One of the reasons I decided I wanted to go to Prague was to see Andre Rieu. I booked the tickets and then didn’t book the flight tickets right away as I wanted a friend to come along with me. I managed to convince him and then I found the flight times and an Airbnb for us to stay in.
The flight out was the first of the day and the flight back was the last of the day. I booked these after I got back from Barcelona and circumstances meant my friend that was going to come with me couldn’t go – also the Airbnb host cancelled on us too.
I had to do some inward searching as to whether I wanted to go or not. I thought I could get a refund on the tickets to the concert but it turns out that I couldn’t. I asked another friend for advice on what I should do. I needed to know whether I should still go for the entire length, cut it short or just not go at all. His advice was just to go as planned.
I took that on board and changed my flights to ones where I could get to and from Stansted airport without it costing more than the flight.
I am glad I went. It was a good trip, was tinged with sadness and was also a valuable life lesson for me. My next trip alone won’t be for 8 days though – that is way too long for a trip alone on the continent. I did try and keep myself busy most of the time – I think I did a good job for the most part.
I decided that, even though I was in Prague in 2016, I would see Prague this time as if I was there for the first time. This was so I could see it through the eyes of my friends and get more pictures. I think I did a pretty good job too. I saw a lot more than I did last time and that was a culmination of being fitter and also searching out things to do. My picture count for 2016 was 186 and for this trip was just over 1600!
When I got to Prague I headed straight to the hostel to check in as I was tired and wanted to get my case in the room so I didn’t have to drag it around anymore. The trip to the hostel was straightforward until I got to the point where they were doing track work on the tramlines and I freaked out a little. Google to the rescue though and I found a tram straight to the hostel.
I got there and I was the only one in the 6-bed dorm for most of the time. It was awesome. Once there, I had a look for some tours to do and I found a tour to Kutna Hora and the Bone Chapel for the next afternoon and a Tour to Terezin for the Friday morning. I promptly booked those.
After I had done that, I went to the tram and went for a wander around Prague just to get my bearings.
I also realised that I didn’t pack everything I needed to. I forgot a belt for my jeans so it was shorts every day – even when it was cold and rainy. I didn’t pack enough lens solution so I had to use the solution for 2 days in a row every time – shhh, don’t tell my optometrist!
All in all though, it was a good trip and I am glad I was convinced to go.
I am not going to go into the history of Prague in this post, I just want to show it from my view point so it will be what I did and my pictures.
All said and done, I am glad I went to Prague and experienced more than I did last time.
I was glad to go there and put on fresh eyes for my friends so they could experience Prague vicariously through me.
I can definitely feel a couple more trips to Prague coming on.
The plane ride back home was not so fun. So full of turbulence. It was not at all good. From the video below you can see how bad it was! This was me holding the phone steady and the turbulence was knocking my hands back and forth!
I have never been so glad to be back on home soil as I was this trip. 8 days is definitely too long to go away as a solo traveller!