Prague: Arrival

20 December 2012
11:27 PM
Prague, Czech Republic

My Dear Piece of Home,

I’m not sure you’ll recognize me when I return.

Considering my rate of food consumption on our trip, I will likely at least double in size–even after taking all the walking and touring into account.

We arrived in Prague this afternoon after a five hour bus drive. None of us remember much of it since we knocked out one by one.

After our arrival, we first checked into our accommodation at 1.Republic Hotel. At first the hotel seems a bit eerie because the lights are dim and automatic (probably to save power). But the staff are friendly, the rooms new and clean. For once it was nice to stay in a spacious hotel room. We can leave our stuff out as we please without having to worry about another hostel roommate stealing our things. At the end of our day, we sat together on my bed, celebrating the free wifi IN our rooms by watching the last episode of Gossip Girl together.

We spent the evening getting acquainted with Prague for the first time. We walked down the main street sloping downhill from the National Museum building and snacked on more Christmas market fare.

Chimney bread baking over a fire.

Chimney bread baking over a fire.

And the Christmas markets continue... in front of the Prague National Museum.

And the Christmas markets continue… in front of the Prague National Museum.

The main street jazzed for Christmas.

The main street jazzed for Christmas.

For dinner, we celebrated AK’s 21st birthday at a traditional Czech restaurant, recommended by our hotel. The table of 8 girls ordered a tall cylinder of pale draft beer and clinked our glasses, screaming “Happy Birthday!!!” Starving, I gobbled down my pork, saeur kraut and dumplings, proceeding to finish the dumplings and saeur kraut of my friends. After dinner, on the way back to the hotel, we stocked up on chocolates (mostly of the Kinder brand) and snacks. Back at the hotel, we enjoyed our spacious room and hung out together on my bed.

Pivovarsky Dum.

Serving traditional Czech cuisine: Pivovarsky Dum.

The beer carafe, which extended upwards and contained about the equivalent of 12 mugs of beer.

The beer carafe, which extended upwards and contained about the equivalent of 12 mugs of beer.

Czech cuisine: roast pork with bohemian dumplings and sauer kraut.

Czech cuisine: roast pork with bohemian dumplings and sauer kraut.

In other news, I finally finished and submitted a summer internship application earlier tonight. So my work is done for now–time now to focus my attention on relaxing and enjoying this trip!

Good Night and Good Luck,

JJS

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