Prague and Trdelníks
A friend of mine found an advert on facebook offering a trip to prague over the long weekend – intended for students and probably mainly erasmus students who want to see more european cities and party in all of them. The offer claimed bus trips from Aachen/ Cologne and other cities, a city tour, boat trip, pub crawl and party with accomodation in prague which included a swimming pool. The price was too good to be true… we should’ve known it – but we booked.
1st bummer: No pickup in Aachen due to few participants from there – we were asked to come to cologne to start from there – reasonable.. ok.
during the trip: We’re not staying in prague. “the hostel made some errors” we’re staying 15km out of town – and there will be a shuttle service – WTF?!? But somehow most participants didn’t seem to bother much. Since we wanted flexibility to e.g. go to the city and go home whenever we wanted, we started to discuss about this ‘shuttle’ and it’s schedule. Finally, we got promised it’d be hourly. – annoying but acceptable.
After the city tour, we met back at the bus to go to our accomodation 15km away – It was in the middle of nowhere and took us about 2.5h hours to get there :-O And we ended up in wood-bungalows without electricity, heating or isolation. But the travel-time was the most annonying. Also, suddenly the schedule for the shuttle was ‘After partying we meet at 3:30 a.m. to leave to the camp. That’s the only bus.’
Long story short: when the price seems to good to be true (given you’re familiar with the local price level) don’t do it :D. We spent most of the weekend with annoying discussions with the organizators who broke their promises again and again – and finally managed to get 30% off our initial payment. We tried to enjoy the beautiful city anyway so here are a few pictures ;).
Next time: Plane + Airbnb