Spending Few hours in Prague

Astronomical Clock of Prague

On our way to Budapest ( relevant post coming...) we decided to make a quick stop in a rainy Prague to stroll in the old city's alleys. I have heard before that Prague was magical with all her castles and grace, but that warm rain really transformed her in a fairytale's set that pops out of the mist.

We indeed had so little time, just enough to check the hourly show of the Astronomical clock, the Charles' Bridge, the twisting alleys around the castle and the castle itself. Our reward for all this walking was delicious, but touristy and a little expensive, roasted pork, sauerkraut (traditional German pickled cabbage), spicy sausages and a big cup of beer to keep us warm and running. :)

a mariorettes shop - Prague
streets of Prague
Charle's Bridge and palaces- Prague
roast port with sour cabbage and beer- Prague
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Prague streets
Charle's Palace - Prague
stained glass windows - Prague
the view of Prague from the Charle's Palace
train station Prague

Expect the rest of our little trip in the beautiful and sad Budapest.

In the meantime take a minute to celebrate with us and take part in this super duper giveaway! 

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

Pardubice tour || day 2

At Bajer Cafe, probably my favorite photo from the whole tour!

At Bajer Cafe, probably my favorite photo from the whole tour!

♫ ♪  Alt-J (∆) - Taro

So here we are again with the "Pardubice tour". “With what ?”, you would say. Ohh, didn't I tell you that we had a tour with my music band? Please hear our songs on the internet, our band’s name is: we-went-to-visit-our-erasmus-friend-in-Pardubice-and-I-am-a-terrible-liar-too. But I think that we should change it, we need something more short and catchy. Anyway you can see the tour's first day here. So the second day of our trip took place in Pardubice too. After yesterday’s last day's walk all over the city we decided that we earned spending that day for meals, coffees and chill out time at the university’s campus.


So, first stop! Road Cafe. This is one of the most famous cafe-bars in Pardubice and it's totally not possible to find a seat there in the evening, so I guess we were lucky. Or everyone else was working that hour at that city. Anyway, this place is sooo coolish! It came out from a Tarantino's movie, the abandoned, lonely cafe in the middle of a hot desert in Texas. Yeah...

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Then coffee time! We were among Bajer and Bajer Café (a.k.a. living myths there). There are two Bajern cafes in town, the one next to Pernstejn Square and rumors say that it has the best hot chocolate ever. The other one has a magnificent place outside to sit and a secret garden. We choose the second one, we are visual gals.

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And we did so well choosing that. Apparently, we ordered only one chocolate pie over there, but since Czechs’ relationship with English is not the best one, we ended up with 3 of them. Not bad, not bad at all if you ask me now. And their cappuccino was as cappuccinos must be, creamy and delightful.

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Now indoors, this place was so kitsch, that it ended being normal. There were too many little things everywhere. I wanted to take some photos of kitschy things and I couldn't focus anywhere, it was crazy man. So, I took 1 general photo and let's getta out to enjoy our coffee.


Then it was time for some sunbathing back at the campus. Because of the permanent dull weather here, in such unexpected sun break outs everyone takes his quilt and splashes into the warm grass. Apparently, that day there were some concerts near the campus and everyone was there. Collecting sun beams and listening to music all day. But, it was unfamiliar to us the drunk/sober % all around us. I understand that beer is so cheap that you rather spill it than drink it (0,4Lit for 0,5euros - yeah I know, mindfuck), but you can't drink from the 1pm until late at night from plastic 2Lit beer bottles (there are in supermarkets too, it's hilarious)  to be able to have fun. I was thinking that Greeks drink, but there they drink as there won’t be tomorrow never again to drink then. It's unbelievable. Anyway, back to the sun I will go now.

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+ Our favorite pub, just beside our dorm, Dydy Baba . With 4$, you could eat a whole family pizza and 0,8Lit of beer there.

+ Also, we experienced the most kitchy-itchy-tiny-weeny bar-club in the world, Klec Disco, which welcomes you with a fried potatoes smell when entering and with the scariest bodyguard ever. Inside there is a mini stage for people to dance with poles too, don't ask me why people.

+ Also, I can hear you thinking: "She want to Pardubice and instead of eating some kind of traditional goulash or something she was going to American bars. What a victim.” For our defense, we would go to St. Patrick, a really nice Irish pub, with traditional Czech dishes (yeah to an Irish bar, people here are multicultural, okey?), but it was closed and deserted, although its music was playing normally. Strange things happen.

If you want to see our 1st day's adventures in Partubice, come here

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!

Pardubice tour || day 1

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So, earlier this month we had the opportunity to visit a friend of ours, who does her Erasmus studies in the small city of Pardubice, in Czech Republic. However, this trip was a success, because made it visiting Prague and Budapest too. And our trip was a 5-days one. In the end of each day our feet were aching, but it felt good guys. We saw every. little. thing. So, fasten your seat belts, next stop is  Pardubice, Czech Republic!


Pardubice may be a small city, with a great campus, of 90,000 inhabitants, but it's not the city’s impression that you first receive. Even the city center does not resemble a city-city. The trees and their calmness possess the territory. So, 2 of the 5 days we stayed in this little green paradise. Rumors say that the locals pay fines of they don't own a dog or a bicycle when going out of their houses. Yes, there were dogs and bicycles everywhere.

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The first day we walked the whole historic and non-historic city's center. We started from Pernstejn Square with its big green gate, the pastel of dollhouses, the each-one-is-different-from-the-others facades and the most beautiful pruned platanus ever.

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And we continued our walk through the old city...

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A visit to the castle of Pardubice, just for the pathway through the city with its traditional cobblestones, was necessary. The yard of the castle is really beautiful with its many free peacocks, here's a little albino one, but the interior parts, to some of which you pay a ticket to enter, aren't something exceptional.

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After this rain of flowers' confetti, I was walking around with hundreds of petals in my hair. Like a little elf, which lost its way to the forest and was wandering in the big city. They were so beautiful and so hard to be removed from my hair.

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Outside the municipal theater of Pardubice we were caught by an unexpected (!) wave of laughter. Like we didn’t have enough great time, like we weren't tearing enough from laughter. Generally we were very amused in the whole trip, in case you haven't already noticed. Educational and fun that trip was.

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The " what Tyra Banks taught me " effect - 1:44

The "what Tyra Banks taught me" effect - 1:44

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Well the first thing you will notice in such cities of Νorth Europe is the green spots. Green spots and parks everywhere. And the people in the parks. Like how is Greece with such things, eeeh like nothing to do with that. The sun's heat doesn't burn you and the river's dew refreshes you so much. And we are talking about mid-May, right? In many cities in Greece, you would rip your skip off your muscles under such circumstances.

With river Elbe crossing the city, the platanus and the abeles are smitten and thriving. And the citizens tend to exploit that environment at its fullest with bike/pedestrian pathways by the river's banks, under the thick foliage. Magical.

If you want to know more about our 2nd day's adventures, here

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Déspina Kortesidou

Déspina Kortesidou was born with the April flowers sometime in the '90s in the sunny peninsula of Greece. She is a graduating master student of neuroscience & metabolism, and a born adventurer.

(3rd person statements sound so official, love it)

She founded In Whirl of Inspiration, back in 2011 when she was (just) a biology student, in the island of Crete. In Whirl of Inspiration started as a creative and writing outlet for when studying molecules, became too monotonous. Recently, she started writing a children book and a not-so-children's book about the civil war in Greece. She has a soft spot for cheese, elder people, and (her own) jokes, but can't tell any as she ruins them by laughing too early. She enjoys sharing advice for eating healthier, or inspiring people to cover themshelves with plants, color and confetti.

Feel free to email her at hello@inwhirlofinspiration.com, or find her on Instagram and Twitter. (breaking the 3rd person narration to thank you properly)

Thank you so much for reading!