Monday June 4th
This day was slow paced but super fun day. Originally we were suppose to go to Dresden, Germany but one of the kids was late and the return tickets became booked up. However that kid saved us because later that evening there was a large fire which would have prevented us from getting into Germany. First we went to a breakfast and most of us ordered pancakes. These pancakes turned out to be the size of the circle you can make with your index finger and thumb. Only 3 of those, so many of us didn’t feel satisfied with that meal. After that we saw a face of Frank Kafka that could morph and move into different positions. Then we got free time and I shopped at Zara and spent all my money. It was a fun shopping time. After the free time we looked for a dinner place and found one. All the guys except for Andy ordered virgin mojitos. This is where the day ends and we are back to the hotels where now I am writing my blog.
Sunday was filled with amazing views and great memories. First we walked across the Charles Bridge and down town streets. After seeing the Charles Bridge, we went to an observation deck to see a view of Prague. We looked over the city and then got ice cream before walking back down to the city. We searched for Palffy Gardens but sadly never found it. After cleaning up in our rooms, we left to go to a concert. The music was pretty good and it was fun to hang out with everyone. We got back to the apartment and went to bed pretty late.
On Saturday we took a trip to Kutna Hora. We took an hour train ride from Prague to Kutna Hora. Although I slept a little on the train, I spent most of the train ride looking at the amazing views. The mountains, farms, and random cities are absolutely gorgeous. In Kutna Hora we visited the bone church, which I a church decorated with bones from 30,000 people. After seeing a bunch of skulls, we took a tour through a silver mine. We saw how 17th and 18th century miners mined silver in Kunta Hora. We then had to sprint to the train station because we almost missed the train to get back to Prague. We got back to Prague and ate dinner before going to bed.
Today we left Prague on the train for Kutna Hora. It was very cool to be able to experience a train ride through the Czech Republic. When we got to Kutna Hora we explored a bone cave called Sedlec Ossuary. A renowned architect had the idea of taking all the bones from war and plagues that were buried in Sedlec Ossuary to make unique sculptures and decorations. We worked our way to the city where we explored a silver mine at the Bohemian Museum of Silver. We also took a tour through a large cathedral,St. Barbara’s Church. There were beautiful pieces of stained glass constructed through the church during different periods of time. We had dinner back in Prague at a really good steak joint. The chef of maso je maso came in first place for his famous ribs in a European competition amongst other renowned restaurants.
Day five brought a train ride to a town called Kutná Hora. We saw many churches once again but one stood out above others. The Church of All Saints with the Ossuary has an interior decorated by the skeletal remains of around 60,000 people from the 14th century. The bones are arranged to form structures like bells, chandeliers, arch’s, and coats of arms. The bones came either from soldiers brutally killed in combat or people who contracted the plague. The town had more to offer however. After lunch, we explored an old silver mine created during the same time period as the church. Given the short stature of the people back then, even I, the shortest person, had trouble fitting through the fun sized corridors. We then all turned our head lamps off to experience the absolute darkness of the mine. After exploring the town a bit more than planned, we jogged our way across town to meet the train back to Prague.