Vienna Wrap-up

The part of the my travels with Vienna as a home base is coming to a close, so I thought I would make a video to help remember all of the amazing experiences I have had so far. I would like to first thank Melissa for inviting me to come and stay with her family. Not only was she great at planning our trips and working out the details, but she was also a really fun friend to share every experience with. Also, I want to thank the Salzmann family for letting me stay at their house over the past month. It’s not easy having a guest in your house for such a long time, and they were always so nice and welcoming. My European adventure, however, is not over! Tomorrow, I leave for London and ultimately Bristol in England to visit my friend Peter, who I also met working at camp last summer. I’m looking forward to an amazing time, and I will update again in about a week with a bunch of new stories to share!

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Prague

Prague

Sorry it’s taken me so long to write the actual post about Prague. I wish I could say I’ve been really busy in Vienna so I haven’t had time, but the truth is I’ve been relaxing, going to the gym, and hanging out at the pool – which has been absolutely amazing!

Anyway, Prague was really fun! We got there by bus, which wasn’t so bad and arrived last Thursday evening. We then walked from the bus station to our hotel. Our hotel was nice considering we paid 60 euro for three nights. We had a decently sized bed, a table with some chairs, a bathroom in the hallway, and we got to shower between 10:00 and 12:00 in other people’s rooms who weren’t there – what a deal! The hotel was in an amazing location, just a few blocks from the Charles Bridge.

Both Friday and Saturday, we explored the city after doing workouts in different parks. When we went on our cool down jog after our workout on Saturday morning, we left our water bottle and Melissa’s soccer ball under a tree within view – it seemed like a pretty safe park, and we didn’t really leave anything too valuable. But on our second lap I noticed a homeless lady sitting by our stuff, and then I noticed her putting it into her bag. So I informed Melissa, and she ran over and said, “Excuse me, I’m sorry, but that’s ours!” And we ran away and decided we were done with our workout. The lady was not too thrilled to give back our stuff, but thankfully she did with just a few angry words that, probably lucky for us, we didn’t understand.

We covered what felt like the entire city of Prague by foot over those two days. We didn’t use any public transportation – our original reason was to save money on the tickets, but it turned out to be a great way to see the city. One thing that struck me about Prague was the number of tourists – it was difficult to tell who was Czech and who was from simply a different country because there were so many different languages being spoken.

My favorite location was probably the St. Vitus Cathedral. This cathedral was huge, and provided an incredible view of the city (whose architecture from that height is really cool). We walked about 280 stairs to reach the top, but the view was completely worth it. The picture above is from the top of the cathedral.

Sunday morning, Melissa and I left for the bus station early so we could get tickets. When we got there, they informed us that there was only one ticket left for the entire day. After a brief moment of panic, we tried another bus service which fortunately had two tickets left. Needless to say we felt very relieved to get on the bus home that day.

So, I had a really good time in Prague – we got to see a lot of the city, try its authentic ham (as seen in the video!), and observe people from all over the world!