“The past is history, the future is a mystery, but today is a gift—that’s why they call it ‘the present’."
29.09.2012 - 30.09.2012 15 °C
I have finished 2/3 of my journey and still have two weeks to go, but I am already missing this trip. I LOVE doing this, and I could do this forever. I wake up whenever I want, wander around doing nothing constructive all day long, hop on a tram or metro going to random places and get lost, sit down and read in a coffee shop every other hour, get a gelato and just sit on the stairs under the sun to watch people, stop and take 30 photos of the same cloud, then feel proud of myself for finding my way home. In the evening, chat to the nice people from the hostels, party till dawn a few times and not have to worry about hangover, because there is nothing specific to do tomorrow. LIFE IS GREAT. (And you are jealous!)
It was my first time traveling to East Europe, among the places I've been to, Dubrovnik is definitely my favorite, sun and sea by day and King's Landing by night. (I met a lot of Game of Thrones' fans by the way). My least favorite place would be Prague. It is a beautiful city, but sorry to say, I would never go back to this place because of its people. They say French in Paris are rude, wait till you meet Czech. Except from the staff from the hostel and my tour guide from the walking tour, I would say all of the locals are extremely unfriendly, it's like hitting a jackpot if you talk to a Czech and he smiles back to you. It's not just one or two rude people, it's the majority of them. They are reluctant to help, don't bother to talk to you, and if you ask them a question, they always give me a you're-a-fucking-idiot look, and it's a sin to ask for ketchup for my fries. PEOPLE DON'T DO THAT! It's offensive to ask for more than what is given to you on your plate. Da!!!!!!!!
I had a major confrontation with a tram woman in Prague. I got this 24-hour travel pass and forgot to validate it before I got on the tram. A woman came up to me and asked for my ticket, and I just showed her my unvalidated ticket. She went "No stamp!" I was like oh shit, and naturally explained I got here just two hours ago (which was not true...but it just came out) and didn't know I had to do that and tried to get my ticket validated from a little machine right away, and that woman just grabbed the ticket from my hand and ordered me to pay 800 korunas (35 Euros) fine because I didn't have a valid ticket...I was shocked!!!!!! I tried to get away with it by saying things like I just arrived in the city, this is the first tram ride blah blah blah but she didn't even bother to look me in my eyes, she just went "It is your problem". WTF, yeh maybe it's my fault not having my ticket validated but it's not like I didn't have a ticket at all, and isn't a local supposed to explain local rules and help tourists to get around? I didn't have that much money with me, she asked me to get off and go to a bankomat, I was like, "alright...listen....." and I jumped off the tram right before it left the station and dashed, and didn't even look back....... I am a criminal now......... If I could do it again I would turn back to the tram and give her my middle finger!!!!! I totally understand that it's her job to check people's tickets and she probably has the authority to fine people not following rules, but the whole bad attitude and lack of humanity pissed me off big time. It takes many years of history and culture for a place to impress, but it takes one person to ruin it. Too bad!
But clubbing in Prague was fun...at least I had some good memory
The tragic ferry accident back home made me very sad, and I couldn't help to believe that life is really fragile. We must seize the moment and enjoy life. I'm so convinced that I'm doing the right thing now