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Prague – The city where beer is cheaper than water

I went to Prague with Minna last week.

I flew from Bristol with Brussels Airlines and had a stopover in Brussels on the way there and back. Minna flew straight from Finland and we met at the airport. My fear of flying came back momentarily on the first flight as it was in a tiny propeller airplane that made very strange noises… but I survived.

We stayed at an Airbnb (this one ) and it was actually my first time ever staying at an Airbnb abroad. The place was small but really cute and very convenient location about 15 min walk from the old town. The owner actually came to bring us the keys on the night we arrived and left a map of the area as well. And we paid about 110 euros each for 4 nights. I’ll definitely be staying in more airbnbs now.

Timewise I think 3 full days + the Wednesday night was enough time to explore but of course you could do much more and visit other places too.

Foodwise it was good but very meat focused. Even though I’m not vegetarian I also don’t eat much meat and all menus were very meat heavy. I did try beef goulash and that was actually not bad. And it came in a bread bowl!

When it comes to eating out in Prague it’s not that cheap as you’d think if you stay within the old town area where all the tourists are. For example the place where our airbnb was had loads of restaurants around it and they were third of the price but actually better food.

Cauliflower pancakes

Also, we had to try the Choco Cafe by Bethlehem Square as anyone who knows me knows I’m obsessed with chocolate. Apparently you should book but we just walked in and got a table. This place was such a disappointment and I actually never finished my hot chocolate. It was just way too sweet to the point where every sip tasted gross. Maybe it was the particular hot chocolate I ordered (I ordered one with milk chocolate) or maybe I just only like chocolate in its normal chocolate form rather than in a drink 🙂 Worth going if you like sickly sweet chocolate drinks.

Drinkswise the saying “beer is cheaper than water” is true. For some reason they don’t want to give you tap water in many places so you have to pay for the still water. Still water was roughly 55 korunas where beer was 45. Because I’m not a huge beer drinker I drank mostly white wine and I tried a lot of local Czech wines which were actually really nice!

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Highlights:

-This Trdelnik thing was so nice – especially with nutella!

-Loads of nice parks – my favourite view was from the Vitkov Park and Petrin Hill (we didn’t climb up the tower because we are both scared of heights :D)

Vitkov Park

-Just the whole cobbled streets, architecture and old city feel. I love eastern European cities.

Lowlights:

It was cold! Haha. Not Prague’s fault but if I visit again I would go in the summer. They had loads of lovely looking bars and restaurants by the river so I imagine it’s really picturesque to sit there in the summer time.

I think some of the views would have been even nicer if it hadn’t been so foggy. Overall though 10/10 for a travel destination and would strongly recommend to everyone!

(Most photos thanks to Minna and her camera!)

 

Adios Prague! Where next? 🙂

 

My Bucket List

Happy Saturday everyone!

I once saw someone post about a bucket list and it made me realise I have never actually written one I could use to cross off things as I go along. So here it is, my bucket list currently.

In no particular order:

-Run an ultra marathon (but for some reason I want it to be exactly 100km not shorter not longer)

-Climb up Kilimanjaro

-A lot of marathon related goals such as run the original Athens Marathon and all the marathon majors

-See Macchu Picchu

-Dance tango in a Spanish speaking country (I’m thinking Buenos Aires)

-Run in Central Park, New York

-See a show on Broadway

-Live in at least one other country

-Write a book

-Do an Ironman

-Swim in all of the 7 seas (5 down, 2 to go)

-Walk up the great wall of China

-Win an Oscar (I know I should probably become an actress first)

I wish mine also included “cool” things such as hot air balloon rides or skydives but there is absolutely no way! I am terrified of heights 😀

I also think it’s important to sometimes stop and look at things you have already accomplished in order to be grateful. So below are some of the things that used to be on my bucket list and I have already done:

These include:

-Travel to Australia (little did I know I would be staying 21 months)

-Volunteer in Africa

-Travel to Venice

-Live in Spain

-Run a marathon

-Study in an English speaking country

-See Barcelona play in Camp Nou

-Visit Lake Garda

-See Eiffel Tower

What’s on your bucket list? 🙂

In Bruges (It’s in Belgium)

Hi all,

and sorry for the silence! This blog has become very quiet but one day I will pick it up again and start writing more frequently (I promise).

However, for now, I just wanted to share few pictures and thoughts from our trip to Bruges.

A lot of people asked me why Belgium when I told them I was going there for the long weekend. My main reason? The film In Bruges. Anyone who has seen it will hopefully understand why I had the temptation to see it myself.

Me and JP flew to Brussels and spent a day there as I thought we may as well see the capital while there. Brussels was… not sure how to describe it. It was just like any other European city with nothing that really jumped at me. The EU buildings looked big and gave the city a “businessy” look but few streets down there was a lot of obvious poverty and dirt etc. It was very strange.

I actually preferred the areas out of the city centre as it almost looked like Italy or Spain with its narrow streets, sunshine, and people drinking beer on the little corner cafes with clothes hanging on balconies. The cool thing was that lots was going on in the centre as well, in the couple of hours there I saw a really good Dutch man singing on the street, and two women dancing off a building (yes I mean off the building). They were hanging from two strings that were on the roof of the building and they were dancing on the wall. It was incredible!

Anyway, following day we went to Bruges which is about 1 hour away from Brussels. It was extremely busy and full of tourists – a lot of Japanese and Chinese tourists – which I found interesting. So Bruges must be famous outside of the film too.

My first thoughts were “this is so pretty and everything looks like a fairytale” (for anyone who has seen the film :D). However, after about few hours I had seen enough bridges and canals and I realised there really isn’t anything to do there. I slowly started to realise why in the film they call Bruges “a shithole”. I mean it wasn’t, it was very beautiful but after you’ve walked around for few hours you kind of feel like you have seen it all. Food was okay but nothing special (my favourite was pancakes)

Chocolates are usually my thing but they were very expensive as that’s what they are famous for. And Belgian beer, well after trying 3 different ones I established I’m not much of a beer drinker anymore haha!

JP not impressed after having to queue over an hour to the Bell tower 😀

Overall, it’s a lovely little city but it really can be seen in one day, we spent 2 days and I don’t think I could’ve stayed any longer. It has a lot of churches and other bits you can visit but maybe I’m not cultural enough to appreciate it all. I would love to hear thoughts from other people who have been. Am I just being too critical about it or is it actually a bit boring? 🙂

Would I recommend it? I’m not sure. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked our trip there but I don’t feel like I need to go again. Usually when I leave a place I like I can’t wait to return so I guess the fact I don’t think I’ll ever go to Belgium again says it all.

P.S. In Brussels we stayed at the Radisson Red hotel. If you ever find yourself in Brussels I would highly recommend it.