Blogs from Prague, Czech Republic, Europe - page 6


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

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town June 19th 2014

I didn't end up going to the jazz thing last night, one bulging disk in my neck makes for a nasty headache and I am not a fan of jazz anything... If you ever want a serene and surreal experience go and take a wander around a cemetery, now before you start with "that's so weird" stuff think about it. There is a cemetery literally across the road from my hotel. It's been there since the early 1800's and is full of history, I went wandering around there yesterday with no real intention other then to respect the dead. There were also some famous and well known people buried there such as Jan Palach who was a student during the protests against the pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 who set himself on fire on Wenceslas ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Zizkov June 17th 2014

For the last 2 days in Old Town every hour there is this chiming of bells, sometimes every half hour as well. Today during our photojournalism tutorial we were standing outside the clock when I noticed a lot (and I mean it got really crowded, really quickly) of people gathering around, then started the bells. I looked up and watched as the doors of the clock tower opened and statues of saints started to rotate. Every tourist within a mile stopped to watch it, the locals know the clock as Prazsky Orloj but I have come to know it as the Saints Clock. Today we took a tour of one of the main newspapers of the Czech Republic, Hospodarske Noviny. To cut a long story short it was awkward and whilst we were meant to spend ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town June 16th 2014

My favourite part of the day is rapidly becoming the evenings where I come back to my hotel room, put my pyjamas on and write this blog. No matter how much I travel I will always be a home body and never a party girl. Whilst on this trip I have crossed boundaries and comfort zones I never would have dreamed I would have crossed some things remain exactly the same. My goodness, the world of journalism still never ceases to amaze me. I knew this course would make or break my love for reporting and writing but I never expected it to happen so soon. As I mentioned earlier and for those who read my article in City News I have had a love of writing and reporting since I was a teenager and set ... read more

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