Sunday, October 16, 2022

Oktober Reise, Day 5: The Train to Prague

Yesterday: Niederaula and Bad Hersfeld

Thursday, October 6. The train ride to Prague is a long one, and Matthias had to go back to work, so we got up early. Matthias drove us to the Fulda station to catch the 7:56 train to Nürnberg and the 10:37 train to Cheb and the 12:33 train to Praha.

There were signs in the Plzeň station advertising the Pilsner Fest to be held Friday and Saturday. It's kinda too bad we already had plans, because this year's fest celebrated the 180th anniversary of the founding of Pilsner Urquell, inventors of the Pilsner style of beer.

We rolled into Prague a little before 4:00pm. Finding a ride to the apartment was damned frustrating, but after walking a mile or so around and under and through the train station — much to the chagrin of Paris' shredded feet — but we got there in the end. The view was kinda restricted, but it was a taste of what was to come.

Mario and Ana were flying in from Düsseldorf, and the plan was that we would all arrive around the same time, but a pilots strike threw a wrench into that. Paris and I were gassed anyway, so I walked down the street to a little shop and bought us a few cans of beer. (The Kozel 11° was really tasty.

Then we took a nap until Mario and Ana finally arrived around 11:30pm, had a quick beer with them, and called it a night.

Tomorrow: Monastery beers and the NHL in Prague

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