Amazingly, I actually woke up after a few hours of sleep, and got out the door in time to explore! I took the subway up to Malostranská and climbed about a billion steps (at least the non-American tourists were also out of breath), and got my daily exercise at least. The castle was like a fucking village (I think it’s the biggest castle complex in the world?), of which I did not see all, but it was really cool.
I bought the basic access ticket, but didn’t actually make much use of it, just because most of the exhibits/buildings were so packed, but I did go in the Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower, which was like a big display of medieval weapons and armor and a torture chamber, juxtaposed with a lot of slap-happy “best Christmas shop in the world!” souvenir shops.
Fucking weird to imagine, like, actual people wearing those suits of armor.
St. Vitus Cathedral was a lot less macabre and holy fucking shit impressive. Like, excuse the spam of photos of the same building, but jesus christ.
After that I was going to take my leave, because I’d been wandering around for a good couple hours and my almost-sprained ankle and back fuckery were beginning to protest, but I looked at the map and realized there was a big area I hadn’t even noticed, so I turned around and headed back. When I got back to the square, there was a huge crowd at one of the gates that definitely hadn’t been there a few minutes before, so of course I wandered over. Apparently I had by random chance got there right at noon, when and where the Changing of the Guard takes place. Which I didn’t know was a thing, to be perfectly honest, so that was a neat surprise.
And that was about as much throngs as I could handle, so I finally worked my way out — and went to the Charles Bridge, which was just about as packed. Fucking gorgeous, though, and incredible views of the city and the river.
Aaaaand now I catch a bus to Bratislava in three hours. Fortunately the station is about a ten-minute walk from here, but I should probably, like… pack. And shower. AKA fuck around on the internet until I have literally no more time to waste, pack in a hurry, probably don’t shower, and leave something important behind.
See you in Slovakia!