Saturday, March 26, 2011

Namesti Miru Flea Market

Today I went with two friends to a flea market located just off of the Metro stop Namesti Miru. It was full of really cool things. It looked like museums had emptied out their basements onto the ground. There were clothes, watches, authentic miniatures beautiful relics, weird dolls, retro neon roller skates...I mean they had everything. I ended up buying two shirts and a hat, pretty mundane stuff, but thankfully the flea market opens the last saturday of every month. this being the first time it opened since before winter I thought It was okay that I didn't blow all of the money I had the first time I went. I think I will be getting my presents for people there. I was able to do a bit of haggling and got the price down, my first time doing it...definitely NOT my last!

I was just so Impressed by the stuff that was being sold I mean there were some serious treasures there. I am sad because I know that I do not have enough room in my trunk to take much home with me but I wish I did, because I wanted to purchase everything I saw. If you ever visit Prague, I would really recommend you go, it was just awesome! I mean old cameras and lenses, sunglasses, beer steins, metal plates and cups and silverware, jewelry (artisan made), scarves, books, clocks, vintage hunters would have a heart attack and I know most of my friends back home would flip cow pies if they saw what was up.

Tonight I am going to see a movie that is part of an international film festival taking place in Prague. I think the movie itself is in Italian, but there will be English subtitles (hooray!). can't wait!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Kostnice Sedlec

Saturday was a day full of adventure. I woke up early to meet friends at the Hlavní nádraží train station where we purchased tickets to go to a town called Kutná Hora about an hour away from Prague. The trains are really cool looking in the Czech Republic. They are very old looking but seem like they could withstand a significant bomb blast! In each train car there are separate compartments, like the one in Harry potter....(I know i'm going to get flak for that). When we got onto the platform and boarded the train there were no empty compartments except for in first class, so a bunch of us just said "what the hell" and took them. of course about 45min into the train ride we got kicked out of first class and had to stand up. This really wasn't so bad. The Czech country side is beautiful. I felt so calm and listened to music while staring out the open window at the scenery. Besides getting harassed every so often by an attendant that we were standing in the wrong place the train was super pleasant!

Upon arriving at our destination we debarked the train and Made for a church called the Kostnice Sedlec (Sedlec Ossuary). The basement of the church is full of bones. The ossuary is estimated to contain the skeletons of between 40,000 and 70,000 people!! The cemetary upon which the church is situated i guess was overflowing with bones and the church employed some guy to arrange them in the basement. what came out of it was a creepy shrine like design which included a bone chandelier and many other interesting arrangements...
The church itself is small so it didn't take much time to see all that there was to see inside so we left (but not before I tried to pry a tooth from one of the skull's mouth) we grabbed lunch a rather long walk from the Ossuary but the place at which we stopped was completely in Czech and the Prices were super cheap, the food was good too.

We lounged in a nearby park for a while then caught a train back to Prague. Overall an awesome day!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Nail Bar

Friday night I was feelin' right and went out with some friends to a bar near the I.P. Pavlova stop on Metro C line. It was a small/long bar cozy and buzzing with patrons, but that wasn't the cool part. There was a gigantic tree trunk on which a game was played. The game was this: Each player starts with a nail and hammers it in to the tree trunk to the same hight, then you each take turns trying to hit your nail deeper into the wood with the SHARP end of the hammer (not the blunt). Whoever gets their nail all the way into the wood first wins...the last one to get their's all the way buys the next round of drinks. It was really fun and we ended up playing three or four times (I lost twice)
I am not sure of the actual name of the bar but we call it "the Nail Bar" because of that game. it is a lot trickier hitting the head of a nail with the pick end rather than the blunt, harder than you would think.

Fat Tuesday

Tuesday after a drawing class in the morning I met some friends back in Zizkov for a meat festival. It was not as exciting as I had hoped, but there were a few stands that were giving out sausages, pastries and beer for FREE! That part was really cool. There was also some music and a parade.
I got some free pastries but the lines for the free sausage and beer was a little too long, so I ended up buying sausage and beer from another stand that was selling it. The sausage was really big and I couldn't finish the whole thing!...partly because it was so huge and partly because it was a bit gross. The beer was good though :) The weather for it was really nice, mostly. It got a bit dark and dreary towards the end. The costumes that people where wearing were great. There was a half man and half cow, some herders, large and small bicycle riders, guys on stilts. The music wasnt half bad, but it was mostly directed towards kids, so a little boring.
The day ended when the Parade reached its final destination and there was some more music and free food...and beer. Ha.

Monday, March 7, 2011


It was a fairly good weekend. Didnt do much on Saturday, but Sunday was great! Woke up and made myself some breakfast, a kind of scrambled french toast dish, that was an experiment but actually turned out really tasty. relaxed for a while and in the afternoon went for a hike/walk up a large hill located in Zizkov. The view was really nice and expansive. If the weather hadn't been so damn cold I probably could have stayed all day.
The spot on the Hill (the very top) is also home to the largest horse-riding military statue in europe...of course it was covered up, I guess it was being cleaned or something. I definitely want to go back there on a clearer day, it was so pretty!

After that I wondered down around the train tracks of Haladni Nadrazi and that was cool too. they still use really old trains here, kinda like the ones in The Darjeeling Limited. they have compartments within each train car for four people to sit with the sliding doors, so cool! You can take a train to Berlin for fairly cheap...I might try and do it :)

Anyway it was really freakin cold, so just went back home after I felt like I couldnt be any more frozen.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Czech it

Sorry for the late post, but lots have been happening. nothing too exciting but since a few days ago I have become severely addicted to cappuccinos. They just taste so darn good and are served everywhere. I mean you can get 'em anywhere you can buy beer pretty much. I have gotten lost in Prague (mostly on purpose) and discovered a little coffee shop in a side street, it was a little pricey but well worth it, and found an art supply store that had everything I needed. It was a good week, but I have slowly begun to run out of food. The bad thing about grabbing a drink with a friend in the afternoon is that it soon turns into two drinks and then I feel hungry. So I go home and eat almost everything that I have just bought! ha its kinda funny....but really kinda not. Something that I have been asked a lot is "what's the food like in the Czech Republic?" well it is very much like food you would find anywhere else. Not that it has been Americanized but, it is just normal. They have a lot of different Baguettes, my favorite being Tuňák a sýr with tomatoes, sliced bell peppers and this mystery sauce. I guess if I would name something specifically it would be Guláš. They do have carts that sell gigantic sausages...but I mean you would really just compare that to a hotdog stand.

I do have a story, I was trying to meet some friends for a drink and to listen to music on thursday of last week and I somehow got on the wrong tram. I ended up about 30 min away from where I wanted to be! Ha ha ha I still haven't figured out how to read the signs for the trams, but I think I am a bit better now heh. When I finally did end up meeting everyone it wasnt the music we had all anticipated, it was supposed to be jazz (or that is what the flyer said) but ended up being salsa kind of music. that was fine, we all ended up sitting and talking to each other which was really nice :). I have now been to three clubs in Prague in one week. The first I cannot remember the name, the second Akropolis, and the third Chapeau Rouge!