A final friends catch up…

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We changed plans a few times in Europe, both based on budget and time. Prague is a city that I really wanted to see and luckily enough an old friend  of ours lived in the centre and invited us to spend some time with him.

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We ended up taking a day train from Budapest and as luck would have it, we ticked off another of our bucket list, fine dinning on the train. It was really a surprise to find a restaurant of that standard on a train. Straight out of a movie, with massive glass windows for maximum viewing, fine cut glass and very cheap A-grade food. It’s one of those moments when you sit back and don’t have to say anything.

We arrived in Prague to be met by Kuba, our friend who showed us to our Air Bnb Accommodation. Air BnB is always a bit of a lottery. Overall its been a bit of a disappointment, as a lot of the time the accommodation is not like the pictures and can be quite dirty. Luckily, we hit the lottery this time, as the apartment had a great view of daily life, was next to Prague centre and was exceptionally clean.

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Meeting a friend who is native to a city is always the best. We’ve really enjoyed meeting travellers, but having that local knowledge of where to eat, what to see and just generally how to fit in quicker makes a city so much better.

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Luckily, Kuba, who lived a minutes walk from where we were was able to spend a lot of time with us and the kids really liked him, after having met him in SA when we were working together.

Kuba made our Prague visit, introducing us to the most fantastic local restaurants and showing me some of the less touristy spots on a great Saturday walk around the harbor. We were also spoilt with a braai in a locals mystical garden…

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Although the kids really liked Prague, they are kids after all and really missed some child friendly things to do. As fate would have it, our overnight bus to Switzerland was fully booked, so we decided to make the 1000 km journey into a road trip and hire a car for a week, returning it to the airport in Switzerland.

Lee-Anne, whom I met in Japan when she was teaching and one of Ronelle’s best friends from University, was now living in Neu Ulm, Germany, which happened to be on our way to Switzerland, so we decided to camp out at her place for a few night’s and catch up again.

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We also surprised Kai, who is the biggest Lego fan, by taking him to LegoLand, an incredible little town completely made out of Lego. He had trouble breathing for the first 5 minutes of our Legoland visit and was running around like a mad man, not really being able to comprehend the amounts of Lego that were around him. He also got to meet his “hero” Darth Vader..

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Needless to say, the kids got their fix and before we knew it, we were kissing Lee-Ann goodbye and were on the road again, this time to visit the ex CEO of Tourism Radio, in a little town called Biehl. Once again, it was great to catch up with Jacques, Regula and their beautiful kids, Jill, Raul and Freddy the dog.

Watch out for Jill, she won the mixed doubles Junior Olympics and is well on her way to winning Wimbledon. I’m looking forward to sitting in the members enclosure “golf clapping” when she holds the gold trophy. She has promised to mention me in her speech.

Our last few days in Switzerland were spent at a friends flat, relaxing and planning our US adventure and as usual, with a blink of an eye, we were on a plane eating chicken or beef winging our way to New York…