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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
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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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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Zizkov June 15th 2014

Just down the road from my hotel is a cemetery and I swear one of the inhabitants has decided my room is the way to go when it comes to messing with things. Namely the toilet seat... I am always griping at Joe and any male (or female for that matter) that comes over to my house and leaves the toilet seat up, it's one of my pet peeves but this ghost has taken it upon his or herself to play with it... It's very unnerving. I went exploring today, there is a mall right around the corner from my hotel which is around the size of Belconnen Mall. It's not huge but it made for some interesting adventures. Everyone I came across who asked me if they could help seemed to think I was American ... read more
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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Zizkov June 14th 2014

So I said good-bye to my beautiful want to be country town of Canberra on Friday, I saw Joe off on Thursday and spent the evening with mum and on Wednesday was my mini bon voyage party. Despite everything, the tears, the good-byes and the hugs I still can't believe that I will be spending the next month here reporting. Anyone who knows me enough will know I generally loathe leaving home and whilst I love to travel I am also a stickler for money so despite what you may think I feel I have come a long way from the me I was at the start of the year. The 8 hour time difference is a pain in the rectum I will admit freely... I can almost guarantee at 12.00 tonight I will be wide ... read more
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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town June 10th 2014

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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague May 30th 2014

Je m'attendais à une ville touristique, et j'ai été servie. Malgré la foule et l'ambiance par moment d'apparence 'fausse', nos promenades sans attentes ont été agréables, particulièrement les environs du Monastère Strahov avec sa brasserie des moines (la vrai, non pas celle qui se fait subtilement passer pour..). Ville jolie soit, mais quelque peu trop touristique, propre et 'droite' à mon goût. Petit inside: quoi qu'il en soit, on donnerait pour sûre à notre B&B et à son propriétaire.. la note excellent.. ;)... read more
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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague May 23rd 2014

Amy's visit to Prague coincided with some excellent weather so we spent most of our time outdoors. That's not a bad idea at all as Prague is a beautiful city and lends itself perfectly to leisurely strolls, stops for ice-cream and coffees and lazing in parks. Oh, and there are some nice playgrounds too... With the beautiful weather we decided that a fun morning excursion would be to take a pedalo out onto the Vltava river. This turned out to be a lot of fun and Amy enjoyed being on the water. We took it in turns to do the pedalling - and to hold on to Amy! - and took in some great views of the Charles Bridge in the sunshine. Next up was Prague's beautiful Old Town. Our apartment was in a perfect position ... read more
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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town May 12th 2014

Phase 4 The first version of this was probably funnier and longer but when I saved it, it just went off into some internet cloud and has not been viewed again no matter how desperately I tried. One hour lost. Friday May 9th Up early for a quick breakfast in the room, bus to the train and after a quick cappuccino caught the 10:18 to Linz. Found the bus stop after a couple of times passing it by. We were looking for a bus depot but it was a bus pole. A very nice restaurant called Niu was nearby so we set up camp on their second floor to keep an eye on the post and enjoy a slow lunch. The chef personally came out to explain the menu to us and was pleasantly surprised to ... read more
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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town May 12th 2014

Saturday 10th May 2014 After a bit of a hassle with the front desk of the hotel regarding the rate we should pay, (luckily we had the email from the boss showing the charge) we set off to Paris in the pouring rain. This didn't let up for the nearly 100km drive, Rags being very diligent in his driving, especially so for the last 20kms or so where the traffic and the constant changing of lanes on the freeway kept him on his toes. With a sigh of relief he handed over the keys to the Budget employee, no marks on the car and everything as it should be! We had stacks of time at the airport and settled in with a coffee at Starbucks, eating the macarons we had been given as a farewell ... read more
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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town May 5th 2014

Mom and Leigh came to visit! I love family in Europe. Take note, people. Visit me in this place. We had a long weekend in May for labor day. Labor day is May 1st, which was a Thursday, so they gave us Friday off too. Thanks, Hungary! Mom and Leigh flew into Prague on Wednesday morning, and I took a 7 hour train right after school. On the train I graded lots of tests and read the entirety of The Fault In Our Stars. It's really an experience to be SOBBING to yourself on a very public train and having the ticket inspector walk over. I got to the train station around 11:00, and a guy from the inn picked me up (luxury!!). When I got to the inn/hotel/flat/whatever it was, Mom greeted me and Leigh ... read more
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