After not sleeping well at all due to anxiety and dehydration, I started my day at 9:21 and my phone is at 7%. I got out of bed, continued to sip more water. Quickly got dressed and made my way on the down the A line (green line) to iStyle. I arrived at 10:05 and my phone is at 6%, where I found that in fact it was the charger. I purchased a new USB Cable (which I would later return as that wasn’t the problem) and a USB transformer and headed back home to actually get ready and charge my phone and call my parents with the good news.
I’m well aware, all of this makes me seem that I’m attached to my phone, but when you’re on your first solo trip in Europe (even though I lived in this very city before) safety is everyone’s main concern. Don’t believe me? At the request of peers at work I had a “Yes I’m Still Alive in Europe” Snap Chat group so they knew I was ok. I also had Find My Friends turned on so my mom knew where I was at all times. My main concern with not having a working phone, was for my folks back home knowing I was ok because they love and care for my well being (and not so they could secretly live vicariously through me at all 😉 ).
*Pro tip: bring multiple chargers so this doesn’t happen to you. Was it a big deal? not particularly. I almost brought multiple usb transformers/cables and could have saved myself about 2 hours on my trip.*
After all the hoopla with the phone. I left at 11:45 to go to the National Museum (Národní Muzeum) which was conveniently located outside my flat. I was able to see the exhibit “Czech-Slovak /Slovak-Czech”. This exhibit opened for the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia (now 2 countries Czech Republic and Slovakia) when this state declared itself independent from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. But that was the start of these countries becoming independent states. This exhibit tells the story of the people belonging to the State, their lives and what lead them to the velvet divorce in 1993.
The other exhibit is the 2 * 100. The National Museum is twice as old as the Republic. This exhibit presents the preservation of a nation, a culture and heritage of all generations.
I didn’t take any exhibit photos (due to lighting and the way things were displayed) but here is the main stairwell.
After the museum I decided to take the tram over to Petřín Hill. Petřín is located in the center of the city in the Mala Strana, home to the Oberservation Tower, the Victims of Communism Monument, many parks and outstanding views of the city.
Now I had free access to the funicular, but I decided, no I’m going to walk up this enormous hill and see if I’m still alive by the end of it because I haven’t walked enough today. How hard could it be?
I’m going to preface this by saying, I’m very glad I hiked up. Because had I not, I wouldn’t have gained the appreciation for the city that I did by looking at the views of the city and all her glory. But…
Pro tip: Take the funicular up, and walk down
It’s better if I show you what I saw
Once I reached the top, I took a much needed breather. I walked around and took photos of what I found at the top.
This is a place I would love to visit in the spring time. There is a rose garden here that I would absolutely love to breathe in.
After the time came to climb up the observation tower. I didn’t make it to the top. I reached the first deck and my legs said, “Sweet Oz no more please!”
After I began my decent down the hill. I walked around the Mala Strana part of town and took photos. Here are my favourites:
That evening I went on a Ghost Tour. I love doing these when I travel because you hear stories you may not here in your everyday-time tour. Now my Melissa and I did one when we lived here (and based on the description I thought this was the one… it couldn’t have been more off). Now don’t get me wrong, I’m well aware that ghost tours are going cheesy, but this was just plain weird and uncomfortable. I’m not a fan of jump scares or being asked, “How would you like to be executed?” to then *spoiler alert, have the grim reaper pop up in a fake dungeon with last year’s halloween decorations acting as if it’s your last day on earth. It was uncomfortable, and add severe anxiety to the mix, this tour was not ok. (I did a much better ghost tour the following night.)
That concluded day 2. It was a day of exploration and adventure.
If there’s anything you want to know in more detail about each day, any questions about traveling alone or Prague in general, feel free to drop me a comment. Good night!