As far as I’m concerned, you just cannot beat a good stew. Not only can it taste insanely good, if done right, but it’s filling and comforting. All in all, it’s basically the perfect meal. Thankfully, many countries seem to agree with that conclusion so when I’m out and about in a new place, looking for traditional eats, I can always justify a stew.
I have to admit that I am pretty lucky to live in Europe, the continent has so many interesting and beautiful cities that are just a stone’s throw away from good old Blighty. Even if you do live a bit further out, however, there are many that are worth the trip:
A wise man- J. R. R. Tolkien, to be precise- once said, “not all those who wander are lost.” He had a point, however sometimes those who wander are just plain lost. Getting lost is not always a bad thing. If you fall off the beaten track, you might get to see the real city, find places which you never thought you’d see or stumbled across hidden gems. Yes, it can be a nightmare, I’ve had horror film scenes flashing through my mind and you can lose valuable time if you’re in a city for a limited amount of time but I’ve found that it usually turns out for the best. At the end of the day, you’ll probably at least get a decent story out of it.
This post is part of my series of city guides, designed to give you a bit of an introduction into the city in question: activities, accommodation, transport, restaurants, food and nightlife. It’ll also basically act as a contents page for everything I’ve ever written about the place. With this is mind, I have updated my initial ‘a guide to Prague on a shoestring’ article to fit with the series. During August 2013, I was staying in Berlin, a mere five hour train ride from Prague. On discovering Berlin’s fantastic train links, my travel buddy and I decided we had to take advantage of them and so, one weekend, off we went for a whirlwind trip to the Czech Republic. Although we were only there for two days, and while you could surely spend longer in Prague, I think our stay was pretty perfect for travellers on a budget/tight schedule.
After doing my list of the Seven Wonders of the World, I wondered how many UNESCO World Heritage sites I’d seen without knowing it and how many I had left to do. It turns out, that out of the 981 preserved cultural and natural landmarks, I have been to 25. Only 956 to go then- I may complete my Seven Wonders list first:
Bucket List number 43: see the seven wonders of the world. I think that this is probably a regular feature on bucket lists: Christ the Redeemer, Petra, the Great Wall of China, Chichen Itza, the Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu with either the Pyramids of Giza or the Colosseum taking the last place. With the exception of the latter I haven’t been to any.
In the last part of the story, my travel buddy and I had finally made it to Hostel Orange and were about to embark on a free walking tour. The tour was due to start at 2pm at the astronomical clock so off we went in the direction of a clock we spotted close by which was clearly surrounded by tour guides.
During my month in Berlin, my flatmate and I decided it was the perfect opportunity to go elsewhere. There are great train links from the city so, one weekend, we hauled ourselves out of bed at 5am to embark on a trip to Prague. We managed to get deals on tickets but it meant we had no choice over trains so we had to go early. We just about made it to the platform in time but when we got there the sign did not have our train on it. The boards had displayed the wrong platform number. Thankfully, someone had noticed and asked a passing member of staff who pointed us to our train which was just pulling into the platform opposite and we hopped on.