0427 The Dark Side of Prague (Czech Republic 001â€”new)
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So finally Iâ€™m going to change that and visit this city that everybody raves aboutâ€¦
I arrive at 9 pm. This time I decided to break with tradition and reserve a hostel room in advance. I donâ€™t want my first experience in
I head out of the bus station to the rather dingy streetsâ€¦ a rather rundown post-Communist feel to this neighbourhood.
I guess I assumed that my hostel would be in the city center. But once I cross the river, the city quickly turns into endless trash ridden empty lots on my left and intermittent unfriendly looking neighborhoods on my rightâ€¦ No business districtâ€¦ hardly any peopleâ€¦ no sign that Iâ€™m getting closer to the city centerâ€¦
I find myself in a bit of a predicament: 1. itâ€™s getting late, and thereâ€™s less and less public transportation. 2. I donâ€™t have any Czech currency anyways, 3. Iâ€™m very distrustful of taxis in general, and
Finally I reach yet another bridge, and I know Iâ€™m definitely not heading towards townâ€¦
I head back to a subway commuter train station which is all but empty.
I head outside to a gas station where a couple of caps are lurking in wait for their preyâ€¦ I decide Iâ€™ll give it one more shotâ€¦ I head down another road back south once again, under a railway passâ€¦ and there my hostel was right on the cornerâ€¦
I was worth the search-- especially since itâ€™s been over a week since Iâ€™ve slept in a bedâ€¦
Feeling rejuvenated, I head out to experience
Actually, down this street, the north side of town doesnâ€™t look too badâ€¦ and before long, Iâ€™m back across the river and into the heart of
Definitely the right thing to do to explore
After wandering around a bit, soaking in the vibe of the city, I hike on back up to my hostelâ€¦
I was a little worried that by exploring a bunch of Europeâ€™s â€śSupercitiesâ€ť back to back, I was going to start getting jaded and all of them were going to start looking alike. But thatâ€™s definitely not the case.
In the morning, I head straight back to explore Old Prague. Not quite so ominous in the daylight, but still, has that unique feel to it. I take a video clip next to the tower and another with the dark cathedral in the background.
But when I go inside the cathedral, Iâ€™m surprised to find that it has a very cheerful interior, painted in light colors! Thatâ€™s seems strange-- as most Catholic churches are very somber on the insideâ€¦
There is so much to see and enjoy in Prague, although I must admit, a lot of times I feel like Iâ€™m just being swept along in a river of tourists everywhereâ€¦
I head across the famous Charles bridge and up to check out the cathedral and castle high on the hillside on the other sideâ€¦ then down again to some peaceful gardens that include a wall that looks like itâ€™s made out of stalagtitesâ€¦
I donâ€™t visit a lot of museums, unless their free or really, really catch my attention.
Iâ€™m not a vicarious sadist or slasher movie lover-- but Iâ€™ve always been intrigued at how torture was perfected almost to an art form during centuries past here in
It is a very interesting display-- not a lot of information that I didnâ€™t already know about, but to actually see and touch those instruments really makes you wince-- and appreciate the fact that times have changedâ€¦
I guess it kind of kills that â€śfairy taleâ€ť feel of this medieval architectureâ€¦
From there, I decide that I need to get out of tourist trap
Back up river, I crisscross the
Another thing that excites me is the fact that Czech Republic is a small country with cheap trains and busesâ€¦ this means that I could come back here and in a couple of weeks parkbench the entire countryâ€¦
But that will be another timeâ€¦ Now Iâ€™ve got another overnight bus to catchâ€¦