It's forty years today since the Soviet tanks arrived in Prague to "take control", amidst student unrest. The uprising was supressed, many people were killed, and the Russian troops shot at the National Museum, believing it was the home to the Czech radio station which had been broadcasting anti-Russian programming. Forty years later, there was … Continue reading Prague Spring Anniversary
I haven't written much about food on this trip. At the risk of sounding parochial, it's mostly because most of what I've eaten so far has been pretty bloody awful. Put simply, it hasn't been anywhere near the quality for anywhere near the price of what I can get at home. Food-wise, I don't expect … Continue reading Fly On The Wall in Prague
“Wake up, wake up, mate. You've got to get out of my bed. Wake up!”, I said to the young bloke taking up more than his fair share of my bed in the middle of last night. Unfortunately, it's not as sordid as it might sound. He was a young Australian bloke who had arrived … Continue reading Guess Who’s Been Sleeping In My Bed?
Although I'm sure it would have been useful, I've been holding off on buying an umbrella while travelling. I've been thinking it's just one more bit of crap to carry around. And besides, I have a very good leather jacket, which is both warm and water-proof, and I also have a cap that keeps my … Continue reading Out Of The Rain (And Smoke)
My main plan for the day was a four-hour tour which started at about lunchtime. Anticipating I was gonna be bloody hungry by the end of it, I snacked on a Czech sausage from a road-side stall just before-hand. The sausage was pretty tasty, and for about $2 Australian, I got a 600ml bottle of … Continue reading Lovin’ Prague
So which airport would you like me to describe first? Today, I've visited three different airports in three different countries: Latvia, Belgium and now the Czech Republic. And although it sounds like a bit of a drag – all in the name of a cheap airfare – it was actually loads of fun. My first … Continue reading Riga, Brussels and Prague