At 7:30AM I was awoken by the girls in the hostel getting ready for the day. Somehow I was the last one up, even for it being so early! I didn't have much planned for the morning, as I had a train ride to catch in the afternoon, so I slowly got ready for the day and packed up my bag to check out. I said bye to my new friend and wished her well on her journey through Czech Republic and Slovakia! When I checked out, I left my bag at the front desk so I could wander the city without my heavy pack. The only thing on my agenda for the day was to go to a coffee shop and read while drinking endless cappuccinos, if only every day was like that! haha!
The walk to Proti Proudu Bistro was about a mile. The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day for a walk to a less touristy part of town! I saw many people walking around with a crescent shaped pastry and I walked past a stand on the street selling them so I decided to stop and try it. The one I got had vanilla pudding and powdered sugar on top, sugar for breakfast? YES PLEASE. I ate my pastry while I continued my walk to the coffee shop, finding it on a quiet side street. The coffee shop was adorable on the inside, and many of the tables were full of smiling people. I ordered a cappuccino and asked the server what she thought I should have for breakfast. After trying to ask a few different ways, she finally understood and told me that they make their museli in house and it comes with fresh fruit, she said it was her favorite! The food was delicious and the coffee was also good! Not the worlds best, that's currently Coffee Collective, but it was much better than most I've had! I sat for an hour or so reading and just enjoying having nowhere to be.
On my walk back to the hostel to grab my bag, I saw a couple second hand stores and popped in to see if I could find a shirt for a party I was going to in a few days. I was told, after I had my bag packed and was in Denmark, that I was supposed to wear black and white to the party. I didn't bring a black or white shirt with me, so I had to find something in a pinch! Aside from a shirt for the party, I found a couple other cute tank tops! Once I got my bag from the hostel, I needed to find the train station to catch a ride to Pilsen with AH (the bride) and her son, SC! I, of course, ended up at the wrong train station. There were two stations close to one another and I went to the wrong one. After running to the correct station, I found them waiting for me, only slightly worried I wouldn't show. SC and AH had already had a 4 hour train ride that morning, so they were ready to be home!
We boarded our train and there were no seats for us. I was a tiny bit annoyed no one moved for AH and her baby boy, but we made do on the floor in a car with some other people. SC had room to walk around and play, so I think it ended up better anyways! He fell asleep once I blew up my camping pillow for him, it was a much needed nap, poor buddy was exhausted! The train took us past rolling yellow hillsides that AH said were used for oil. It was beautiful, but she told me the plant is actually quite stinky! Our train ride was almost 2 hours, and brought us to Pilsen. AH's parents were there to meet them and her mom took us to their town, Stribro. The drive was another 20 minutes and we drove through a number of villages before we reached her town! Stribro is small and beautiful and it used to be a silver mining town, Stribo actually means 'silver'! After being in congested Prague, it felt good to be in an authentic Czech town! By the time we arrived it was past SC's bedtime, so we put him to bed and went out to dinner while her mom stayed back with the boy. AH's mom lives right near the town square, so everything was just a 2 minute walk! It was a chilly evening, so I chose a potato soup in a bread bowl with a side of veggies to warm up my belly! Like most meals I have when I travel, it was so tasty! We were both pretty pooped from travel, more so AH than I.. but we called it a night and went to bed pretty early! I feel so lucky to be experiencing this part of the Czech Republic, I can't wait for the next few days with AH, her friends, and her family!