Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Prague, Czech Republic (8 Bechynova, Prague 6)

Today I’m moving from Prague 6 to Prague 8, which is essentially from one side of the Vitava River to the other. Prague may be one of the cities that I’ll return to often, perhaps for a longer visit, and I’d like to get to know the city, the language, and the local customs to see if it would be a good fit for me.

This morning, I was extra diligent to leave the flat in Prague 6 in excellent condition. The host has taken great care of his flat, with his remodeling, and I’d like to honor his commitment to his home. It just felt like the right thing to do. I saw him just before I left and gave him feedback about his futon bed. While it might be great for him, some travelers may not be able to fully appreciate the firmness of the futon and perhaps investing in a pillow top would add some comfort. Or at least let people know ahead of time that they will be sleeping on a futon. Other than that, I loved his place.

He helped me with the taxi that was taking me to the new Airbnb flat. When I arrived at the Prague 8 flat, the host showed me around and gave me a few hints about the area. The flat is just what I was looking for. It isn’t modern by any stretch of the imagination, but it does has some modern conveniences. I love the high ceilings, large room, the original woodwork and eclectic art. The neighborhood is quiet and I immediately took a nap shortly after I arrived.

After I woke up from a two-hour nap, I hadn’t realized how little good sleep I was getting on the futon bed. By this time I wanted to go to the store and it was after 7:00 and I still needed to make dinner. I was hungry.

A found a small market about 10 minutes away and found enough items to hold me until tomorrow when I’ll buy a few more food items. I brought the remainder of the chicken I bought two days ago, but needed something more to go with it.

I’m also in the middle of making Airbnb reservations in London for the 23 of May to the 30th. My cousin Craig had made plans to visit London and it worked out that I could join him there. He was having trouble figuring out where to stay and I asked if he wouldn’t might sharing a two-bedroom Airbnb flat, and he said that would be great. I now have a list of 15 places that I’ll review and come up with one that will work for both of us.

I was able to get a flight from Bratislava, Slovakia to London for less than $100. I needed to stay an extra day in Bratislava, but I’m sure I can find something to keep me busy there. It is easier if I arrive the same day as Craig, and as it turns out, our arrival flights are about an hour apart, except we’re arriving at different airports. I have some other friends that are going to be in London in June, but I have that month pretty much booked and can change them without incurring penalty charges. I’d like to see every one who is traveling to Europe and want to see me, but I can’t always change plans.

I’ll finalize the London Airbnb flat tomorrow. After tonight’s dinner I’m looking forward to getting to bed early and a full night of sleep. Tomorrow, rain is in the forecast and it wouldn’t bother me to hang around the flat and just go out for shopping and maybe have lunch somewhere in the neighborhood.

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