So first I checked the train timetables on the internet leave at 7pm arrive at 9.30am. SO get there at 6pl but find out that it doesn’t leave until 10pm. A bit annoyed because could have gone out for tea with people from the night before but not too bad found a cool noodle bar and had another walk around town. So this train ride is OK, as good as it can be for an over-nighter, supposed to change trains at 7am in Frankfurt and it gets to about 6.50 and I’m hoping we are getting close. But no, train keeps randomly stopping, its around 7.30am in some place called Wurzburg and we have been stopped for the last 20mins when they tell us all to get off the train and another one is going to Frankfurt. So stumble sleepily off the first train and bump into this American guy who I meet in the thermal baths in Budapest, he lives in Amsterdam so we both jumped on this super flash high speed train going to Frankfurt. We workout that iff we don’t get off at Frankfurt we can get off at another place further on and make a 11am connection to Amsterdam. Perfect. Until the conductor tells me that being a high speed train I have to pay 21 euros to go any further the Frankfurt, 21 euros!!!! What’s the point in having a rail pass….so I refuse to pay and decide to get off at Frankfurt and try get a normal train from there. Say goodbye to my American friend who stays on the train and find information. “Quick, jump on this train to the other Frankfurt station and there’s a train leaving at 9am to Amsterdam, you should just make it” great, apart from the first train was late and I miss the Amsterdam one by about 3 mins. So back to information and he prints off a list of 5 trains I have to get to get there by 3….great so it will be a train tour of Germany. Right so I get on the first train, it’s a high speed one again and the conductor tells me I have to pay a surcharge…surely it cant be that much, but its 21 euros again!!!! Have to pay it so really could have stayed on the first train! So this train is late which means I miss the next connection. By this time I’m pretty pissed off as every train I’ve taken has been late! And haven’t slept properly for about 2 days now. I go and start half yelling half almost crying at the ticket lady about useless trains and paying surcharges. I think she felt sorry for me because I obviously looked awful so she said I could wait 4 hours and get a direct high speed train to Amsterdam and she’d exempt me from the surcharge…so that worked out OK, still had 4 hours to kill in Cologne so checked out a cool church and just mucked around. Finally arrived in Amsterdam at 5pm…22 hours after my original plan of leaving Prague at 7pm…worst journey ever, who ever said German trains were efficient?
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Thanks to the train system giving me a whole 3 minutes to switch trains and the first train being 30 mins late I was forced to spend a few hours in a strange little town called Cesky Buda…..something. Thinking I could have stumbled upon an undiscovered town I went for a bit of a walk….I was wrong. Sometimes there’s a reason why you haven’t heard of somewhere. Well I finally arrived in Cesky Krumlov which is a couple of hours south west of Prague. Ended up at this amazing hostel. Only a few rooms and more like a big fun house than a hostel, really cool people working and a nice homely atmosphere. Ended up catching up with the boys after dinner where the entire hostel, including the staff come out. Another massive meal, good conversation, a crazy old Texan that sounded like a movie character. Krumlov really is like a little fairytale village, small streets cute little shops, a castle with a moat and real live grizzly bears living in it. Went to a pretty crazy bar that was ‘the horror bar’ skeletons, gothic waitresses, spider webs…all a bit weird!
Good to see the guys again and stayed up far to late at the hostel playing games, guitars and talking rubbish with them. Always cool to meet quality people that your able to spend a bit of time with! We were sad to see Sweet Chilly off the next day as he continues on to Germany. Me and Cameron both had another night and walked around the castle for a bit during the day, it really is a beautiful place, Particularly at this time of the year all the leaves that matched the colours of the houses, really really amazing, if I haven’t said that enough! I liked it much better than Prague, not so many tourists and a cool vibe to it. Would love to come back and hang out for a decent amount of time. The chick from the hostel even cooked us all apple strudel in the afternoon, I love this hostel! Another whole hostel dinner trip, another massive meal and a fun evening at the gypsy bar with a really cool live gypsy band playing the coolest music and all these crazy ladies dancing in this tiny bar tucked away down another cobblestone street. I love this place!
The next morning I cooked up a whole lot of French toast then managed to somehow lose my key (and key deposit along with it) leave my towel and all our food for the trip home there…..not such a good morning! Caught the bus back into Prague as decided it was a bit easier than risk the trains again, so got back into Prague around 4 to see all these people from the Krumlov house the night before at our hostel! Isn’t it weird how you can be in Europe traveling across countries and still manage to bump into people you know (well know in a traveling sense of the word that is!)
The weekend happened to be daylight savings- awesome-makes coming home at 6am all that better when you get an extra hours sleep! Saturday night in Prague, yes we did see a few stag/hen parties wandering the streets looking stupid….I promise myself that I will never do that, attend one or otherwise that involves going to a random European city dressed like an idiot. Had an amazing meal at the restaurant by our hostel again (the whole amazing meal thing really has been a trend since Krakow). Meet up with Krumlov girl and guys and had a walk around the Prague castle in the evening, pretty flippin amazing with all the lights, as cynical as I’m getting about church/castle type things, but this really was cool. After a futile search for a jazz bar we ended up at a few random places drinking strange drinks that you light on fire and too many things involving absinthe, the strongest of all alcohols.
Searched out the 5 story ‘biggest club in Europe’ which predictably turned out to be overpriced and overcommercialised. Still a very fun night and fantastic having an extra hour to sleep in and good to see the Prague street empty for once, was pretty cool to be almost the only ones on the Charles bridge normally choc full of people. So my last day in Prague, had checked out so nowhere to sleep which I probably would have done if I had a bed. Instead walked around the old town a bit more, got caught in the rain but found a cool exhibition of aerial shots from all over the world. Quite a few from India which made me excited, less than a week!
So I said goodbye to Cameron and went off to the train station in an attempt to get on the overnight train to Amsterdam, turned out to be the worst journey ever and deserved its only special entry.