Category Archives: Europe 2008

Berlin

We started the day quite early so we would be in the city in time for our Third Reich walking tour. Unfortunately it was a wet day which put a bit of a ‘dampener’ on the tour, but still it was interesting and a good way to see some of the city.

We started with the Holocaust Memorial where the guide explained some interpretations of the monument, then we moved on to the site where Hitler’s bunker had been located. Unfortunately all that remains is an information sign on the edge of a carpark between some buildings. After the war they tried to blow up the bunker, but didn’t succeed because it was so strongly built. Then more recently someone wanted to develop apartments on the ground above, but needed to remove the bunker to lay the foundations. They dug it up, and removed the first layer of cement. After a lot of effort, they decided it was too much hassle to destroy so gave up (they ended up building the apartments on the opposite block). So, a half destroyed bunker still remains underneith, but I guess there’s nothing to walk through anymore so we couldn’t. It was interesting hearing about how the bunker was used as an office by Hitler and other military officials during the last few days of the war. We were told that the water table in Berlin in quite high, so pumps had to constantly remove water to keep the bunker dry. The conditions would’ve been terrible, particularly given so many extra people would have been down there (and it wasn’t decided for living in 24/7). It was also at that site that Hitler and his wife (whom he married the day before) committed suicide, and their bodies were burned by soldiers. Apparently there’s a piece of his skull on display in Russia, but our guide was somewhat doubtful as to its legitimacy.

We went past the current government offices, which were built during Hitler’s time. It was one of the few buildings not destroyed during bombing. It was quite an intimidating building, with high windows, sharp square pillars and corners and large, plain grey stones. It was built that way to help show the civilians the power and authority of the government.

We stopped into the museum for a warm up coffee (it was quite a chilly day – probably one of the coldest we had on the trip), then wandered through the Topography of Terror where the headquarters of the National Socialist SS and police had been located. The foundations of the buildings actually remain, and along the strip of brick walls are posters and information detailing important dates during Hitler’s time in Berlin. The information was presented in German, although there was a smaller English translation below. It was strange seeing English as the secondary language, because at home any tourist information is (obviously) in English, but another language might be present as a translation.

As we walked through the city we crossed a thin paved strip in the road. Throughout the city, two lines of bricks have been laid down where the Berlin wall used to stand – quite a clever way to remember the structure. Our guided tour ended at Check-point Charlie which was one of the key crossings from East Berlin to West. It was here that Russian and US tanks came to a stand off, and was also the site of a number of amusing illegal border crossing stories (There was one guy who apparently drove under the boom gate in the lowest convertible he could find. A few weeks later someone else crossed using the same method, after which the East lowered the height of the boom gate so it couldn’t happen again.) Once someone had crossed from East to West Berlin they were able to safely travel to West Germany.

It was interesting throughout the day noticing the difference between the buildings on the East and West of the city. The (previously) communist East were much more rigid buildings, with very little decoration – basically they were buildings built for a function. On the West the buildings were slightly more elaborate.

Bud, Jess and I went for some lunch after the tour, then Bud and I wandered the city for a little while. We checked out the main strip where we found some very cool traffic light man t-shirts (the whole shop was dedicated to the little guy with his hat – t-shirts, pants, shoes, pens, books, key rings, stickers, etc etc).

We met up with Aaron, after which Bud went back to the hostel for a nap, while Aaron and I wandered through the park and back to Check-point Charlie where we met up with a couple of others who were waiting for the bus back to the hostel.

That night a pub crawl had been organised. We were all given David Hasselhoff t-shirts (apparently the Germans love him…which was proven on our way back to the hostel when the lady we were buying hotdogs from got very excited at the sight of my t-shirt). We visited three bars, all with a slightly different style. They were all nice places, with couches and a good atmosphere to sit and talk. We ended at a night club which was pretty much like a club at home. One difference, though, was that they charged an extra 50c for drinks as a deposit for the glass or bottle. Then, when you returned the glass or bottle, they gave you back the 50c. A clever way to keep the bar tidy without having to send people around to collect glasses, but also a nice way to make some extra money since, especially if you’re not going back for another drink, returning your glass can be a bit of a hassle.

Well, that was the end of the day, and we headed back to the hostel way too late given that our bus out of town was 7:30 the next morning. Overall, Berlin was a nice city, and reminded me a bit of Melbourne. It was one of the newer cities we visited, since most buildings had to be either rebuilt or undergo heavy repairs after the war. So although there was a lot of history in the city, there were less buildings showing the history as a lot of them were destroyed.

Monday in London

I’ve decided to skip to now since it’s fresh in my mind, then I’ll post about the last few places we visited later on.

So, today I wandered London with a few places in mind. It’s great sleeping in and not having to rush breakfast – thanks Amy and Lee for having me!

So, about 11 I headed into the city, wanting to visit St Paul’s cathedral. It’s right next to a tube station so wasn’t hard to find. I took a few photos out the front, and was heading to the entrace when some officials came out and told everyone to get off the steps. I thought that maybe they just didn’t like people on the steps and wanted to keep it clear, but once everyone was off the steps they wanted everyone back on the street. A few minutes later a police car turned up and they moved us all to the other side of the street, then put up police tape and started to clear the whole area! I don’t know what was going on, but there was no hope of getting inside so I decided to find my next destination.

I’d been looking in the Lonely Planet guide book on the train and had planned out my day, but the map was a bit confusing. Probably what was most confusing were the maps around the city – each one was oriented differently, depending on the direction of the sign. So at one stop St Paul’s was below where I was, then at the next sign it would be above! So lunch was going to be near the Guild Hall (where there’s a burried Roman Colosseum) but I got a bit lost and ended up at the London museum. Entry was free, and it was an interesting stop. There was info about ‘London before London’ which wasn’t so exciting, but the Great Fire and Black Plague displays were interesting. There was a short film showing how the fire started (a backery in Pudding Lane) and how quickly it spread. It burned for 5 days before they were able to get it under control! It was interesting later on as I continued my journey because there are a number of small parks scattered around the city, and quite a few of them had signs explaining they had been built on the site of a building destroyed during the fire. There would be occasional remains of original walls and things like that, particularly from churches.

I stopped in one of these parks to eat a salad from a nearby shop then pulled out my Lonely Planet book again hoping to find Guild Hall. I ended up making a wrong turn, and before I knew it could see the dome of St Paul’s. Since I was so close I figured I might as well try again, and there were no barriers up at all.

I headed inside and checked out the lower floor which seemed nice. It wasn’t until I’d moved further into the cathedral to under the dome that I realised how impressive it was. The dome was huge, and the decorations below very elegant. There are three levels to the dome, all of which can be accessed by stairs. So up I went! The first level is 257 steps up and is called the Whispering Gallery because if you stand on one side and talk to the side your voice carries all the way to the opposite side (I saw two people trying it out, and it really did work!) This level is inside the dome so you can look down on the cathedral. On my way back down from the top the choir was singing with the organist so I stopped for a bit on the look out to enjoy the music – it was amazing! Anyway, up another 119 steps and I was on the outside of the dome looking out over the city. The view was amazing, but I didn’t linger too long because you can go higher! Another 152 steps and I was at the top. The stairs were really narrow, and took a while because there’s limited space at the top so we had to wait until people had gone down again (fortunately there’s a second set of stairs to go down…) The view from the top was incredible. You could see the whole city. I went a bit crazy and took heaps of photos, and got someone to take a photo of me as well.

Under the cathedral is a crypt with tombs and memorials. It’s also the way out (via the shop and cafe!). I wandered through, but had had enough by then so didn’t spend much time there. I did stop for a coffee though (it did seem a bit wrong having a cafe down there though).

My plan for the day had been to visit Leadenhall Market where Diagon Alley was filmed in the Harry Potter films. But it closes at 5, so I’d realised there was no hope of getting there by then. Instead I thought I’d try for Guild Hall again. After getting a little lost again (ended up using the map on my phone – much better than upside down city maps!) I found it, but it was 4:35 and last entry was 4:30. I took a photo from the outside, but didn’t see the colosseum (not sure if I’ll get back, just depends where I end up I guess). Nearby was the Monument, a memorial for the Great Fire. I caught a train there only to find it buried under scaffold while they carry out restoration work (which is due to be complete some time next year!)

Near there is the Borough Market (apparently the Leaky Cauldron was filmed nearby). I found the market (fresh produce etc) but couldn’t find anything that looked much like the Leaky Cauldron. Another Harry stop was Australia House which was used for Gringotts. It was the inside used in the film (it’s the Australia Commission so you can’t just wander through as a tourist) but I wanted to see the outside anyway. It was a bit Gringotts-like, but not as tall or wonky…

After that I decided to call it a day. It was a hot day (about 28, and quite muggy) and I was exhausted. I hot, crowded tube ride later and I was back at Amy’s. Subway for tea, watching ‘Love Actually’ and then it was time for bed.

From Prague to Belin…

As usual for a driving day, it was another early wake up. Fortunately this trip was broken up with a stop at Dresden. It was Sunday, so not much was open, but we still had a nice walk through the palace and had time to find lunch. Having learnt from our visit to Bratislava we didn’t waste time finding somewhere to eat – just sat and ordered. It still took a while though, and we ended up taking our unfinished lunch back to the bus. From what we saw it was quite a pretty city, particularly the palace and surrounding gardens.

The drive for the rest of the day wasn’t very long. We ended up in Berlin by about 4pm. We drove around the city upon arrival, seeing the main sights. We stopped at the Berlin Wall and took a few photos. I had been expecting a huge, thick wall, but it was two rather thin concrete walls several metres apart. The wall used to be guarded by armed soldiers, so if anyone climbed it and tried to cross ‘no-mans land’ (which was gravelled so they would crunch) then the guards would shoot them. So that would’ve been enough to stop people crossing, without needing to build a huge thick wall.

We also visited the Holocaust memorial which is an unusual arrangement of concrete stones/pillars set out in a maze-like grid.

There is no official interpretation, but we were told by a guide the next day that one idea is that while it looks very ordered, if you go in with other people and split up, you’ll only find each other once you get out. He compared this to concentration camps, where families and friends would go in, but never find each other again.
At one of our stops I bumped into a girl from uni (what are the chances!) who is travelling around Europe for a few months by herself.
Our driving tour was cut short because there was some sort of armed-forces activity happening and they had closed of quiet a few streets. Our bus actually got barricaded into one area while were walking around.
The hostel was really nice. Another Wombats hostel (they ran the hostel in Vienna) and it was opened in February this year so it was still very clean and fresh. They have good facilities as well which is handy – definitely somewhere I’d choose to stay again.
We had dinner in a local restaurant, then went back to the hostel for a quite night (doing washing…). We bumped into a few people from the UK at the hostel and had a chat with them while we waited for our clothes to dry. Overall a pretty good day!

A day in Prague

Fortunately our day in Prague was a free day, which meant there was nothing planned by Topdeck. This was good because after the fire alarm a sleep-in was just what I needed! We had breakfast about 8:30 (not particularly late, but compared to 6:30 the day before that’s a huge sleep in!)

We caught a tram into the city (me, Natasha, Lizzy and Sarah), and joined a free walking tour to see the sights. It was free, but the idea is that you tip the guide at the end of the tour. We figured that way it would work out cheaper than a paid tour, and if it was really bad we could tip less, not tip at all, or leave and not have wasted our money! In the square where the tour began there was a festival happening, with groups from different nations playing their traditional music. Then they paraded through the city, and we crossed paths with them on and off throughout the morning. It was interesting seeing some of the strange dances, and they were all dressed in traditional clothes as well.

Anway, the tour started off ok (although it was a bit hard to hear over all the music…), but there ended up being a lot of standing and listening, and not heaps of walking. After about an hour and a half we slipped down a side street and lost the group. It was nice to learn about some of the history, but they were stopping at a lot of small places that weren’t particularly interesting and we didn’t want to waste our time.

So after the tour we found a restaurant to rest our feet and refuel. After lunch we split up to wander the shops – we all wanted to get different things so that worked out quite well. There were heaps of crafty shops, with hand made wooden toys, souvenirs and marrionettes. I walked into one of the marrionette shops and there just inside the door was a Harry Potter puppet! I couldn’t resist, so bought it – the marrionettes are really detailed and delicate. There are small ones, big ones, fancy ones and more simple ones. Very impressive when they’re all hanging on a wall together, and dangling from the ceiling.

We met up after shopping, but Tash wanted to find a t-shirt, so Lizzy, Sarah and I headed over the river and up the hill to the castle. We stopped for a refreshing frappe on the way (Starbucks…) then took in the view. It was amazing – we could see over the whole city. It was really good that we’d already explored the city, because from the lookout we could see the places we’d been (much better than just a see of buildings).

We walked leisurely through the castle gardens on the way back to the tram stop and the hostel. We’d made plans with a few others to meet up again at 8pm for dinner then there was a five floor club that Lizzy and Sarah wanted to visit. It was a pretty cool place, with five different levels all playing a different style of music. Our favourite was the disco room with a flashing dance floor! Here’s a picture I’ve stolen from someone’s Facebook album…

dance floor

It was back to the hostel after that for a good night’s sleep before another bus day.

A live update

Hi everyone. It’s been a few days since I posted, and I’m a few cities behind where I actually am, so I thought I’d make a quick post about now.

Our tour ended two days ago, and I’m in London at the moment staying with Amy. Bud left for Sri Lanka yesterday morning, and got there safely sometime last night.

I wandered London with Amy yesterday, and am about to head out now to see some more sights. Looking forward to going to some of the places they filmed the Harry Potter films, and there are lots of markets around as well. Probably going to be a busy few days, but it’ll be relaxing not having to move around from place to place.

Time for a quick post before I head off.

Bye for now!

Auschwitz

We started our day very early, because we had a tour of Auschwitz scheduled for 8am. So, breakfast at 6.30, then onto the bus!

We visited two of the concentration camps – Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II, Birkenau. The first was the smaller of the two, and also older. The guide took us through the complex, explaining what the buildings were used for, and the general daily happenings in the camp – buildings where prisoners slept, the square where role-call was carried out in all weather conditions (hot sun, freezing snow, heavy rain…), the jail and punishment buildings, the execution wall. The buildings were very simple, and the living conditions would have been terrible. Hundreds of people were crammed into each building, with three people sharing a single bed (with the beds stacked as three-level bunks).

Apart from the living areas, there was also a museum-like display showing clothes, luggage and other items taken from prisoners and kept by the Nazis. Seeing the enormous piles of shoes and glasses (which were only a small sample of the total amount of goods that would have been taken, because most were burnt just before the allies raided the camps) really helped to visualise just how many people fell victim to the Nazis. Nothing from the prisoners was ‘wasted’. Their belongings were sorted and used by the army, their hair used to make blankets.

At the end of the Auschwitz tour we visited one of the remaining gas chambers. It was eery to think about what had happened in that very place. Two of the furnaces remained, where hundreds of bodies could be cremated a day. Close to the gas chamber was a building slightly apart from the main complex of buildings. It was where one of the head guards lived, with his wife and child! It’s hard to imagine how anyone could live so close to such terror, especially with a family.

After visiting the first camp we went to Birkenau which was built once Auschwitz I was no longer large enough. This camp was far bigger than Auschwitz I, and we were able to climb the guard tower and look out over the grounds. It really was enormous. Some of the buildings were brick, but most were wooden. Here there was one toilet block for about 10 living buildings, and we were told that the prisoners were given 5 minutes at the start and end of each day to use the toilet and shower. That was 5 minutes for everyone, not per person, which meant that hundreds of people were converging on one building to make the most of the 5 minutes allocated.

Both camps were very sad places, and made for a much more subdued start to the day than usual. It was very interesting and well worth the visit.

After Aushwitz we stopped for lunch (which took longer than expected, making for a late arrival at the hostel). The rest of the drive was quite long as we headed to Prague.

The hostel in Prague was really nice. There were six of us in a room which didn’t sound too good, but the room was big enough for eight (four single beds and two bunks) with little divider walls breaking the room up into almost separate rooms. Very clean and very spacious – perfect! We had dinner at the hostel, then headed into the city for a walking tour. Everything happened pretty late though because of lunch, so we didn’t get into town until 11, and then after our wander the trams had stopped so we had to share a taxi home. Half the group stayed in town (Bud included) but I was just too tired so headed back to the hostel.

Halfway through the night I woke up and there was a soft beeping noise and a female voice. It was light (because the sun seems to come up about 5:00 in the morning here) so I thought maybe it was time to get up. It turned out to be a fire alarm! It wasn’t a very good alarm, because the beeping was very loud or shrill (it was almost soothing…and was only enough to wake 2 out of the 6 people in our room!) We staggered into the corridor a bit confused (the evacuation message was only in Czech). Some people were saying it was a drill (at 5:30 am?!) others said it was a false alarm. We got to the stairs and it stopped. Enough people said it was a false alarm to convince us so we went back to bed. There was no ‘it’s safe to go to bed’ message afterwards, or anyone from the hostel saying things were safe either, which wasn’t good. Bud and the others came back then as well – what a night!

Krakow

Our day in Krakow began with a tour of the Jewish Quarter to see the sites from the film Schindler’s list. Unfortunately it was cloudy and raining, although the rain cleared up as the day went on. In Eastern Europe the weather hasn’t been as hot as the west, and in most places it’s rained for at least an hour. I’m not sure if it’s because we’re further east, or if the weather for Europe has been less summer-like the last few days…

Anyway, the rain eased during the tour which was good, because walking in the rain isn’t much fun! A local guide took us past some sites used in the filming of Schindler’s list, and also filled us in on some of the history. The Jewish Quarter was allocated to only Jewish people to keep the separate from the main town.

We visited a synagogue where we had to wear a yarmulke (small Jewish head covering). We visited a graveyard, where the guide explained that when visiting a loved one’s grave Jewish people place a stone on the grave. The reason for this is that they consider it wrong to leave a living gift (such as flowers) for the deceased, and that when travelling in the desert the deceased had to be burried with stones otherwise the sand would blow away, uncovering the grave (so placing a stone now keeps with ancient traditions). The guide explained how there aren’t many Jewish graveyards left in Krakow, because they were destroyed by the Nazis. Gravestones were broken into smaller pieces which were used to make roads and stone fences (there was a stone fence made of gravestone pieces around this particular cemetry). The idea was that it reduced their self-esteem, weakening the people.

It was very interesting learning about the happenings of that time, but at the same time very sad. There were a number of places that we had seen in the film, and it was good to see them in real life and picture the movie scene we had watched the day before. The tour finished at Schindler’s factory which is still there, although was being renovated/modernised while we were there.

We stopped at the old town square halfway through and bought a Zapiekanki for lunch.

Zapiekanki

They’re a bit like a pizza, but on a long bread-like base (they were freshly made, and very delicious!)

After the tour we headed back to the town square and checked out the market stalls and the Basilica of the Virgin Mary, with a coffee and cake thrown in between. A wander down a few back streets was nice as well, giving us the chance to see the city from ‘behind the scenes’. There were some amazing things in the market stalls, particularly wooden trinkets (including a three player chess set! Not entirely sure how that would work…)

A traditional Polish dinner (cabbage stew), then the bus back to the hotel. Aaron, a fellow Aussie traveller, bought a guitar in Krakow so when we got back to the Hotel we all sat around chatting and singing songs – a relaxing way to end the day!

On to Polland

After a busy day in Budapest, it was on to Krakow in Polland.

A detour early in the drive meant we travelled through a couple of small towns in Hungary which were quiet and pretty (although the detoured traffic propably spoilt the peace for the locals…)

There weren’t any exciting stop offs along the way, but for the next day we were going on a Schindler’s list tour in Krakow, so we watched the movie on the bus along the way. I hadn’t seen it before, so it was really good to watch it before arriving in Krakow because we actually saw some places that were used in the film.

Our accomodation for Polland was a hotel which was reasonably good. We wandered to the supermarket before dinner (because it’s much cheaper to buy food there rather than at petrol stations along the way) but it was a ‘membership only’ discount store which was no use to us. After dinner we sat around and played cards then headed off to bed!

A day in Budapest

Before I tell about our adventures in Budapest, here’s the enormous steak platter Bud had for dinner on our first night there.

steak platter

The restaurant was called Fatal, and the meals really were fatal!

So…the hostel in Budapest was average, and didn’t even have anywhere for breakfast. So far, all the other hostels have had a dining area and provided cereal and toast as part of our booking. Topdeck had arranged breakfast with a restaurant next door, but when we got there they told us the chef hadn’t turned up! So, breakfast was a roll with a slice of ham, salami and cheese – not a particularly exciting start to the day!

A few people had organised to go to some natural baths for a soak and massage, but there was too much to see and do to waste time there. It was a bit drizzly in the morning, but fortunately it cleared up as the day went on.

So, a few people went to the baths, Bud and Aaron (a guy from Adelaide who’s on our tour) went wandering some shops in search of a guitar, and I did some washing and blogging. We all met up an hour or so later to explore the castle on the Buda (west) side of the river. We had a yummy lunch in a local pub before climbing the hill to the castle. (When Natasha, who went to the baths, joined us she was very unimpressed with the baths, and ended up not having a massage! Glad we didn’t bother with that…)

Under the castle is a labarynth. I’m not sure how authentic or genuine parts of it were, but it was really well set up with strange statues and ‘fossils’, and spooky sound effects. There was a maze in complete darkness (it wasn’t so much a maze, but a single tunnel that would ultimately lead to the exit) which was a lot of fun. We used our phones and camera flashes to find our way. We didn’t realise, until about halfway around, that we had gone in the entrance and bypassed the ticket desk, so it was a bit confusing going backwards. When we got to the end, which was really the start, we just went back through and came out the exit! (but don’t tell the Hungarians! lol)

We wandered the castle after that, checking out the grounds and views. There were some nice market stalls as well which were great for souvenir shopping. We bought a delicious snack called a ‘funnel cake’ which was a bit like a sweet prezel, but coiled around instead of knotted.

funnel cake

That gave us enough energy to get back down the hill, cross the river and explore the other side of town. There were some nice gardens on the opposite side, so we caught the train. One pulled in as we got there, so we snuck through the barriers and just jumped on (great value for money that day…first the labarynth, and then the train!) Being non-Hungarian speaking tourists we figured we’d have a chance at acting confused if there was a problem.

A quick coffee at Gloria Jeans (which I discovered is Australian owned! there are two in Hungary) then we explored the gardens for a while. They were particularly beautiful, with a lake and lots of lovely old buildings. It’s amazing how green everything is here – completely different to back home! And there are drinking fountains in most cities with water continually flowing through (particularly in Rome). Despite so much free water on the streets, at cafes and restaurants it’s highly unlikely they’ll give tap water to drink.

After a long day wandering the city, we headed back to the hostel for a bite to eat followed by a few games of cards. Later in the night we all headed to a bar on the river, but the staff were quite rude, and we were almost out of forints so didn’t stay long.

Others did stay very late though, and at 6am there was a knock on the door. One of the girls on the tour had stayed out with her sister, and they’d separated from the group. On their way home they lost each other, and she was panicky because she didn’t know where her sister was. About 15 minutes later her sister turned up, but they were pretty stressed. Just another night of little sleep!

Speaking of sleep, I’m going to head off now and get some before we wander Berlin. A walking tour and a few other activities organised for the day, so it should be good!

Bye for now!

Derek

A stop off at Bratislava

Left Vienna after breakfast, headed for Budapest in Hungary.

On the way we stopped at Bratislava in Slovakia for about 90 minutes. We wandered the market briefly, then grabbed some lunch. Lauren, our tour guide, had recommended some fancy looking pizza cones (pizza base shapped like an ice cream cone, stuffed with pizza toppings) but since we were only there for an hour or so we didn’t have any local currency. They were supposed to take Euros as well, but the lady in the shop apparently didn’t like us. A few people from our tour paid Euros, then she told us that we couldn’t pay Euros! We spent the next 30 minutes looking for another pizza cone shop, but had no luck. After wasting time looking, we looked inside a restaurant, and the guy there kindly offered to make us a take away kebab (even though it was a sit down restaurant) in about 10 minutes. It what seems to be true European style the 10 minutes were actually 20, but we got to the bus in time, and the kebab was good.

The city was quite nice, but the buildings seemed older, or at least more plain, than the other counrties we had visited. It was a nice break in the driving day though.

When we got to Budapest we had a driving tour around the city, and got off at a few places as well for photos and a look around. It was dry, but cloudy, when we got there, but at one of the stop offs we left the bus, climbed a hill and were supposed to get back on at the top. As we climbed it started to rain, then at the top it was bucketting down – and there was no bus! We all got soaked while Lauren called Craig (the driver) to find where he was (Craig hadn’t been there before, so wasn’t too familiar with the area…) It turned out, we were waiting just around the corner from him… Fortunately we went straight to the hostel after that anyway, so could dry off.

The hostel wasn’t particularly fancy, six of us in a room, and not much floor space. There were no other services there either (like laundry, kitchen etc), and only one computer! Toilets were communal (which actually worked out ok because with 6 in a room there can be quite a queue for the shower in the morning if there’s only 1!)

We had dinner at a local restaurant, and were told we could order anything on the menu! I had a really nice beef gulyas, but there was a huge steak platter on the menu that quite a few people had (Bud included). It was enourmous, and came out on a wooden plate almost a metre long! I’ve got a photo, but can’t get it online at the moment, so stay tuned!



That’s all the updating for now – my hour’s almost up.

Today we wandered Prague which is a really nice city, with lots to see. And I bought a Harry Potter marrionette which is really cool (just need to work out how best to bring him home!)

Bye for now!