Day 5 – Berlin to Prague

Our train was due to depart from Berlin Station at around 11:03am. This meant an early kick off and we’d have to check out of the hostel before 10am latest. We managed to get to the station pretty early due to my excellent knowledge of the underground system and had just over an hour to kill. We found a small supermarket which happened to sell nail clippers so I said to Tiff, “I’m going to have to get some of these as I’ll not be able to play guitar when I get back otherwise” so I bought them along with three Ice Age toothbrushes. Tiff bought some bits of different coloured melon or something for her breakfast but I fancied something with a bit more substance. There was a Maccies next door so I went there. Got a chicken fillet burger, scraped off all the nonsense with an overcooked chip and added some ketchup. Lovely stuff.

We then headed for platform 1. It felt really strange as there was nobody across any of the platforms down there and we thought we’d have the train to ourselves. I turned around and noticed we were at the wrong end of platform 1 and the train was at the other end with loads of people getting on it. We made haste towards the train running with our coffees in hand. Normally I would have beaten Tiff at a short distance sprint but as she crept ahead I was held back with laughter at her penguin run. It was like ‘Happy Feet’ the film. As we approached the sliding doors there was a family I suspected to be Romanian who were frantically trying to board the train. Panic had set in as the doors were closing and half their luggage and children were still on the platform. They managed to get on as did we before scaling the train for non reserved seats. We found a carriage not too dissimilar to the one used in The Grand Budapest Hotel…


We weren’t alone in the carriage though, at the window sat what can only be described as the most German man. Being respectful I refrained from taking a photo of at this point however he looked a little like this…


After just over four hours we had arrived in Prague, it was raining and miserable. I said to Tiff, “Why didn’t you just book us a country where it was sunny instead?” I think she’s pretty used to my gags now so she just pretended it never happened. 

It was around 4pm and we were in a supermarket at the station. I needed some salt spray for my hair and had noticed some on the shelf. It looked to be €139 and I nearly dropped through the floor. Then we realised that this country used a different currency and panic set in. We went up to help desk and asked, “What currency do you use here?” “Corona” she replied. I said, “It’s too early for beers calm yourself down.” She replied “No, the currency we use here is Czech Koruna.” I already knew that but admittedly had forgotten the name. She then told us they would charge 20% to change the currency. I asked if they were the tax office, she said no. We went to an ATM and took out the appropriate currency there instead. Easy as peas.

We couldn’t check in till 5pm so we grabbed some food at the station. We had two pints and two main meals for a tenner, it was bliss. Although I can’t really get used to the amount of head on the beer in Europe. Felt fleeced…


I made the mistake of having a pasta dish with loads of jalapeños in it. Although it was delightful it blew my head off and let’s just says I’m paying for it as I write this post.

After a short taxi ride we arrived at the hostel. I reckon this is the nicest one yet with a great bar, lounge and social area. They had a Karaoke night on and it was pretty interesting…

Tiff loved the Karaoke and kept trying to get me to go up. I told her, “Never in a month of Sunday’s.” and continued to watch…


After this we went next door to a lovely little place called ‘Charlies’ where Tiff sat on a swing at the bar…


Before leaving for the hostel we stopped off at another supermarket as we needed some European plugs to charge our phones. It was a pretty offensive shop…


I then walked towards the back of the shop and noticed their weapons collection…


We felt pretty threatened so got what we needed and left pretty quickly.

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