What an amazing weekend in Prague! It was such a cool city, definitely a tie for my favorite (with Munich, but I really can’t top that experience). I absolutely adored the place, did a ton of stuff, ate like a queen, and everything was so cheap (but really any place is in comparison to Paris…).
My friend Astrid and I left on Friday at 215 and arrived in Prague at 415. I fell asleep on the plane and then woke up once we landed and was REALLY confused. Why? Because apparently in the Czech Republic, the sun likes to set at 4pm. Oh yes, it was completely dark when we arrived. We caught a bus to the metro (so simple, only 3 lines) and then walked to our hostel. Our hostel was a street off of one of the main streets, so very conveniently located. Let me just say this, I am loving studying in Europe and traveling during the holidays because EVERY city seems to be getting decked out for the holidays and the spirit is palpable. There were trees, lights, tinsel, and a shit ton of Christmas markets. The Christmas markets were so fun to walk around, there were several in the city. They had hot spiced wine, sausages, gingerbread cookies, roasted chestnuts, churro-ish things, candied nuts, mittens, and so many other fun things. There almost as many Christmas markets as there were casinos. There were a lot of casinos, but don’t worry dad, I resisted the gambling urge.
Besides it being really dark early, which completely threw us off, it was sososososo cold. When we got there it was 29 degrees. Which means if it had rained, it would have snowed! I wore two sets of mittens all weekend.
Our first night we strolled around, went into a couple of shops and then went for dinner. Dinner that night was quite interesting. We ate at an Italian restaurant, where there was a musician singing in Spanish, and there was a pirate (really confused as to how he ties into the restaurant).
Saturday morning was absolutely killer. I got to go crossfit at Crossfit Praha! Haven’t crossfitted since August, so it was great to get back into it. The guy who owned it was so sweet and we chatted a lot. I will say that I am still sore and probably will be for another day or two.
On Saturday we covered A LOT of Prague: the castle, changing of the guards, the metronome, the Lennon wall, the bridge, the Opera, Old Town, and the two synagogues. After doing a lot of walking, we found ourselves in a little café to get a latté. I have not had a latté in too many months and let me just say it was heaven. They really do it right in Prague…big glass mugs, milky goodness at the bottom and a lot of froth on top. Ironically enough, towards the end we realized that we were surrounded by 80% french people, which made me feel really good, as maybe the French have rubbed off on me more than I thought.
Afterwards, we had another VERY interesting experience. Like in the movies/tv, there was one of those places where they have a fish tank with those little fish that the dead skin and callouses off of your feet. I didn’t partake (too afraid), but Astrid sat and did that for a half hour. I instead opted for a leg/foot massage. The woman spoke very little english and took me to a room. I had rolled up my jeans, but apparently not high enough. She said, “pants. off.” I thought “dear god, what type of massage did I pay for?” But she had a sheet that went over me, so still a legit massage. It was absolutely wonderful, haven’t done much pampering here in France. And our beds here are the worst. Diana (my roommate) and I wake up each day with really achy shoulders and backs. And I haven’t sat on a couch in 4 months.
That night we went to sports bar type place. In Prague, you seat yourself and there are smoking and non smoking sections, which surprised me at first. I assume it’s because it would be freaking freezing to stand outside and smoke, but who knows. Also, we had to tip, which I haven’t had to do in a LONG time. Oh, simple math, you always get me in the end.
This post is getting rather long, so I’ll spare you the details of Sunday. Let’s just say that Sunday also involved numerous lattés. I was tempted to get one last one at the airport last night, but even I had to cut myself off.