First day, travel to Prague on friday the 13th....

Prague Travel Blog

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The Preparation

What is my relationship with the Czech Republic? Is it Prague, or the nature / culture? Maybe it is for some people but for us "Exerion'-people it is the town of Olomouc. Here we have namely a sister company and within our company we came up with the idea to create a group of people to visit our foreign colleagues. But it is not just around the corner, though some think it is (by car then ...) so just go to Olomouc is not so easy. To get as many people as possible we want to do it as cheaply as possible. Are we going to fly, by train, or with a few cars? With all these "problems" we got the idea not to visit only Olomouc, but also spend one day in Prague! Why not: because we are passing Prague! Lets then complete the journey and do this through an organization with a 4 day bus trip to the Czech Republic: a city trip to Prague.
Désirées birthday!
Now we can go recruit people who want to join us. The agent was soon found: EFFEWEG.NL.

We got 17 people together and in stead of going to “juffrouw Tok” where we should get on the bus, we arranged that the bus came to our company and picked us up at the front. On Friday morning we all where ready to go and we had a cup of coffee together and where waiting for the bus. We were now just with 13 people because 2 were sick, one in the hospital, 1 couldn’t go anymore and the 4th is already in the Czech Republic. We will meet him there.
But is this a bad sign: leaving with 13 people on Friday the 13th ?

It doesn’t matter….. The bus came 20 minutes to late and after putting our luggage in the bus, we left with 56 other people in the bus.

The bus trip.
Paparazzi


We were just 3 km away and we all saw a sign that big and heavy traffic could not pass a bridge in Anholt, 2 km ahead. I guess our driver didn’t see this and we came at the bridge. The driver announced that crossing this bridge is not possible, so he turned and he chooses the right way to the highway. Now we found the A3 and start our trip for real. Within 30 minutes we had to stop and we noticed that the driver has to be relieved because of the 3 hours behind the steering wheel and we got a new driver. A female driver called Artie. The stop is short and we continue. She starts also with the bus rules: Put on your seat bells: the plastic bags at the seats are mend for the garbage. We got further instructions about the coffee, soft drinks and the beer in the fridge.
Then comes the instruction about using the toilet .
Passing a village
.. .. Well, what can you tell about that: she very much! In principle, the chemical toilet can only be used for emergency cases and certainly not a long visit. As an extra she added that only the women could use it because it is difficult for a man to keep there snake steady in a moving bus. After this strange information we all were laughing under our chairs. This could be a funny trip.

We had a coffee break and could stretch our legs. We continue and suddenly she got of the highway and we drive more slowly. She grabs the microphone and says: "I think I've taken the wrong turn, I'm still not awake. I will turn here”. She does this in the middle of a crossing. Should there be a truck coming with a decent speed, he would have problems to miss us. But we saw that she can handle such a big bus.
We drive ahead but stay in the vicinity of Kassel. This must be a big city because we see signs about 2 hours. Is she lost again? But we continue and again we loos speed. It seems that there is a discussion between her and her “TomTom”, her navigation. She decides to follow the sign ‘Erfurt’. Now we are getting somewhere and we are really going to the Czech Republic. We have to more stops for coffee and a quick bite and we have to hurry to be on time in a restaurant in Prague for diner.

Prague, the first evening.

The trip goes well without wrong roads, we think, but it is already dark and we have probably not noticed it. We arrive at the restaurant but have to wait till the group before us is finished.

Damned, all those tourists…

There is a man entering the bus with a lot of Czech money.
I had diner at the bar :)
We can change some Euro’s for CZ money (Kr). It is expensive so we change just a little bit to have money for the evening. Our financial man calculates fast and thinks that the man gets 10% extra. This takes around 20 minutes and then we can go inside. There isn’t place for everybody, so a few are going to another room, and 2, including me got a seat at the bar. Practicing for the next days…
Diner is already made and you cannot burn yourself at the soup. Obviously it was already waiting for us. The rest of the diner is good and after the desert we pay our drinks and need to go outside to cool down. We noticed already that it is very hot inside. In the last 3 km. we get more information from our driver. She is telling us that in some churches it is not allowed for woman to enter with bare shoulders and men in shorts.
Sports bar.
Eeeehhh .... It’s November, so that chance is not very big that we would walk in those clothes. And then the language problem. She tells us that she always managed to talk with her hands and feet. And if this will go wrong it doesn’t matter, they don’t know you. And if you ever get back here they will not recognize you again. Useful information….

Midnight, we arrive at the hotel. It is the “Quality Hotel”. Everybody got out of the bus and we find our luggage quick, because they are on top. We hurry to check in but we need to check in 2 at the time and we have to leave our passports at the desk. That is something I won’t do. It is your most important document so I will not leave it behind the desk. Our group steps aside and the rest can check in. They will leave there passports there.
Sports bar.
Finally we can check in and she makes copies of the passports and I got my passport back. We drop our stuff in the rooms and are back in 10 minutes at the lobby. We want to have a beer at the bar but it is already closed. Begging for a drink is not possible. What to do? To early to sleep, so we ask for a bar. They point us to a sports bar very close. It is not a nice bar. They have to much light there, but they are open. We talked about the trip to Prague and soon we decide to go to bed. Tomorrow we have to leave early for our train ride to Olomouc that will take 2,5 hours. But getting to the trainstation with the tram will take also 0,5 hour and we have to calculate an extra half hour for safety. And they expect us at 10 am in Olomouc. At 2:30 everything is quiet again.
jos-nijenhuis says:
Dank je Tineke voor de felicitatie. De bussen vertrekken vanuit Didam, bij Juffrouw Tok. Maar door heel Nederland heen zijn opstappunten. Die bussen brengen je naar Didam toe. De hele reis naar Tsjechië duurt ongeveer 12 uur :( Inclusief alle stops.
Posted on: Jan 02, 2010
Globevoyager says:
Hey Jos, congrats on being featured! Good start of the year! :-)
Posted on: Jan 01, 2010
dahling says:
Congratulations Jos, nicely written.
Posted on: Jan 01, 2010
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Désirées birthday!
Désirées birthday!
Paparazzi
Paparazzi
Passing a village
Passing a village
I had diner at the bar :)
I had diner at the bar :)
Sports bar.
Sports bar.
Sports bar.
Sports bar.
Els, Dianne and Cosja. Last two di…
Els, Dianne and Cosja. Last two d…
Short break
Short break
My first beer!
My first beer!
Collegues.
Collegues.
First drink in Prague.
First drink in Prague.
In the sports bar close to our hot…
In the sports bar close to our ho…
Prague
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