Prague & Cesky Krumlov
24.08.2008 - 29.08.2008 27 °C
I am so incredibly glad to be back to the Euro here in Vienna after spending 6 days struggling to figure out the bloody Czech currency...2000 and 5000 notes - very very different!
Prague was a really pretty city but definately not what i had expected...Im not sure if it had too much hype around it and people had talked it up too much but I was kind of disappointed with it. I found it really overrated & a tad dull to be honest. The people were rude and extremely hateful of tourists and the hostel staff were ridiculously hopeless at their jobs which made everything that should have been simple into a really big drama. There also wasnt a lot to do there except wander around and take in the old architecture and history of the place (and the beautiful Prague castle of course). The room my friend Rachael and I ended up with at the hostel though was great!! A girls only room with big mirrors, really nice shower and hairdryers...a 4 bedder all to ourselves because nobody else ended up being in the room. I had fun and enjoyed going out with everyone and experiencing Prague nightlife but 3 nights were definately enough in Prague and I was really happy to be moving onto Cesky krumlov.
Cesky Krumlov was fantastic. Such a small, cute place that reminded me a lot of Bruges. People still wernt overly happy here but at least they were a lot more pleasant to deal with on a day to day basis which made things bit easier. The hostel was a quirky little place where if u were any taller than me u would hit ur head at every turn and it was so old it even had wooden nails holding it all together still!! It was also run by a crazy brazilian and majority of the staff were just other renadom trvallers who landed in Cesky and never really left - they now spend their days taking ppl to the top of the river and laying in the sun & being paid for it - rough life huh?! It had a really good atmosphere though and the food was AWESOME and very cheap too! Highlight was the river rafting...7 of us got together, hired a little boat and rafted lazily down the river stopping at many bars along the way where ppl were practically throwing drinks at u before u even got out of the boat - combine this with the amazingly beautiful hot weather we had and it made for a perfect stay in Cesky. I finally got some colour thanks to the nice weather and am now one step above albino - YAY!
Now im onto Vienna in Austria and my arse and legs feel like they have finally fully recovered from the 70km bike ride in Bruges so im going to head off on a bike tour which is meant to be great and tomorrow hitting up the local markets tomorrow.
I started this whole trip with an idea in my head of how long in each place and what id like to do and all of that has now changed - i change my mind about what id like to do, where i want to stay and for how long so im now flying by the seat of my pants and not booking anything - embracing the lazy, flexible traveller I have easily become (hoping for the best!!!)