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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town July 11th 2014

I've mentioned my dad a lot in my blog posts, I think it's because of the trip to Prague he took and I think after nearly 4 years I realised he is never coming back. And I have accepted this. I know how incredibly proud he would be of mum and I and of me on this trip but it doesn't change the fact that as of late I have wanted him back. Not the way he was before his heart attack or even during the time mum was sick but the way he was in the months leading up to my 17th birthday and before I got my license. He would pick me up on a Wednesday out the front of my college with a battered sav or fish cocktails or a scallop or something ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Zizkov July 10th 2014

Been a little slack with the posts but up until today I haven't had much to write about, except lounging in my hotel room and reliving the wonders of David Eddings books. My goal at the beginning of 2013 was to say "yes" to every opportunity or dare that someone threw at me, my only condition being that as long as it didn't involve doing something decidedly stupid like "hey, let's go look for Redback spiders in your shed at night" then I was all for it so when I was offered an internship at the Canberra Times I took it, when I was asked to publish an article for the Isaacs Law Society Summons magazine, I took it and so on. I always seem to have walked away from something when things got too hard ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague July 9th 2014

When we heard there was a church just outside of Prague called the Church of Bones we all agreed that we needed to see this on our way to Vienna. The village of Kutna Hora is home to a small roman catholic chapel called the Sedlec Ossuary aka the Church of Bones. In this church there are approx 40,000 to 70,000 human skeletons, in the centre of the church there is a chandelier made out of one of every bone in the human body. There is also a coat of arms made solely out of arm bones. There are literally thousands of human skulls and bones everywhere. It was with a small (read large) amount of trepidation that I entered the chapel, however it was not as macabre as I had imagined it to be, the ... read more
Skulls and bones
Coat of Arms
Cobblestones outside the Hofbrauhaus

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Zizkov July 9th 2014

I love catching people out in a lie, it's one of those sick satisfying things I secretly enjoy and today I caught a big one. I've been playing cat and mouse games with two companies for the last three weeks now, I came back from Berlin early to interview someone in Brno (the Czech Republics second largest city) who then said they couldn't make the interview. I politely told them that I had come back a day early and this had been organised weeks in advance so if there is another time it would be appreciated, after several emails and phone calls I officially started the cat and mouse games. Both with this lady and her colleagues, this morning I received an email from one of the tutors saying to me he had gotten in contact ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague July 7th 2014

We left Germany behind and headed toward a little village in the Czech Republic called Cesky Krumlov. It felt like we had stepped back in time, cobblestone streets, quaint little shops, old bridges, churches and a castle complete with three very large and very real bears! Cesky Krumlov is a UNESCO World Heritage listed site, construction of the town and castle began in the late 13th's very old and I would most definitely recommend visiting this gorgeous and charming town. The Czech Republic is home to Bohemian Crystal glass and I am hoping that my purchase of glasses and a vase make it home in one piece. Our next stop was the beautiful, historic city of Praha (Prague). On our first day we did a free three hour walking tour of the city, we saw ... read more
Bears at the Cesky castle
Meeting our tour guide Tijo
Old town entertainment

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague July 6th 2014

Så vi kom til Dresden kl 10 og låste inn sekkene våre i et skap. Vi spiste frokost nr.2. Den første var på toget fordi jeg sovnet og trodde klokken var mer en den var, så da tvingte jeg oss til å spise frokost, en etterhvert oppdaget Synnøve at jeg hadde tatt feil av tiden. Etter den andre frokosten gikk vi som vanlig på sightseeing. Dresden har en slik rolig og avslappet atmosfære, selv om det er overfylt av turister. Det var akkurat det vi trengte ettersom vi fremdeles var trøtte etter togturen. Vi sovnet til og med i en park, i solen. Og jeg er blitt solbrent på skuldrene, der sekken skal være..... Lovely! Elven Elbe er en halv inntørket elv som deler den nye og gamle delen av Dresden. På toget til Praha møtte ... read more
I Dresden
I Praha

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague July 5th 2014

After over 24 hours of flying, we all arrived in Munich about lunchtime on 1 July. We quickly dropped off our bags and set off to see the sites that were recommended by some of the Emirates flight crew. Our first stop was the Marrianplatz, the tourist and shopping area of Munich. We were all keen to stretch our legs and get some fresh air, so we walked and walked and made our way to the English Garten, which is a little like Central Park in New York, very green and picturesque. The local Munchens surf in the river that runs through the park, the river isn't that big or wide! We were told we may see some nudists there too! We old guy of about 70, not what I was expecting at all. In ... read more
The river in the English Garten
Drinking with the Emirates hosties

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Zizkov July 4th 2014

I've been a little slack on the blogging, I'd love to say it's because my days are full of adventures but really it's because I have been relatively lazy, plus I had an interview last night which was supposed to go for an hour but ended up going for 4.Let me start on my trip back from Germany.I interviewed Dirk and Sabine on the Wednesday before I left and asked them what it was like living in the former West when the wall was up. Sabine gave me a lot of information and some fascinating facts which again contradicted what I had been reading about in museums particularly about the Stasi. Dirk would often chime in with a comment here ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Malá Strana June 28th 2014

Prague is the first stop on our trip to Europe. There is no greater pleasure than travelling with the illustrious Lizzie Carrington. The journey went pretty much without a hitch apart from a bit of confusion vis a vis the bus to the city centre. I, of course, fell asleep on the plane with my mouth open. Lizzie, thankfully, did not take pictures. On Friday morning, after a complimentary breakfast at the hostel, we took a walk along the river Vltava and over the famous Charles Bridge, stopping of course for several photo sessions. I was not thrilled when the walk up to the castle consisted of a massive hill, but being a true Bathonian I took it in my stride. We got to the top and took several pictures and admired what we thought was ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Zizkov June 20th 2014

I'm not the biggest fan of soccer by any stretch but it seems to be all the rage over here, everywhere I go there are people talking about and I have found myself vaguely following along with who wins and loses. Today we had a multimedia class and admittedly I found it overly boring, apart from the short documentaries we watched to have a look at the graphics and what not there really wasn't anything to write about. I met two interns from TOL who are around my age and have as wicked sense of humour as I do. We all went to a pub/ lunch place and I had my first traditional Czech meal and beer which while I totally am regretting it at the moment it really was amazing to drink. Lunch was a ... read more

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