About an hour north of Prague is the area called Ceske Raj or Bohemian Paradise. The area is scattered with sandstone tables, forests and quaint castles. Together with the IAESTE interns in town we went there for a Sunday hike yesterday.
The weather was really nice and the trees were slowly starting to change into autumn costumes.
The last week we have also been hosting Ryan and Marisol, two American CouchSurfersÂ who are travelling Europe on their 8th months now. It is amazing how many places they have been and it makes me tick to go on big trip. SeeÂ Ryans great pictures at Flickr.
This past weekend Mehmet fired up his Skoda and we went on a westbound road trip. Mehmet is a Turkish friend from IAESTE Prague and together with Femi, me and Mehmet s friend Murat, we started out Thursday night around 1am. We got to the German border about an hour later.
I never realized how privileged I am being pale and having a Danish passport. Going in and out of countries have never taken me a long time. This time was quite different however. Apparently there was a stamp in Mehmet s passport that wasn t right so it took almost 2 hours before they finally let us through. That set us back quite a lot in time and it took us until Friday afternoon before we reached Breda, Netherlands were we met up with Aytek another of Mehmet s friends.
All three Turkish guys works for ExxonMobil so in we got the tour when we went to pick up Aytek. Here are Murat, Aytek, [Aytek’s coworker], Mehmet and [another coworker].
Friday night we spend in the old and beautiful city of Bruges, Belgium. Here are the guys in front of the Belfry Tower from 1280.
Femi and I crashed at a hostel in town while the other guys went on to met another friend. Saturday the next stop was Antwerp were we stayed for the afternoon walking the city and getting some true Belgium fries.
And then it was on to Amsterdam with the Red Light District, coffee shops and canals everywhere. We all had a blast and ended the night at the night club Escape which must be one of the biggest in Amsterdam.
We ended up with two 50 euros parking fines and since we couldn t find a hotel or hostel we slept in the cars. Everyone was tired so it wasn t as bad as expected and Sunday morning we went for a short walk around Amsterdam before driving the 10 hours back to Prague.
Another awesome weekend is over so fast!
[ Update 13/9] Murat just uploaded his pictures and there are gems like this two: