Feels like home: Day Two in Praha
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I got up early enough for breakfast at the hotel, not that
it was great, but it was complimentary.
They had the usual fare- corn flakes, fruit, yogurt (blech…), coffee,
etc. I was the last one out of the room,
but hey… I first stopped in the lobby to
the use the hotel’s internet, but I had to wait since someone else was using
it. And let me remind you that patience
isn’t one of my virtues. So while they
floated around Facebook, I was itching to use it to find the HRC on a map so I
could head out. Finally, endlessly… Turned
out the map function worked on that computer, and I realized where the HRC
was. Right next to Old Town Square. I had been about 200 yards from it when I was
there the day before.
I got to the Square just in time for the Astronomical Clock show. Even though I’ve seen it more times than I can remember, I figured one more wasn’t going to hurt. So I filmed it with my phone, and remembered why I avoided OTS at the top of the hour. It was wicked crowded. So from there, I headed over to Male Namesti and the HRC.
But the coolest part about Male Namesti were the old fashioned cars. I don’t remember seeing them when I was living in Prague, but I saw them on the show “The Amazing Race” when they were in Praha. So after a few pics, I went into the HRC shop. It was more crowded than I thought it would be, but it managed to snatch up a shotglass (last one in the box) and a T-shirt. I ended up with the brown one since my dad says I have too many dark colored shirts. Sorry, but it was either brown or white, and I didn’t care for the white one. I put the HRC bag in my backpack, and went about exploring. I walked down a street off of the Square, and found a Chocolate Museum. Of course my interest (and taste buds) were peaked. But the tour was expensive, so I just headed into the shop. I found many cool things, but nothing original, nothing I had to have. After ducking out, I heard a familiar song start.
Mark Morrison- Return of the Mack.
Yes, there’s video. I had to. It took every ounce of self-control not to start laughing. The music in the hotel’s lobby was cheesy enough, but this took the prize. And I continued. I walked through the smaller streets, finding the subway stop for Namesti Republiky, and found myself navigating the streets with ease as I went to find Red, Hot and Blues. I found the restaurant/expat shop easily enough, only to find that the shop was closed. Disappointed, I walked off to find a good restaurant that had svickova. Finally finding one, it felt really good to sit down and relax. So over a beer, good food and my book (Tintenherz- “Inkheart” in German), I enjoyed the time I had.
I ended up stopping at the main Bohemia Bagel store on Masna. Two bagels and two brownies later, I was on my way.
From there, it was more wandering until I reached the Mustek subway station. After a good full day of walking, pictures and fighting off a sinus headache, I decided a graceful retreat to the hotel was in order. I got back early enough for a good nap, then watched the Champions League game between Manchester United and Bayern Munich. Guess who I wanted to win? I was disappointed when Wayne Rooney got the go-ahead goal just after the game started, but Bayern did well to make sure it stayed 1-0 for most of the game. Then Bayern just went. Two goals within minutes of each other- one just before the game ended. Great game, glad I got to watch!
Wednesday was less exciting. Breakfast, check-out, train station (my time management skills got me there an HOUR early). Finally got on the train, sharing a compartment with a guy heading to Weimar. We didn’t chat, I just put my headphones on and alternated between dozing and looking out the window. This time around, I got my passport checked by the German police. Nothing exciting, they just looked at the ID page, flipped through the other pages and gave it back. We ended up getting into Dresden about 15 minutes late (late leaving Prague). From there I just changed the rest of my Czech Korunas into Euros, bought a hot chocolate and headed to the Wohnheim.