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On the train from Berlin to Prague

So Eastern Europe.  For some reason when I thought of Eastern Europe I imagined a lot of really bright coloured buildings everywhere (am I picturing Russia?) but instead it was dark and gloomy.  Kind of got a poor and old feeling from the city.  But I was finding some very good prices (once I figured out the difference in currencies, divide everything by about 25 to get the amount in Euro) on food (one of my favourite things in the world) but no deals on alcohol.  I took another free walking tour.  I wish I had come across more of these before, but I never saw any.  It's another great way to meet people.  I'm hoping Budapest has one too, because I have no idea what I want to do there.  I thought I was going to be more impressed with Prague.

On the train from Berlin to Prague
  I don't know, hoping for small town, Eastern Europe charm? And tons of bright colours too of course.  But it was a little gloomy, maybe it was the hail that gave me this impression.  My goal was to avoid getting any Czech currency at all, so that I didn't have to bother exchanging it later and so that I didn't end up with any useless coins later.  I managed to do this, but it kicked me in the butt a little on the train out of there.  There aren't many places that accept credit cards, so when I tried to buy myself some food for my 7.5 hour train ride, I was out of luck.  I ended up eating 3 week old cereal all day (it tasted fine in my opinion, my standards may have dropped in the last few weeks). 
I'm halfway through my trip at this point.
Sam got bored...
  I  have visited 12 countries out of 21 (if you include Monaco and Vatican City).  I think this second half of the trip will seem to go by a lot faster and I'll be back in Ottawa before I know it.  A bit of a scary thought...

Thoughts while in the Czech Republic:

-The public clocks in Prague are never right.
-They don't believe in credit cards.
-They put pickles on everything.
-The tunnels while on the train are creepy because there are no lights.
-The people seem to be very traditional and conservative.  For the first time, the men are polite and don't stare at me as I walk down the street.  They even offer to help me with my backpack on the trains. 
-I'm having a hard time understanding when they communicate with body gestures. Or even when they say yes and no, it likes yes means no to them and vice versa.  So I'm learning all over again how to communicate with my hands.

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On the train from Berlin to Prague
On the train from Berlin to Prague
On the train from Berlin to Prague
On the train from Berlin to Prague
Sam got bored...
Sam got bored...
On the train from Berlin to Prague
On the train from Berlin to Prague
Another hostel dinner, Id had eno…
Another hostel dinner, I'd had en…
Poor Sam lost a bet and had to eat…
Poor Sam lost a bet and had to ea…
The famous clock
The famous clock
Looks like this building was torn …
Looks like this building was torn…
A lot of murals
A lot of murals
The famous bridge...oops I forgot …
The famous bridge...oops I forgot…
Prague streets
Prague streets
View of Prague
View of Prague
Prague
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