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Stockholm

After Prague I flew to Stockholm as my last stop before returning home. I arrived to my Airbnb just as rain started pouring. After dodging the rain for a little while I headed out for lunch and Museum of Medieval Stockholm. Most museums in Stockholm were free but unfortunately the free ones also closed at 5pm. I spent the rest of the day strolling around and enjoying sunset at 11pm.

Next day I did two different walking tours, both for the old town and the new city. I had the same guide that Andrew did when he went to Stockholm and the guide repeated the same joke. The city tour was more interesting and I did not know that H&M was a Swedish company. I enjoyed some fish soup in between and struggled to pay to use the toilet. America had switched to chip and signature credit cards but unfortunately some places require chip and pin cards. Thankfully the toilets had a lesser security requirement.

In Stockholm I also bought my subway tickets from an app for the first time. It's quite convenient and almost made me forgive how expensive the rides were. Virtually everything at Stockholm was more expensive than the other cities I've visited on this trip.

Saturday I went to both Swedish History Museum and the Army Museum. Both were excellent. I returned to the old town to stroll for a while and ended up at Stampen for some jazz. I was told that Swedes don't like talking to strangers so I was surprised that someone made small talks with me. Turned out he was Norwegian. I had too much to drink and thought going to an outdoor club was a good idea, but gave up after I saw the line at Trädgården. I decided to end my adventures and headed to the airport for the night.

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by khc on Mon Jun 19 23:05:04 2017 Permlink
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Munich and Berlin

I took anther six hours train ride from Prague to Munich to meet my friend Andrew Gaul. This time the train ride was more miserable because of the lack of wifi. I would write about my days in Munich and Berlin in detail but Andrew already did so I don't have to.

andrew and I

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by khc on Mon Jun 19 21:46:29 2017 Permlink
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Prague

After Vienna I went to Prague first so I can meet up with my friend Andrew later in both Munich and Berlin. Czech Republic also didn't use the Euro and some places accepted Euro but would give you back the change in Czech koruna. I mostly spent the first evening people watching at the Old Town Square and sipping beer. I had more fantasy about Czech beer before I arrived but I suppose living in SF I probably already had most of the great beers and the rest I lack the palate for anyway.

old town square me

Second day I slept in a bit and went to the castle area. It's free to go in but the inner exhibitions required tickets. I was tired to pay to see another church so I opted to just walked around. I met a friend that day and went to the monastery to have a beer. After that we shared a giant pork knee and went to the Hemingway Bar and got a Star Wars themed drink. We ended the night at the 5 story club Karlovy lázně with each floor having its own music. I was sightly embarrassed that my new Indonesian friend knew more American oldies than I did.

castle stairs bridge beer

The next day I wasn't able to get a reservation at Alcron so I ate next door at La Rotonde which was surprisingly excellent. Afterwards I met my friend at National Memorial to the Heroes of the Heydrich Terror which was at the site where the final battle of Operation Anthropoid took place. During WWII German SS Obergruppenführer Reinhard Heydrich was assassinated in Prague and the rebels hid in a church during their final days before they were discovered. All of them were either killed or killed themselves. I had only recently watched the movie based on the event so I enjoyed the small museum which gave more background for the real event.

dancing house

I then met my friend's flatmate who happened to also be Indonesian. I learned that there weren't many Indonesian in Prague and they all knew each other. We strolled to the north side of the river which is apparently where the younger locals hang out. We ended the night at Cash Only Bar and headed back after I got spilled on.

I was supposed to head to Amsterdam and Belgium after Germany but returned to Prague due to travel fatigue. Didn't do a whole lot in those few days except visiting the passable Museum of Communism and went to a great hike near Karlštejn Castle. Also hit my Micheline star restaurant #2 at Alcron. Made the mistake of getting the 6-course with wine pairing because in the end everything tasted like wine.

castle

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by khc on Mon Jun 19 23:02:33 2017 Permlink
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