- Canon Eos Elan
- Tamaron AF 19-35mm f3.5-4.5
- Sigma 28-105mm f2.8-4 Aspherical
- Quantary 70-300 f4-5.6 1:2 macro
- Canon 50mm 1.8
- Kodak 800 speed film, used almost excluusively.
- HP negative scanner
- Sony DSC-P50 Point and shoot Digital Camera.
11.23.02 Our flight was pretty painless, each seat had a tv, and Aaron and I hung out at the back of
the plane talking to some of the other passengers.
11.24.02 Took Die Bahn to Stuttgart and went to the Porsche museum. They didn't seem to know anything
about the daily two hour tours advertised on their website, and of the 180+ cars they have, only
20 are displayed at one time. Their brocure reads; Porsche won 1st 2nd and 3rd place in the 1970 Marathon de la Route, and a third
1st place win for the 911 in the same year. Aaron and I found it funny how they avoid mentioning it was the 914 that won 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Porsche Museum
We stayed at "the" youth hostle in Frankfurt for 17 Euros. I was awake at 2am and talked
with Johannes at the front desk all morning. German youth after graduating high school must serve
for 10 months in social service, or 6 months in the military. They make 1.5 Euro
an hour working for the hostle! Johannes said he has a girlfriend in Reno.
Delerously tired, Aaron and I at the Munich Hauptbahnhof, waited 6 hours for the night train to
Prague. The "couchette" was prettty comfortable and we got our first good night sleep. It was funny how the train would slow down to a crawl around some turns, this was because the turns were banked the wrong direction. Looking out the window we could see the horizon shifting quite a bit.
11.25.02 The outskirts of Prague look pretty rough, like something out of a WW2 movie. We were bombarded with
people asking us if we had accomadations as soon as we got off the train. It was quite a
challenge to find a working pay phone in Prague, one day I tried 11 phones in a row before finding one that worked. Phones are the only thing we found to be expensive in Prague, they were about a dollar a minute.
Sharka (the aupar we met in California over the summer)
showed us around the whole time we were in Prague. She thought it was funny we were using a tram ticket for dogs (as opposed to adult fare). We also learned you can call a boy younger than yourself a Vitamin.
A tea and hukka house, their menu of teas was about 30 pages. When you are seated they give you a
call bell to ring when you are ready to order. Sarka says this is where people go on dates to
"taste heads". We didn't see a single starbucks or gas station in Prague. This is what typical rooms look like, walls in buildings are typically 8" thick concete.
Aaron and I stayed at
, which was right in the middle of Prauge, about a block from Old town Square and a block from
Charles Bridge. It cost us about 15 bucks a night, and most of the time we had our 4 bed room to ourselves. One night we had a
roomie named Raul from UK who bought a house in Bulgaria for 30k pounds, he was planning on getting "extremely drunk" that night. Aaron
I wandered around, and found a small pub that was open by Charles bridge, the people there were really friendly. The owner showed
us the water marks from the flood and even gave us about 20 postcards that show the damage.
Earlier in the morning this guy had approached us looking for a washboard. He was really rude, so this girl told him to F off.
While we were eating breakfast, he came up and grabbed her throat and started yelling, don't talk to arab like that! I guess
he couldn't handle a woman putting him in his place. There were 4 Austrian Sschwarzenegger types ready to give him a good beat down.
Somehow I managed to rub all the ink off my airline ticket. So after waiting an hour for them to print a new ticket, and waiting in line at the security checkpoint, Aaron and I were among the last four people on the flight!