Happy Sunday, and happy Father’s Day! To celebrate, here is my final instalment of my time in the gorgeous city of Prague, Czech Republic. (Never fear, there are many more adventures to come!)
I left off last time with our group reunion and exploration of the castle grounds and the cathedral. After this, we descended the hill, consulted our very helpful map, and set off for a late lunch. Along the way we crossed over the Charles Bridge which was also just as wonderful the second time. Lunch was at a fun little place called Atmoška, or Atmosphere. The food was absolutely delicious, if perhaps not the healthiest, and quite inexpensive. Five of the eight in the group decided to order/split plátky or čízy, which is 500g of sliced, fried potatoes with either garlic, chilli, and horseradish sauce or cheese sauce (for 90 crowns per order, which is about $4.50!). We all helped eat them, which means that between eight of us we ate 2.5 kilograms of potatoes. I got pinďa vegoš–baguette toasted with cheese and herbs with a side of Ratatouille–and someone else got a pasta dish. But we basically feasted on potatoes. And they were delicious.
Following lunch, the group headed to the main square to see the astronomical clock and peruse all of the craft and food stalls set up. There was live music, dancing, and tons of people! [I may or may not have been involved in some dancing…] We all wandered around at our own pace and Sarah and I set off to find pretty and/or yummy things. At one point we turned and saw another mutual friend from St. Andrews (not with our group), so we chatted with her for a few minutes. Not even a minute after seeing her, I heard someone call my full name: I turned around to see an old classmate from high school! She studied abroad in Prague the previous year and was visiting her boyfriend during her spring break. I love moments like that that make you realise how small the world is. Scott told us all later that he spent twenty minutes walking around the square trying to find any of the seven of us and couldn’t. Yet I saw two people I knew in the course of two minutes. It’s funny how things work out sometimes.
Sarah and I continued our rounds, sampling some delicious food and drinks and finding some beautiful jewellery and accessories. We came across this stall where a lovely gentleman was selling hand-carved and -painted clocks and spent about 20 minutes talking to him. He was from Bulgaria but had lived all over Europe and spoke at least 9 languages, mostly Eastern European ones. He was delighted to discover that I spoke Spanish, and we chatted away while Sarah and I looked at the clocks (I ended up buying one for my little brother). We then made our way to the astronomical clock to meet back up with the rest of the group and see it strike the hour. The clock is really neat! It has tons of numbers and symbols all over the place, most of which I don’t understand. At each hour it chimes and the twelve apostles come out two by two to acknowledge the crowd.
Unfortunately, it was then time to make our way to the train station to head home to Herrnhut (Germany) for the night. We spent the ride practising useful German phrases, none of which I remember any more, and laughing at our attempts at correct pronunciation.
I have so many more stories to share with you about my holiday travels! I spent over a week in Germany and cannot wait to tell you about all of the fun I had there. And, just in case there was any doubt in your mind, I have plenty of photos to share as well! I cannot find the words to express how incredible this experience was. I am so blessed that I was able to travel with friends and also to meet so many interesting and kind people along the way. Until next time… God bless and keep you! xx