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No internet!

Still alive here so don't worry

Sam here... Sorry for the lack of posts lately but we have just not had any reliable internet connection anywhere, a free one at least :(

We are now in London and will be flying back to Miami on the 16th booooo!! After Prague we went to Cesky Krumlov a beautiful town in the Czech Republic. There were no computers in the hostel so we didn't really bother going to an internet cafe cuz we thought we would catch up in Salzburg. The hostel in Salzburg was actually a converted dorm where you think they would have good internet but it was the worst connection I've seen since modems. We just did the basic things there because it was very frustrating to wait 10 minutes for a page to load.

London is as awesome as i remember maybe even more so but our hostel again does not have computers just wifi for people that have their own. It's quite cheap though and close to all the sites so it works. Once we get back to good old Miami we will write all about these places with greater detail. We've had an awesome trip so far and it looks to continue till the end. We are sad that the trip is ending but also excited to see our family and friends. Also excited to have drinks with ice and see some sunshine since it's pretty rainy here in London as you would expect.

Take care everyone and see you soon!!! :)

Posted by stanncie 07:01 Comments (1)

Baby Jesus, The bridge and Jewish District

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To begin this beautïful Sunday day we got up leisurely and prepared some eggs for breakfast. Then we headed for the bus station to buy our bus tickets for our trip to Kutna Hora the next day as well as Cesky Krumlov for the following day. Buying the ticket was not too hard but the saleslady refused to sell us a return ticket so that was weird.

After that we hurried back to the Infant of Prague church because we had read that there was an English Mass at noon and we were excited to be able to finally understand something at mass. We made it a bit late but not too much and were surprised to see it was packed with tourists and other immigrants to this city. Mostly Asian and African. After mass we went up to finally see the collection of vestments that they have for the Infant. They have a small museum where they showcase them. We saw around 20 of them and they were all beautiful. One was a gift from Maria Therese, the empress of Austria in the 1800s.

After Mass we headed over to the famous Charles Bridge. It is probably one of the most beautiful walks you can take. Along the bridge there are saints statues and you can touch the spot where they threw a famous saint over it for defending the faith. There are also nice stalls along it where you can buy all sorts of souvenirs and jewelry.

We then headed to the old Jewish district. I call it old because there are verÿ few Jews here in Prague now. We visited two Synagogues that are now museums. We also visited an old Jewish Cemetery that is still kept up nicely. As I mentioned there are only around 1000 jews living here presently. In the different museums you can see stuff about Jewish life, religious practices and in one you can read the names of all people from Prague and around that were killed during the Nazi regime in the different work and death camps.

All in all it was a very nice day and we ended up dead tired. Off to Kutna Hora tomorrow for a day trip

Posted by stanncie 08:26 Archived in Czech Republic Comments (0)

Old Town/New Town (neither are new at all)

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It's Sam again here in beautiful Prague.

As Brenda stated Prague is beautiful and this is even more evident when you visit the City center.
We again took the trusty tram to the Old town and the first thing we saw was a bunch of people dressed in traditional outfits dancing away on a stage. It turns out we were in the middle of a folklore festival from countries all over Europe. We saw people dancing traditional dances from Germany, Norway, Poland, Spain, etc throughout the day in the different squares of the city as we walked around.

We first visited Tyn Church which was another beauty but to tell you the truth all the churches are starting to become one in my head haha. Then we were just in time to see the performance of the Astronomical Clock that is this huge structure right on the middle of Old Town. Just like the Astronomical clock in Olomoucs this clock tells time, days, weeks, saint days, lunar cycles etc. At noon there are these mechanical figures of the 12 apostles that parade by, then the time is rung and then a rooster is supposed to crow. We heard a trumpet play at the end and the rooster didn't do anything so maybe he's damaged.

After that, we ate some lunch and with renewed energy we walked to New town which is only new compared to the old one lol. The walk isn't that far actually and along the way there are shops of all kinds some very expensive ones as well as newsstands, food vendors and of course souvenirs all over. The amount of tourists here is crazy! I have only seen more tourists in places like the Colosseum in Rome or the Eiffel Tower and such.

The square in New town is actually a long rectangular boulevard with the National Gallery at the end which is a very impressive building. There is also a huge statue of St Wenceslas who is the big saint here on a horse right on front.

We walked along some more and saw some more dances from the folklore festival which seemed to be everywhere. We also kind of wanted to see a performance here since they have like 8 classical concerts daily catering mostly to tourists but we decided to try something else instead. I had read about Black Light theater on a travel book. It's a form of theater unique to Prague. We saw that there was to be a performance that day and it was considerably cheaper than the classical concerts around 15 dollars or 300 Cesky Crowns. We went to a ticket office and bought some tickets despite the unhelpful sales lady who seemed about as excitable as a rock haha.

We had time to kill before the performance but didn't want to return to the hostel so we headed over to a mall we had seen and found the most delicious Mongolian fast food. It was a seafood soup that was really yummy. The food here is fine but I much prefer Hungarian or Polish food.

The performance is hard to describe. The performers either wear fabrics that shine on Black light or completely black outfits that hide them so they can assist in making it appear that objects are flying or people are levitating. The concept and technology is pretty cool and some parts were very nice visuals. The story line was a little weird though and it had nothing to do with language since there is no talking of any kind during it just music. Overall it was good for the price we paid and something very unique to this area.

We got back to the hostel at around 10 p.m. we kinda wanted to check out this pub nearby that is supposed to be pretty cool but were way too tired. Maybe tomorrow....

Posted by stanncie 12:39 Archived in Czech Republic Comments (1)

The story of Poet's Corner

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Poet's corner (the hostel in Olomouc) has a very interesting story. The Aussie couple who run it actually met in Prague while backpacking and after falling in love they decided to move to Olomouc and open a hostel! They had to leave everything in Australia and learn Czech.

The hostel as I mentioned is beautiful and very homey. On our first full day here we headed to the main square and joined in a free walking tour done by one of the hostel owners Francie. It was very informative and took us around the town while explaining its history past and present. She also suggested we visit one of the museums during our visit. We then got some lunch at a traditional Czech restaurant which was fairly inexpensive. The food was pretty good but I still say Hungarian food was better.

After a nice lunch we headed back to the hostel to rest for a bit. We had been going at the tourist thing pretty hard so far and Olomouc was a place for a bit of rest. We took our first nap of this entire trip and then got up and did some cooking since the kitchen at this hostel was nice and we had bought some groceries earlier. We needed to get some supplies since this hostel didn't offer a free breakfast.

After a nice dinner of paprika pork and salad we headed out to a local microbrewery with our friend Mel and an Aussie guy named Joshua we met earlier. The beer was quite good and the atmosphere was nice with live music. We got back pretty early since most everything closes pretty early in Olomouc.

Posted by stanncie 13:50 Archived in Czech Republic Comments (0)

Zodiakus we love you!!

On our way to Olomouc

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Sam again...

Last day in Krakow and as I mentioned before we were sad to go. Zodiakus (our hostel) was awesome. We got up pretty late and headed to the train station to buy our tickets along with Melanie the Scottish girl who decided to tag along with us. After that we hurried to the hostel because Justyna had promised us some home cooked Polish soup. The soup had mushrooms, sausages and other things I couldn't identify but it was awesome. We said our goodbyes and headed off.

Once at the train station we did the usual and boarded our train which took us to a Czech town called Bouhmin where we had to make the connection for Olomouc. The ride took roughly 5 hours and we made it to Olomouc ( you actually pronounce it ollo=moats) by nightfall. Melanie came along as I mentioned and we took the tram that would take us to the hostel. The only reason we were going to this town is because we had heard it had a great hostel and that it was a charming little town that had been an important city at one point and the capital of Moravia.

The hostel was indeed great! It had a homey feel and was pretty big. The rooms were not as cramped either. Since it was a very small town everything was pretty much done when we got there so we went to bed early.

Posted by stanncie 13:30 Archived in Czech Republic Comments (0)

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