I’m coming down to my final days in Prague- I’m flying home Saturday week! Time has really gone by so fast. Too fast.
Not long before I came to Prague I set myself up a small bucket list. I had been researching all the best ways to settle in, and one of the top tips was to have a bucket list ready to jump into whenever times got tough.
Today, I’m dedicating a post to that bucket list- which I’m so happy to say I’ve completed almost all of. Almost.
Learn some (basic) Czech phrases
If you didn’t know, I took on beginner’s Czech as part of my classes, and I’ve been loving every bit of it. I’m certainly not fluent by any standards, but it’s so nice to be able to go into a shop and order a coffee or whatever I may want.
Luckily, through the Czech class, I’ve made some of my closest Erasmus friends. It’s become a lovely tradition to go for a beer after our classes, something I’ll definitely miss when I’m back in Ireland.
Visit the Dancing House
I didn’t actually end of up visiting the Dancing House, but I have passed it on the commute via tram! It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, to be honest. It took me a minute to realize I was actually passing the Dancing House.
Still pretty and quirky though.
Visit Golden Lane
Eimear and I accidentally stumbled across Golden Lane the first week I was in Prague. It’s so fabulous, and again, quite quirky, with so many different colours!
Try different Czech dishes (Trdelnik, Goulash)
Czech food is pretty damn good, I’m gonna come out and say it! I’ve tried svyckova, and trdelnik, and I am obsessed!
I tried Svyckova at Kutna Hora, in an attempt to be traditional, and was surprised to learn I really enjoyed it!
I was a bit wary of trdelnik initially, I was passing through the street to Charles Bridge, and they are quite pricey! That said, I genuinely didn’t think I’d finish it either. Trdelnik is 50czk in the Christmas Market at Namesti Miru, and that’s where I first tried, and they are absolutely amazing. Not truly Czech, but still.
Last week, I found a shop in Prague 1 that did white chocolate Trdelnik and they were equally as amazing, possibly even more?!
Something else I’ve been loving at the Christmas Markets is Bramborovy Spirals!
See the guards change at Prague Castle
Prague Castle is amazing– it’s so big and beautiful. Unfortunately, I’ve never made it there for 12 noon which is when the guards are said to change. Maybe this can be on an end of semester bucket list?
Visit the John Lennon Wall and Kampa Island
The John Lennon was one of the first things on mine and Eimear’s bucket list, and we hastily ticked that off on the 3rd of 4th day we were in Prague. The John Lennon Wall was all that I expected and more. It was genuinely a little breathtaking, and so spectacular.
I’m not sure if it is done every day, but the day we went there was even music from John Lennon and the Beatles which added to a fabulous atmosphere.
Cross Charles Bridge
Tick! Charles Bridge is so spectacular. It’s so amazing how busy it is, and yet how busy it isn’t at night time. I’ve been to Charles Bridge many times, and even crossed it once or twice!
Visit the Christmas Markets!
The last week and a half have been spent on the Christmas Markets. There is so many, so I’m currently trying to go as many as possible! Keep posted, I’m gonna share more on the amazing Czech Christmas Markets next week!
Where I live, at home there is no Christmas Markets, and I’m pretty sour about that now that I know what Christmas Markets actually feel like. Every time I can’t get over how amazing they are, and all the food and hot wine!
Visit at least one of the 280 museums
A few weeks ago, my friends and I went to the newly reopened Narodní Museum. It was free entry and was so amazing. There was so much to see and indulge on- something for everyone!
I believe it is free entry until the end of the year, but if you intend on going go early because the queues are sooooo long!
See the 2nd ugliest building in the world
The Zizkov Tower is located in Zizkov, Prague 3. Pretty close to where I live, actually. I’m unsure about it being the second ugliest in the whole world, but who am I to go against everyone else?
It’s definitely unusual, that’s for sure, but not in a bad way, in my opinion.
Taste mulled wine, and taste the different Czech beers
I’ve definitely acquired a taste for beer whilst I’ve been in Prague. How could you not for a little over the equivalent of €1? There is so much to choose from, both light and dark, and I’m proud to announce I’ve even tried dark beer on more than one occassion.
Something I find so interesting is the rarity of pint glasses. They are more like glass mugs, something you definitely wouldn’t get in Ireland.
Have dinner at Rocky O’Reilly’s
I’ve yet to make it to Rocky O’Reilly’s, and I doubt I will at this stage. I’ve been loving the Irish Times, just off Old Town Square. I had dinner there so that counts cause it’s Irish also, right?
Go to the Tiki Taky Cocktail Bar
This was the first thing ticked off my bucket list, thanks to Eimear! The very first night we’d planned to have dinner and go there for a few quite cocktails. It’s so amazing to think back to that night and look at how everything has developed and how much I’ve changed from that day. Mad, eh?
The Tiki Taky Cocktail Bar is literally the most amazing thing ever, and one of my favourite places in all of Prague!
Go to Klub Karlovy Lazne
I’m so disappointed to learn that Klub Karlovy Lazne is apparently the biggest tourist trap in the whole of Prague, and not even all the nice a tourist trap. I’m still hanging on to the hope of possibly going to the Ice Bar before I come home, but who knows.
When I return (and I will.) this will be the first thing on my bucket list. Is it really a tourist trap if you know you are going to one?
Go to a Beer Garden
There are so many beer gardens in Prague, and the most popular (that I’ve heard of anyway) is Letna. There are lots and lots of steps- typical Prague, but the view after is amazing. Eimear and I explored in the first week, and the weather was still pretty fabulous so it was pretty nice to have such a fabulous view and then chill with a few drinks also.
I’ve explored a little bit more of the Czech Republic, and this weekend I’m going to Poland (I’m sooooo excited!).
Make loads of new memories & friends!
I’ve made so many friends and learned so much about different cultures. I’ve also made so many memories with my friends, from ice- skating to going to Christmas Markets to some quiet drinks.
So, as I said, for the most part, pretty much completed! I’ve had such a positive experience. This is something I’m definitely going to talk more about in the coming weeks!
14 Days to Christmas!