Where am I?

So, we are on day 5 (i think) and in Vienna. Am losing track of the countries by now -we still have our water bottles from Germany but left there like two days ago!

Prague was great – I have to say, I do think that I prefer Bruges more – it’s just so pretty and people are really friendly. The main observation about Prague is that it is so different depending on the part of the city that you visit! Our hostel (Plus Prague) was about 4 clicks outside of the city centre – apparently a tram ride away, but us being us (aka ‘a wee bit tight’) decided to walk it – and I’m so glad we did as we got to see the ‘real’ city rather than just zeroing in on the main tourist area. We have noticed that the further east we go the more we are leaving continental Europe behind and heading into ‘Soviet territory’ -Prague is the first place that this has really been apparent. On the outskirts it’s kind of dirty, slightly dodgy and feels extremely ‘eastern bloc’. The Vltava River which runs all the way into the centre of Prague was home to a few people who lived under the roads – we just spied a clothes line and some chairs under the subway and sure enough, spotted a Czech family – who must live there. Great view of the river however, but strange to see that people still have to live like that in a city so popular with tourists, which attracts lots of Western money. We walked along the length of the river which was lovely and took some photos of the graffiti along the main wall…

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We also passed some really cute ducklings – awww!

Ducklings at the River Vltava!

Once we got further towards the centre of Prague we began to see what everybody meant when they said that they loved this city – the bridges across the river provide a fantastic photo opp- but again, I don’t think that our photos will be able to do it justice. The cityscape was pretty impressive and the buildings were so grand.

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We decided to do our own walking tour of the city with the map that the hostel gave us. Didn’t really know what we were looking at, but the buildings and ‘recommended sites’ were impressive none the less – the astronomical clock in the Old Town Square was pretty cool – we stood there for about 10 minutes trying to work out how on earth it told the time!

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The best part of Prague for us I think was Prague Castle and the surrounding gardens. There was a random vineyard on the hillside there too – but we didnt get to try any of the local wine as the waitress was far too hoity toity and kept ignoring us so we left!

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Prague was quite steep – and the cobbled streets were a bit tricky but it was great just wandering around. We ended up being on our feet for over 6 hours and I got extremely sunburnt as I left my suncreen back at the hostel- note to self – PACK YOUR DAY PACK PROPERLY!

That night was the Germany vs Spain match – half the group were divided into Spanish fans and the other half Germany fans – Jana is German and Tomas is Spanish so we went to watch the match in the hostel bar with the obligatory face paints and banners! Leighton had arranged for pizza and chips for the group too.

The next morning we set off for Austria but stopped off to visit a church on the way – not just any church in case you were wondering but Kutna Hora in south Bohemia – a church filled with over 30,00 human bones. Thousands died during the Bubonic Plague in the 14th century and there wasnt enough room for them all in the cemetary so the bones were stacked up until a local man Frantisek Rint re-arranged them all into works of ‘art’. It was really freaky to be looking a what is basically a bunch of human remains – couldn’t believe that they were real…

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Onto the next country!

We’re in Vienna now- after a nightmarish journey – shortest distance of all but loads of waiting around trying to get road tax so we didnt get here until gone half 5! We passed a really random ‘no-mans land’ between the Czech Republic and Austria with giant casinos and more strip clubs than you can count! Think the boys on the bus would have rather got off there then continue to Vienna!

Tomorrow we’ll go into the city and have a proper look round. We were going to go to the Opera sat night, but it’s closed so will have to find something else to do. Apparently Vienna itself is like a living museum- there is so much history here so i’m sure we’ll find something!

Right better go – speak to you all soon!!

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