|On Czech soil. The solo adventure commences here!|
IT WASN’T like it used to be. Back then, planning a trip was a “jump and go” decision but as I advance in years, getting out of a comfort zone becomes an integral part in travel decision making. The good thing is I never lost the thirst for adventure.
For this leg of the European voyage, I’m glad I have friends, who are equally as thirsty to see the world as I am, who took the lead and clicked the book and buy button for me. There was no turning back.
Yes, just like many of my “first time to see the place” travels, the visit to the Czech Republic will be another solo adventure. But unlike my first solo visits to the cities of the continent, when I was thirstier and land arrangement was sorted out upon arrival, I made sure everything was in place this time-hotel was booked and the tour was mapped out.
Want something badly and it will be yours.
Prague has been in my bucket list for the longest time. The photo of the famed astronomical clock in the Old Town Square was one of the photos I stare at on my vision board day in and out and pictured myself standing in front of it. Out of nowhere, the Universe conspired and said it was time-my good friend Tenny extended an invitation to join his family to Europe, Des immediately arranged my side trip to Prague and Nico and Noemi of Agoda accommodated my request for hotel hosting. In a snap of a finger, everything fell into place.
Yes, everything. Even my 4 a.m. ride to Charles de Gaulle airport, which was originally a Metro ride, turned fancy in my cousin Jojo’s sleek car. How much more spoiled can I get?
|Early morning start of an adventure. A fancy ride & not the metro to Charles de Gaulle Airport, thank you good cousin.|
I arrived in Prague very early on a sunny day. There was a marvelous adventure ahead of me. I knew it. The positive feeling was reassured by the kind and helpful individuals who gave me tips on the best way to get to the city center.
|Seen at the airport arrival: Art installation for a directional sign? It works!|
|Your ticket to the city. Buy it here.|
|The coolest map & a ticket to the city. The bus-metro combo ride to the ticket is 32 Czeck Koruna, around Php 65.|
(pointing on the tourist map I got from the tourist counter). Just follow the
crowd at the bus stop, for sure you’re all heading the same direction,” said
this Hong Kongese lady who frequents the Prague for business and takes the same
ride all the time.
|Down to the trains…|
cities with excellent public transportation system I’ve been to—Paris,
Barcelona, Hong Kong, Singapore, which makes it easy to move around the city.
|This is the terminus of the Metro green line. I was told my stop was Muzeum but my hotel wa closer to Mustek.|
|Here comes my ride.|
People were zipping around me hurriedly and I can’t seem to spot my exit. Where
was I to go? Like a guardian angel, another Asian lady came to the rescue. “How
do get to the Old Town Square, please” I asked. From that point I can find my
way to The Emblem hotel.
streets in the Old Town is like a maze, why don’t I just go with you.” I’m glad
she did because the short distance from the train exit to the square, we did a
series of turns through narrow streets.
behold, I stood in front of the Astronomical Clock!
|Woohoo! One off the bucket list. This is Puchi, a guardian angel, who showed me the way to this spot from the metro stop.|
square, watched the hundreds of tourists crowding the place, took a few photos,
and stared at the clock as I said to myself, “This is my time. Thank you
Universe! I will be back later to take the same night time shot as the photo on
my vision board, with me on the foreground this time.”
was, surprisingly, only a few meters from where I was at a moment ago. How
fantastic is that?
|How lucky can I get? The Emblem hotel is a very short walk from the Old Town Square.|
hotel. But that would be another story….