Day 112 (Prague, Czech Republic)
Just spent last week in Berlin, Germany after leaving Amsterdam around June 14th I believe. I was going to spend 4 days in Berlin but ended up spending an entire week there. Berlin was a really cool place and both my hosts were great people who I got to hang out with a few times. When I wasn’t hanging out with my hosts I took a free tour to get some history around Berlin and did a lot of walking on my own. Also bought a new pair of jeans as the ones I have are begining to fall apart after 100 straight days of wear. I rode the metro system a lot in Berlin (S/U-Bahn) and I would have to say it has way to many stops on each line and has a ton of construction going on, but I got around so it’s not horrible. I kind of fell in love with a food called Currywurst which is basically a brautwurst cut into pieces with a special ketchup and curry powder put on it. It is one of my favorite snack foods at this point in my trip.
Visited the Berlin Wall which was kinda neat and it actually did have some cool art on the “East Side Gallery” section of the wall which is a popular part of the wall to visit. Most of the wall is gone but you can still see a line of bricks on the ground were it used to be and that goes through a large part of the city, including on roads. Took in a few museums when I was there but I did not know there was a combo ticket for all museums on this place called museum island so it would have cost me like 100 EUR I thought. Also without student discount it cost a lot more, I really wish I had a student card, might have to work on doing something about that as there is a ton of student discounts, probably could have saved 100-200 EUR by now actually. One museum I thought was really cool was called the Pergamon museum which has entire parts of ancient buildings in it’s museum which is what I really liked in the museum in NYC that had an ancient Egyptian gate/temple/something.
I’ve also decided on what I will be doing after my Schengen Zone time is over which will be mid-August. I am going to fly from Athens, Greece to Kiev, Ukraine and when there, while also being a tourist I intend to apply for a visa to Russia so that I can take a bus from Kiev, Ukraine to Moscow, Russia for likely a week. It will cost a bit of money to get one but I really want to see Russia so I hope it all works out and doesn’t totally break the bank. If so I should be in Russia before September. Then I will take the bus back to Kiev, Ukraine before moving onto Istanbul, Turkey for a week or 2. After that it’s an unknown, I will likely be doing some flying if I want to see Amman, Jordan and Cairo, Egpyt which I do so that will also cost a bit. Luckily the cost of living in all the places I mentioned is a lot lower than Western Europe has been so I am hoping that will balance out the higher use of planes I have been doing.
I am currently in Prague and will be until the 26th after which I think I will go to Krakow, Poland for 5-7 days. I need to book my bus ticket and likely a hostel unless I can find a couch to surf which I will send requests for today. I think it will be a cheaper place so that should help out. I haven’t taken any pictures yet in Prague but I went to a pub crawl with some friends from the hostel so I’m sure I am in a few pictures on someones camera. Also after getting to Czech Republic I have now been to 15 countries (Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Ireland (Republic of), Luxembourg, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Spain, United States, Wales) which is a good start, I should be near 27 before October. My next post will likely be from Poland if everything works out.