Wow, after successfully making it to Prague, and my hostel within; my biggest challenge directly facing me is this keyboard. For example, it took me about 2 minutes to figure out how to make the semicolon after within. And that within would have quotation marks if only I could figure that out too…
So anyway, back to the start – this morning was tense, I wont lie and after stalling at the cafe before even the departure lounge, it became clear that I really shouldn§t stall any longer. With big hugs from the family I wandered off. I did the obligatory mooch through all the shops and made my way to the gate, then the plane. The door slammed shut and that was it. No turning back.
Fortunately I occupied myself with my etch-a-sketch so the flight was rather fun.
The airport was pleasantly labelled in English. I snickered at the misspelling of umbrela. Righto. I need directions on how to not spend my month stuck in Prague airport. Printed instructions sent me to the bus. I had to go back, buy a ridiculously priced bottled water and buy a ticket with the change. I got off at the end of the route and found the tram (via 5 minutes accidentally meandering around the metro platform). Excellent detective work told me I was on the wrong side and I managed to make my way onto the correct tram. At this point I`m convinced that if I make it to the hostel it`ll be a bloody miracle.
Seems miracles are in order because here I am. Once I`d been given my massive set of keys and a list of instructions that required a crystal maze team to remember it I got into the room, yoinked a bed and thought. Now what?
I decide to go for a stroll, head up hill and wham! Beautiful view across the city. Naturally, I got drawing. And drawing. And drawing. And felt better for it. Now I`ve had a good ol` night time wander I know a couple places I want to revisit with my camera and full pencil case (like the astronomical clock). Although I don`t know how much drawing of buildings I can do with the impending thunderstorm that is due tomorrow…
Little things I`ve noticed – I saw some free dog poo bags with a picture of a really sad dog looking very ashamed. Poor sad ashamed dog. A club called `disco duck`. Souvineer shops stay open really late (my meanderings were about 11pm) and try and entice you in with club music. I was almost enticed with the one playing gypsy music but thought I might get harassed into buying something. Everywhere is beautiful. I`ve only just noticed that there are birds in the computer room. That`s a cute touch. Everywhere is cobbled, high heels are not welcome. There are puppet shops with suspended characters mid dance. I got a lot of weird looks from people as I tried to draw an obscure view of Tyn Church. I`m dead chuffed that `hello` in Czech is pronounced `ahoy`.
So next challenge of the moment is to try and quietly pick my way though a pitch black room of sleeping people and try and get to bed. Wish me luck.