Starting the trip around the world.
PRAGUE, Czech Republic- It’s leaving day. The second of four sessions that we’re doing in Prague between 2018-2019 is over. The next one comes at the end of February. The one after that at the end of May.
Prague is never a bad stop. There’s actually few better places to set up a base of operations in. The only downfall is the archaic internet — although it doesn’t seem as bad as Germany or Poland.
Prague is one of those cities that get better with time. It’s tough to reply make something of a big city when you try to hop of a jet for a high-pass 48 hour spiel. You just kind of sheep-in with the other tourists, spend a bunch of money while not really taking much out of the experience. Cities need to be marinated. They require time to get to know. The longer I stay in big cities the more I tend to like them.
I’m sitting in the airport in Istanbul and I become aware of the fact that I’m not really carrying any cash. I have 50 euro and 30 bucks. This makes me nervous.
While cashless has become the way to go, there is always the chance that you’re going to show up in a country and find your card blocked — sometimes the foreign transactions trigger a security hold; sometimes entire countries are blacklisted by Visa or Mastercard.
I’ve had both happen on various occasions throughout my travels — and recently in Vienna for some reason my card wouldn’t work in the ATMs. It’s never been a big deal as I’ve always had a stash of cash on me, but now I’m finding myself traveling without significant amounts of cash more and more. Sometimes I open my wallet and there isn’t anything there but a wad of small change from a dozen countries.
I also have to get a visa on arrival in Beirut. I didn’t bother to check how much it costs. Could be 20 bucks. Could be $200. Could be free. I have no idea. Do they accept cards?
I’ve become nonchalant in my travels. While this means I move through the world in a curious, relaxed manner, it also means that I could find myself in a jam due to a lack of preparation.
There isn’t much to report about the Pegasus Air flight. This is a Turkish budget airline that doesn’t build a business model on incidental fees that come from tricking or outright scamming passengers — like Wizz Air, the world’s worst airline. You buy your ticket through their site, add on baggage if needed, and that’s it.