The day began with a wake-up call from the hotel, it’s ringtone sounded like the most obnoxious of submarine alarms. Matt hung up on them. I managed to stuff some clothes into my backpack and made it in time for our 15 minute breakfast.
We ate our usual eggs, sausage, yogurt, toast and rice cakes, but I can’t read anything so i’ll never be too sure. It turns out “quark” is sour cream. The bus driver is two minutes early so we have to leave our food and head out. We had a different bus waiting for us this morning, hopefully there is not a compartment with a mattress and sheets in the undercarriage.
We arrive at the train station with 45 minutes to spare, so we go to a waiting area on the second floor. Alex buys a sandwich. While sitting amongst the cheery looking locals a ruffled looking pigeon joins our ranks, one of our female peers screams. The wifi advertised on the wall is nonexistent.
After our time expires we walk down to the track to board our train. Alex ditches his sandwich because it looked unappetizing. Contemplating his action, he considers buying another. Aziz buys pizza bagel chips. Lauren says our train is 10 minutes late. Steve buys regular chips. Our train is delayed two more minutes. Matt asks Haley a question about her backpack, no response. Our two minutes is up and no train in sight. A local man walks over the train tracks, he survived. We are notified of our train being another “two minutes late.” Lauren now buys pizza bagel chips.
Our train arrives, oh wait it’s not ours. Aziz asks girls for their phone numbers and is denied. The locals try to shove past us; I smile and move out of their way — the smile is not received. Nate buys pizza bagel chips. Our real train arrives, we scramble to board it.
We all sit down, Jeffery begins talking. Alex eats Matt’s sandwich. The train begins rolling away. After the train hits cruising speed Matt says he can out-walk it, Nate dares him and Matt contemplates. Connor still smiling pokes his head in our cabin to say hi. I nod off to sleep.
I wake up from my nap, we made it to Prague! Our hotel is close so we all make the trek from the train station to the hotel. The actual beauty of Prague far surpasses the rumors, but dark clouds are rolling in and it looks as if it may rain. We make it into the hotel and everyone desperately searches for wifi. Turns out we have to pay for it.
After we all settle into our spacious rooms we meet in the lobby for our tour of the city. The tour guide is sopping wet, my prediction was right. We took a tour of the city, I didn’t get to see much as I had my hood shielding my head from the rain. However, the tour guide was very knowledgable and thoroughly appreciated Matt’s snappy responses. The tour ends and a group of us decide to visit a 550 year old restaurant. It was packed, but we managed to find some seats.
After the restaurant we all decided to rest a little bit at the hotel as it had been a long day. I wake up from my second nap feeling refreshed. Everyone talks about going to a 80’s/90’s club; we go to said club. The club gets good reviews from everyone, it was a great night out.
- Lucas Rasnic