I know it is unprecedented that someone who has moved away from Coventry returns, however in under 8 weeks I will be doing exactly that!
It has been a difficult decision to make, moving away from Manchester and leaving a brilliant job at CAP, however I think it should have an extremely positive outcome.
I have a new job lined up at a great open source software development company in Coventry where I will be the project manager. I’m really looking to getting stuck into this role!
Also it will be great to be closer to most of the family as at the moment it takes a two hour journey just to visit. Of course it will be extremely sad moving away from Manchester where I have lived for the past four years, leaving some great friends behind but I feel it is time to do something different!
It was harder to get on the internet during the last couple of days in Prague so sorry for the delay in updates!
There was so much to do in Prague and we only managed to see a small part of what it has to offer, however here is a summary of the last few days we spent there.
On Tuesday we explored New Town which seemed more like traditional city centre shopping area lined with mostly ‘fasion’ shops like Hugo Boss. The price of food and drink in this area of Prague is extremely high, and is where we found our most expensive pint priced at nearly Â£4 (we didn’t buy one). However, if you look hard enough you can find more reasonable prices. We ate at CafÃ© Jungmann which is just off Wenceslav Square, where we had a two course meal for about Â£3.
Tuesday afternoon we walked all the way up to the observation tower which overlooks Prague. The tower looks a little like a much smaller version of the Eiffel Tower or the Blackpool Tower an gives a great view over the city centre. It cost about Â£2, however it was probably worth it. The parks around the observation tower are beautiful, and we managed to find a cafÃ© on the way down which meant we could enjoy the park and beer simultaneously.
Wednesday was a very chilled out day mostly spent pottering around around, enjoying parks, drinking coffee and beer while reading. It was a very relaxing day and wes very refreshing spend time doing very little in such beautiful surroundings.
We also visited Prague Cathedral on Wednesday which was an amazing bulding. Climing the tower seemed to take forever and we saw some people turning back only half way up. The Cathedral is a must see sight in Prague!
The best restaurant we visited during our time in Prague was probably Restaurace Stoleti which is on KarolÃny SvetlÃ©. I had leg of rabbit which was brilliant. The food in Prague all seems to be like more traditional British food such as stews with dumplings and you will very rarely find strong flavours. I enjoyed evey meal I had while there which is a good sign!
Yesterday was our second day in Prague and what a great day it was!
Prague is probably the most beautiful city I have ever visited. It is such a colourful and vibrant city covered in so much history. So far we have only managed to visit the Little Quarter, the castle area and some parts of the Old Quarter.
We have some amazing photos, however we aren’t allowed to upload them in the internet cafe so you will have to wait until we return.
Yesterday evening was really good fun. We managed to get cheep tickets to an excellent concert at the Academy of Music, which we followed with a traditional dinner. The restaurant was by river side and was reccomended to us by someone who visits Prague regularly and it didn’t fail to deliver. Roo and I both had a traditional plate of beef, dumplings, cranberries and cream sauce, yum!
One think I have noticed is that there is huge difference in the price depending on where you go to eat or drink. We made the mistake yesterday of sitting down and ordering a coffee without viewing the price list first, and got a surprise when the bill was nearly 6 pounds. Also, on the night we arrived we went to a local bar and I was shocked to find beer was about 2 pounds for a quarter litre of beer. At first I assumed beer was expensive and only served in halves like other parts of Europe, however when we went to a ‘locals’ bar the same night, we were getting half litres of beer for just over a pound.
We have arrived in Prague after a very uneventful journey. It still doesn’t feel much like we are abroad, apart from the smokey smell of my clothes after going to the pub!
So far, we have managed to:
- get from the airport to our hostel
- wake up our very messy Chinese room mates
- find the most expensive bar in Prague with very questionable material on the T.V. (ask Roo)
- find the cheapest bar in Prague (so far) which sells a half litre of beer for just over a pound
Unfortunately, they computer I am using is Czech so I am finding it very difficult to find basic keys such as the forward slash and pound symbol. If someone could send us a uk computer by tomorrow, that would be great! (Send to Paul Bain, Prague)
In about 20 minutes time I am leaving for Prague! It doesn’t t feel like I’m on holiday yet however I’m guessing as soon as I’m on the plane it will!
Here is what I know about this holiday:
- I’m going to Prague
- Prague is in the Czech Republic
- I’m going today and returning on thursday
Here is what I don’t know about this holiday:
- Where exactly we are staying
- When and were I am flying from
- What there is to do in Prague
- Everything else!
Fortunately, my ever efficient house mate Roo has everything under control so I will just follow him around until we find the first bar and I’ll probably just stay there!
[imdb:iron man]I am a big fan of Marvel films and Iron Man was no exception! I had heard some reviews of the film weren’t that positive so I expected the worse and fortunately it was great!
Robert Downey Jr was definitely the right man for the role of Stark and it was nice to see Gwyneth Paltrow back in film!
In summary, go see it!