Another Travel Day
Cesky Krumlov Travel Blog› entry 52 of 86 › view all entries
So I figured spending 10 hours travelling, there wouldn't be too much to write about. I did not factor in the fact that I was travelling through the Czech Republic.
Leaving Berlin and the train to Prague was uneventful. When I has purchase my ticket, I accidently purchased it to Prague instead of to Cersky Krumlov (thanks to my stupidity and then the lack of English spoken by the ticket agent so I couldn't make changes), so I knew when I arrived in Prague I would have to figure our how to buy a ticket. I arrived in one of two Prague stations, the smaller one in the suburbs. I knew the train I wanted was leaving in about an hour, but I didn't realize it was leaving from another train station.
I then went looking for the ticket booth, which in every other city, is clearly marked and really easy to find. I did find an information person who spoke English who directed me "to the right and then to the left". Surprisingly, I found it. Once I had my ticket, I had to figure out how to get to train station #2. I went to a tabacco store and bought a 26 crown ticket with a 1,000 crown bill.
I then got on the subway and then arrived in train station #2.
After spending some quality time on the German trains, the Czech trains are brutal. They're old, dirty, noisy and slow (as described by a Czech person). I took a video of the sound the train made each time it stopped at a station.
I then arrived at my second station where I needed to change trains. The train was late but luckily I had chatted with a guy in sitting across from me that is Czech but spoke English and actually lived in Calgary a couple years ago. He helped me find out that the "train" I needed was a bus that was leaving that minute and from 400m away. He walked me there and I just made it. Thank you Mark!!! Apparently, the portion of the track from that station to the next stop was being repaired. No one told me this when I bought the ticket!
Then I made it to station number 4 of the day, and had no idea if I was on the right train since none of them were marked. I spent the next hour on a ridiculously slow train (I'll post a video), having to pee and not knowing if I was on the right train.
Luckily, I was on the right train and arrived in Cesky Krumlov. The information desk was closed and I had no idea which way to go, since my hostel instructions were from the bus station. So for the next hour I wandered around town looking for my hostel. I eventually found it after getting a good look of most of the town haha
Becky was there when I arrived and introduced me to the other people staying at the hostel. We all went out for supper at a restaurant right along a river. I really like the town already and have extended my stay another day. It's super hot here (not so much fun carrying a backpack), but we're going rafting tomorrow, so that should be fun :)