we had PEANUT BUTTER AND BANANA sandwiches. Okay.... we may wanted to have a little taste of home, but we brought wine and cucumbers for our picnic. Once we were ready, off we went.

    We walked along St-Charles Bridge. There was significantly more people this time than there was when we first got there. Our first stop was St-Ni St-Nicholas Church. Last time in Prague, Niki and I missed opening hours, and I was very excited to see where he was baptized. Taylor and I tried to get into the church through the exist, but unfortunately this did not work. Bree and Tay stayed outside on the steps, when I went in to see. Let me tell you, it was BEAUTIFUL. I have not seen a church so gorgeous - and talk about bringing emotions a long while I took steps along Nikis past. So incredible.

    Then, Prague castle it was. We walked up the steps leading to the castle, saw a beautiful view of Praha, and the St-Vitus Cathedral. It was breath-taking the first time and still is.

    After Prague Castle, we head to the square. I walked the girls along the way of where I stayed last time in Prague. It looks the same, yet so different. I'm in love with this city. We ate lupper in this beautiful park before continuing on with our souvenir shopping as we're typical tourists.

    Tay and Bree decided to get another ice cream donut cone. While sitting on the red bench (again), the Canadians walked by. They talked to us again about their wedding, their trip, and their work. Very incredible people. Again, we met some Americans that were in Prague for ball hockey (and one player was Brandon McCullough's twin). We also met a German soccer team that travels together once a year, at the end of the season. Don't we all wish our teams did this?

    After, the girls and I headed out to experience the party life in Prague. We'll we did just that - we had a great time. Thanks momma Tay.
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  • Day8

    We shouldn't have trusted the Pöbel.

    June 27, 2016 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Day three... Our last day in Prague before takinf an overnight bus to Amsterdam. We woke up after no sleep and had to try and get ready to check out of the apartment by 1030am. Let me tell you... It was difficult. Have you ever tried to pack while you still feel like you just came from the bar? I blame the Pöbel.

    After grabbing our stuff, we walked over to the bus station that we were departing from later that day and dropped off our backpacks before searching for some MUCH NEEDED MCDONALDS. I HAD A MCROYAL AND I DONT REALLY EVEN KNOW WHAT IT WAS BUT IT WAS SO GOOD AND NECESSARY.

    Our bua didnt leave until 630 pm so we had about 6 hours to kill before having to be at the station, so we explored more! We had a bit of last minute shopping to do, and Shaunessa wanted to try and get Niki a Czech hockey jersey as a gift. I am NOT JOKING when I say we LITERALLY SEARCHED EVERY SPORTS STORE IN PRAGUE FOR SOMETHING WITH CZECH HOCKEY ON IT. What ia it with this place and not selling hockey gear in the off season? That's like Canadian Blasphemy!!

    After being SEVERELY DISAPPOINTED BY THE LACK OF HOCKEY IN PRAGUE we headed to the fanous dancing buildings.. Which were cool even if we have no idea what the point ia or why they are called the dancing buildings, to be honest.

    Theres really not a lot to report except that we walked WAY TOO MUCH. When it was closer to the time to load the bus, we went to the teeminal amd waites around for WHAT FELT LIKE FOREVER. HONESTLY WHY DOES TIME FLY WHEN YOU DONT WANT IT TO AND CRAWL ALONG WHEN YOU DO?

    The main highlight of the time in the station was this amazing fresh caprise salad sandwhich I had on these ridiculously soft, fresh baguettes. Probably one of the best sandwiches I have ever had, and I am definitely copying thay rexipe when I get back.

    We loaded the bus at 6:00 and found a spot that has 4 seats around a table, so we settled in for a long, long night.
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  • Day3


    July 17, 2015 in Czech Republic ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Idag har vi gått. Massor! Ätit brunch på ett mysigt café/restaurang, gått upp på ett berg och ner igen, fikat lite och gått ända tillbaka till hostellet. Nu ligger vi utslagna på sängen med våra mobiler/ipads och bloggar och äter godis. Mums!Read more

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