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Trip Report Weekends in Europe - Solo in Prague - New friends and lots of beer in the prettiest city!

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A bit about me: I am 22, female and moved to London about 1.5 years ago. I love 2 things very dearly: travelling and food. London is perfect for both

I try to escape my hectic work life (12-15 hours per weekday) once a month for a short weekend trip, typically Saturday morning to Sunday night. Easyjet is my dream come true in a sense. This series of trip reports will be talking about these weekends, before they become a blur inside my head. Keep in mind that they will sound very rushed, but well. Thats how weekend trips need to be!

There's plenty of time to sleep when you are dead - Benjamin Franklin


God bless bank holidays in London. Monday (6th May 2013) was one, and I was off to Prague to celebrate all by myself :)

Day 1:

With a connecting flight via Frankfurt, I arrived at Prague at 2 pm. I was able to get out of the airport fairly quickly (no immigration queues, and checked in baggage!) Took Bus 119 to Dejvická (the last stop) and metro line A to Malostranská for 48 CZK (£1.5). I was staying at the Charles Bridge Economic Hostel - which was the building right next to Charles Bridge (on the West)

This is by far the best hostel I have ever stayed at - lovely location, amazing spacious rooms (very pretty too), huge and clean bathrooms, and unbelievably helpful staff who really took out time to explain different ways to spend my time. They were also a "tourist information centre" - the status comes with a lot of discousnts, and also a public transport ticket machine in the common room! All for 800 CZK for two nights!!

I headed for a 3 pm free walking tour by Prague Extravanganza - its a 3 hour tour which covers old town and jewish ghetto in 1.5 hours, and 1.5 hours for the castle, with a break at Charles Bridge in the middle. Its always good to orient yourselves to a place with a free tour before you explore in detail on your own. The guide was a nice czech man, but the tour was so-so. The tidbits of history he told us were good to know. We saw the astronomical clock, St James church (which was really beautiful ), and then walked to the Jewish quarter. We saw the spanish, pinkas and old new syngagoues from outside only. I left the group after this, and headed to my hostel to get ready for the evening.
I had tickets at the State Opera for "Aida" - the opera was nice, but seemed to cater a lot to tourists who never watch the Opera back home (I actually visit ROH in London quite often, and was quite shocked by people walking in late after breaks, and the incessant coughing during the performance)
It had rained while we were inside, and the evening was quite chilly so i headed straight back towards the hostel and decided to eat at Lokal - a restaurant recommended by the hostel that seemed to be extremely popular with locals who all seemed to know each other. Unfortunately dinner time was over, so I stuck to a sausage and some beer (my first since arriving). Eating alone is the worst part about travelling alone - I was about to get up after getting done when a fellow solo-traveller asked if I would give him company. Why not make someone elses experience nicer :) He owns a company that works on making companies more eco-friendly, and is from london too. We ended up drinking a few beers together and realised that the entire restauarnt was deserted (chairs up on table et all) by the time we left. Sweet of the staff to not shoo us away! The began a chain of new and interesting people I would be meeting during this trip :) "home" was a hop skip and jump away, and I crashed the moment I got to my bed

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