Mark and I woke up in the morning and decided we were going to Prague. Well, it was slightly more planned out than that. We had briefly been discussing the idea since I arrived in Berlin but we didn't really have any definite plans. Mark told me he knew of this great service they have in Germany where you can simply log onto a website and find other travelers who are driving to nearby European cities and have spaces available in their car! Yes, this sounded VERY dangerous to me. But, I reluctantly decided to go with the flow. We met with a girl named Anna at an S-Bahn stop near the train station. (For some reason, the fact that she was female made me feel safer, lol). She seemed very nice. There was another girl that was going to be riding with us, her name was Analaze and she was from Greece. So, after a quick introduction the four of us piled into Anna's very small, very old car and headed for Prague.
While we were approaching the German/Czech boarder it began to snow and by the time we finally arrived at the boarder gates there was a full blown blizzard going on. We were required to pass over each of our passports, one from Germany, one from Greece and Mark and I from America. Of course Mark and my passports were the two that were taken to a seperate booth to be looked over more carefully. But, the guard returned several minutes later, waved us on and we were in Eastern Europe in the middle of a snow storm! Unfortuantely, because of the storm there was a huge detour that lead us up and down the mountians on windy roads and all I kept thinking was "Thank god Mark isn't driving right now!" We finally got to Prague and when we stepped out of the car it was FRIGID!!!! I have never experienced weather so COLD! I thought Berlin was bad but this was something else.
We arrived at our hostel which was called Plus Prague but unfortunately it wasn't what we expected. The reason we origionally chose this hostel was because they supposedly had a pool, jacuzzi and sauna. But, when we arrived we were told that they were all shut down! Plus the hostel was located on the outskirts of the city and we were quite disappointed.
Mark and I were starved so we decided to grab some dinner. Then we hopped on the tram and went to the city center. The city lights of Prague were magnificant! The tram lead us to the opposite side of the Vltava River and we had a view of the luminous Prague Castle up on top of the river banks and well as the grand Charles Bridge. We spent some time strolling around the city streets, browsing in shops and taking in the bohemian culture. We stopped at a local pub to listen to a live Bavarian band play and sip some of the local grog-rum, hot water and lemon-which tastes about as good as it sounds. lol. After this we went to another bar where we met two French men who were hilarious! They were also very knowledgable about the city and told us all of the sites we should check out tomorrow!