Europe By Bus | Days 7-10 | Prague & Budapest

November 6th 2016

I’m afraid I’ve been lumbered with work for the last couple of days and so I’ve been neglecting this blog. Updating it every day might have been a bit of an ambitious idea, but I’m going to try harder so don’t give up on me!

Today is my last day in Budapest. ?

 

I’m in this restaurant on my own and the waiter guy was so clearly judging me for going there alone (or more probably being a woman eating alone) which is weird because the whole reason I decided to come in here was that there were two other people on their own. Actually strike that, another lonesome guy just walked in so there are THREE of us now.

I don’t normally eat in actual restaurants alone, I’m more about the food courts, cafes and informal places without waiters, but I’ve been walking for about four hours ever since The House of Terror and if I didn’t eat and drink soon I was going to go mad and/or collapse. To make up for the awkwardness I’m trying to look all sophisticated and writery so they think I’m reviewing this place so they stop judging and start giving me free stuff.

So on with the blog. I’ll get to the beautiful city which is Budapest (or rather Buda and Pest as it used to be) in due course, but first, let’s catch up with the last few days in Prague.

Halloween

People in Prague really don’t celebrate Halloween. Or rather they do but apparently, it’s on the 2nd of November and is more of a ‘day of the dead’ type thing. So it was a bit weird bring in the hostel and seeing everyone else Halloween photos from back home when I literally just saw one group of people dressed up here and realistically they were tourists, but the night was still quite fun.

I ended up drinking with some Spanish and German people in the hostel kitchen and played an array of confusing drinking games.  I also went over the bridge onto the other side of Prague and walked up a very big hill to get an amazing view of the city. The lovely Kavita took me up there as she was somehow already an expert on the entire city (make sure to look at her blog).

 

1st of November

This was my last day in Prague and I’d finally got to grips with the city (with a lot of help from Google maps, of course, thank God for 02s European travel offer) so I made my way back across the bridge to take a look at John Lennon’s wall. There was a guy playing the guitar and singing his songs and it was a beautiful example of street art.


 

 

 

I accidentally ended up having the healthiest lunch ever mostly because I went into this healthy foods cafe place because I wanted to charge my phone and they had plugs and so I ended up having a meal made up entirely of vegetables. It was really nice though.

 

I ended up getting a private tour of the Alchemy Museum led by a really hot Czech guy as I was the only one there for that particular time. The Alchemy Museum is pretty cool. You go underground and see these little rooms where they used to make alchemy positions without anyone ever finding out until last century, and you get there through a real life revolving bookcase!

The fumes from the potions they were making used to waft up into the streets and they made everyone so high that they kept hallucinating and apparently they were all convinced that these fiery goats were coming at them.

Apparently, the philosophers stone from Harry Potter was a real thing( or person) which goes back to the BC times (maybe that’s common knowledge, I’m not sure). In any case, the tour was really interesting and I highly recommend it.

Oh, and on my way to the Alchemy tour, I stumbled across this art gallery which was full of neon heads and mechanical legs.

After the tour I met up with my local friend and we went to a bar/restaurant place that did loads of vegetarian options (there is nothing quite like a free burrito when you’re traveling!) and we went to a German bar and this awesome little tiki cocktail place. It definitely helps to know a local who can show you all the stuff you’d miss as a tourist.

On my way to the Alchemy tour, I stumbled across this art gallery which was full of neon heads and mechanical legs.
 


 


 
Prague is a really good place for vegetarians. They price the food by weight, but my plates were pretty packed and they were still really cheap.

 

 

Summary: Prague

Prague is a beautiful city which literally looks like it fell out of a fairy tale. It is a very popular tourist destination (even though I went in October/November it was still pretty rammed) and it’s not as cheap as the rest of the Czech Republic, but it is still one of those places that you have to see to believe.

 

Check back soon for my entries on Budapest, Brasov, and Bucharest!

Europe By Bus | Days 6 & 7 | Prague

  • 1st November 2016

Prague is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. The architecture doesn’t seem to have been marred by the 1950s concrete horrors and the strange glass towers that so many other cities (including my very own London) are full of.

In Prague, pretty much every building, even regular shops, and houses look like it fell out of the 16th century. Prague feels like it has been untouched by every war and major tragedy of Europe’s recent past. It basically looks like a real life city version of Disney World, and it’s awesome.


 

 


 



 

Before I came to Prague, I was starting to worry that I was going to have a very lonely time in Europe. It’s not like I didn’t speak to people at the last two hostels, but I didn’t exactly go anywhere with anyone or really spend any time with them.

All that changed in Prague. My hostel was small, cheap and fairly basic, but the people were great. I actually knew someone in Prague already so my solo traveling was about to become (at least temporarily) much less solo.

One of the other people staying in my hostel in Prague was Kavita. When I met Kavita she was still making her way through Europe, but now eight months later she has been through Russia, she caught the Trans-Siberian Express, she has been to China, Japan, and SE Asia.

She is literally living my dream and I am incredibly jealous of her. Y’know when someone is more successful than you but you can’t hate them because they’re nice? In all seriousness though I’ve only met a few other travel bloggers during my hostel stays (perhaps people don’t want to bring it up because you don’t want to be that guy) and I’ve really enjoyed following Kavita’s brave and crazy journey. See here for Kavita’s take on Prague.

On my first night in Prague, I went for Indian food with my roommates and played strange Australian/American drinking games. After that, I met up with my friend from Prague and we went to Prague’s Radio One station where we sat around drinking beer and taking legal highs whilst these guys did their radio thing.

After that, we went to this pub which apparently never closed and I ended up falling into bed at 4:30 which meant the next day I was very hungover and only managed to stagger out of the hostel at 3:30 pm in search of vegetables. I did discover a very rejuvenating vegan buffet though (my first and only ever experience of Loving Hut) and all the beautiful buildings in the old town square including the astronomical clock perked me up somewhat.


 

 

Prague has a lot of overpriced weed products which don’t actually get you high. You can get the cookies and lollies that they sell in the shops in Amsterdam and they also sell this absinthe and weed ice cream mixture which was surprisingly nice (although sadly not real).

 

 

Don’t Forget The John Lennon Wall!

Summary

Prague really does look like a fairy tale city and I was lucky enough to go during October/November when there are fewer tourists so you can actually see things. They also have a lot of busking and amazing warm wine which works out to around £1.10. Seeing as it’s normal for me to pay £6 for a glass of wine at home this was very exciting.

The one downer that happened in Prague was that my phone decided it didn’t have enough space for me to take photos and, considering that 1) I don’t own a professional camera so I basically rely on my phone and tablet for photos, and 2) I was making a travel blog which is kind of pointless without photos it really was quite distressing. I had to delete pretty much all my apps and it was still touch and go for the rest of the trip. These are literally the epitome of first world problems, but somehow it doesn’t feel right to see the world if you can’t also save it for later.

Keep your eyes peeled for alchemists, bus journeys, and Budapest!
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