Prague, Czech Republic
I know, I know. It’s been nearly 6 months since we’ve been back and I haven’t posted a thing. Life happened! This summer has been crazy—I was working two jobs, and we were actually able to travel a bit over the summer as well. More on that later. In the meantime, here are some pictures from our Europe trip. I might get around to writing about it at some point, but it gets more difficult the longer I wait. We’ll see.
Hello, friends! I’ve been back from Europe for about a month now, and an update is coming very soon! I have lots of awesome pictures and stories to share, so stay tuned.
I am a fan of Cafe Hawelka, but it’s a bit cramped for studying if you really want to spread out. If you want more space, I’d suggest Cafe Alt Wien (not as old-fashioned as the rest, but has a great vibe) or Cafe Sperl (near Karlsplatz).
When you’re couchsurfing (or staying with friends for that matter), it’s always a good idea to bring a small gift or two for your host as a token of appreciation. They’re opening up their home to you, after all…and if you’re couchsurfing, you’re often a complete stranger.
But what to bring if, like me, you’re flying overseas and only bringing a carry-on? Liquids (wine, beer, etc) and other bulky food are out…which make up a lot of uniquely “American” things.
After a little snooping around the internet, we found a couple of things that might do:
We ended up settling on a giant bag of Reese’s cups, a couple of maps of the city of Cleveland, and some “I <3 CLE” magnets. We are also spending our time in Prague with a family with two small daughters, so we thought teddy bears might be an appropriate thing to bring for them.
Any things you think would be fun to bring couchsurfing hosts? Leave them in my ask box. :)
Two weeks in Central Europe in March looks like this…
It’s always best to choose clothes that go with everything. I am bringing all neutral colors (you’ll notice that I’m a bit obsessed with rust-red at the moment).
(I bought this jacket specifically for this trip—it has all sorts of nifty pockets and the hood is awesome.)
Coming up: Gift ideas for couchsurfing hosts
Vienna’s travel soundtrack is up! I had so much fun making this one…there is so much amazing music history in this city.
Click on the picture above or listen here:
i’m creating city soundtracks for our trip that include both classical and modern music from each country…
czech out the prague soundtrack by clicking the picture of charles bridge!
Since my spring break adventure through central Europe is less than a month away, I thought I’d make a quick post about my preparations.
Our itinerary thus far includes Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Ljubljana, and Budapest. I’ve been to all of these places before, but I’m excited to share them with Patrick this time around.
Since we are planning on couchsurfing for the majority of our trip, I’ve started to send out some requests. It’s an odd balance to strike—one can’t send them out too early or else hosts just don’t know their schedule yet. And one can’t send them out too late or else hosts are already booked up. So far, we have a host for Prague—which is good, because it’s the first city we are visiting.
We are spending the money on a B&B in the alps for one night—it seemed too romantic to pass up. We’ll be spending the night in Obertraun, which is a little town on the other side of Hallstätter See from Hallstatt.
I also couldn’t resist doing a little networking while over there. I will be visiting several international schools while in Prague and Vienna. Though I love my current job with all my heart, my goal is to be teaching abroad in 2-5 years. I’m hoping that these school visits will give me a feel for the international school job market and help me out a couple of years down the road.
So now I have a question for you….as I’m making up rough itineraries for each city, I’m realizing that I’ve seen a lot of these major landmarks before. If you have an off-the-beaten path MUST-SEE for Prague, Vienna, Salzburg, Ljubljana, or Budapest….leave it in my ask box!
Prague. Photo credit: Darby Sawchuk (http://dsphotographic.com)
Vienna. Photo credit: Michela Riva (http://michelariva.com)
Ljubljana. Photo credit: Flickr user tttske_C (https://www.flickr.com/people/tttske__c)
Budapest. Photo Credit: Ronja Soponen (https://www.flickr.com/people/99717995@N06)
well guys…my boyfriend and I just purchased two tickets to europe for march. it’s been over 2 years but I’M GOING BACK. eeeeeeeeee!
Hey there! Oh boy..where to begin.
Definitely start at the center of the city—Stephansdom. I know you’ve probably seen a million churches by now, but Stephansdom really is amazing. It was my favorite cathedral in Europe that I saw. The pedestrian area around Stephansdom is called Stephansplatz, and there are a lot of little cafes and such. There is a pedestrian street called Graben that is probably one of my favorites in Vienna.
In general, the streets to walk are the ones around Stephansdom. There is also a large street called the Ringstrasse which used to be the old city wall and surrounds the oldest part of the city. There are a lot of important buildings and museums on the Ringstrasse, and there is a Strassenbahn (streetcar) that circles it.
If you do nothing else in Vienna, definitely stop at one of the historical coffee houses. There is a little coffee house called Cafe Hawelka which is on a sidestreet of Graben called Dorotheergasse. It’s tiny and cramped and extremely famous, but not terribly expensive. Here is the place’s website: http://www.hawelka.at/cafe/de/.
If you’re up for it, try to catch an opera at the Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera House). It’s on the Ringstrasse. Standing-room tickets are less that 5 euro, and at that price you can leave at intermission if you’re bored. It’s worth it just to see the interior if nothing else. Look up how to do the standing room tickets on the internet—there’s a system and you’ll have to get there early.
As for transport—try to get a 3 or 5 day pass at one of the U-Bahn stations if you’re planning on getting around a lot. Otherwise just buy single-fare tickets. They’re sold at Tabac stores (normally located near stops), on the buses or Strassenbahns themselves, or in the U-Bahn stations for the subway. A lot of Vienna is walkable, especially if you’re staying in the city center.
Feel free to message again if you have more questions—I hope this helps! Have fun in Vienna, it’s a great place. =)