Gas masks

gas-masks

Subway stations here double as emergency shelters. There’s a few of these emergency supply closets in each subway station. I’ve peered inside, and the greyish-green bags are gas masks (one for each bag, I think), and the blue things at the bottom shelf are wet wipes. Definitely not enough for everyone.

12 hours and $845 later

flight

I flew United Airlines. LAX-SFO-ICN. For some reason, I was in a REALLY old plane. The kind with a large overhead screen shared by everyone, and no personal screen. I haven’t been on one of those for YEARS. I’m spoiled. First world problems, seriously.

 

dinner

Chicken and vegetables. A pretty good brownie (but I have low standards). Salad.

 

breakfast

A cheese and sausage omelette (maybe. couldn’t tell). Mystery meat! A cookie, a bun, and butter.

Tampons

 

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Tampons exist in South Korea. I don’t see this brand everywhere (this is in Lotte Mart), but most convenience stores have tampons. A little pricier than they would be in America, but not pricey enough to justify filling your suitcase with a lifetime’s supply!

All the sites I checked before arriving said that tampons were like a white whale or something. Liars! They’re totally everywhere here.

Some Prague statues

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Next to the river Vltava. I thought this looked like a Buddhist monk, and wondered – what’s a statue of a Buddhist monk doing in Prague? With some googling, I later found out that it’s a statue of Sri Chinmoy.

 

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Barcode babies, by David Černý. Often found on lists of the world’s most terrifying statues.  There are smaller versions (and without barcodes pushed in their faces) on the side of a Prague TV tower (Žižkov Television Tower).

 

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French Market on Kampa, Prague

The Traditional French Market on Kampa (Francouzský Trh) is an annual event – at the west end of Charles Bridge. That’s the side of the bridge that’s away from the city center. Just cross the Charles Bridge, go down the steps, and there you are.

 

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This is the (zoomed-in) view from the Charles Bridge. It’s not far. I don’t have a fancy camera – it’s one of those pocket Canon PowerShots.

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In Prague

Prague and Berlin for the long weekend! But first, Prague.

I stayed at Miss Sophie’s (hostelworld), on the recommendation of my Los Angeles roommate. No, it’s not in the city center. I booked a dorm bed in the hostel, but when I checked in, I found out that the I had been upgraded to a hotel room. Shared with another girl, but never mind that. The hostel said this was because all the other people in the hostel would be guys. I can’t complain.

 

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Probably overpriced. I had no idea. I ordered Králík na česneku, bramborové knedlíky, špenát, standard portion… which Google Translate tells me is “rabbit with garlic, potato dumplings, spinach”.

 

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What does rabbit taste like? Chicken.

 

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Dancing House, a  Frank Gehry building (well, collaboration).

 

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The Danube River from some random riverfront.

 

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There were so many restaurants/cafes on boats, or structures that were posing as boats. I thought they were charming.
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Wallenstein Garden dripstone wall aka “those strange rocks”, from Prague Castle. I couldn’t explore the castle as much as I wanted – the girl I was walking around with was waiting for me outside. The castle is on an incline, and it was too much for her. Sigh. I’ll come back for you someday, Prague Castle.

 

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I liked the bright orange mailboxes.

 
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Lennon Wall. I went out of my way to look for this wall, because I love the Beatles. For the longest time, I thought they were the music of old people. I love them now.

Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin

Today, I ate some fish and chips on the grounds of Christ Church Cathedral. It’s a lovely picnic. The fish and chips were from Leo Burdock’s, just across the street.

 

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Looking quite gray. A bit of a walking distance from the city center of O’Connell Street and the Dublin Spire.

 

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You don’t have to buy fish AND chips. If you just buy fish, it comes with some chips by default. Fish AND an order of chips is a lot more chips. Here’s my order of fresh cod, with the default/free chips.