Student Agency Review

This weekend we planned a very impromptu trip to Moravia, eastern Czech Republic. After looking at trains, we decided a bus to Brno was going to be the easiest way to get to our final destination: Breclav. Once we decided to take the bus, we knew we would take Student Agency. We have traveled with them in the past and we were always happy with the service. So here’s what we think of the agency.

imageThe buses are clean and comfortable. The seats are really nice and when you put them back a bit, you might even sleep well. Even though there isn’t a whole lot of space for your legs, there is a leg rest, which makes things a little more comfortable.

There is an entertainment system, that has games, some tv shows, like Big Bang Theory and Friends, and even several movies. They give out headphones, that are actually decent, so I recommend you take them. Also, there is wifi, so you can even browse the Internet, go on social media or even stream Netflix. It’s not the fastest wifi, but the connection is fairly strong the whole time. For free, you also get a choice of magazines and newspapers.

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When it comes to snacks and drinks, I recommend buying snacks beforehand, because those aren’t offered. They do have free hot beverages, which I suggest you take the hot chocolate, in the past the coffee hasn’t been the best, whereas the chocolate is pretty good. Cold drinks are sold on board, but it’s cheaper to buy drinks before getting on the bus.image

I have always been happy with Student Agency and I always recommend it when people are looking for an easy and cheap way to travel around Europe.


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Mozambique

 

Canoeing: 10 Tips for your adventure

Canoeing is a very typical Czech activity. Lots of people go on canoeing trips with their friends and family in the summer, because it is a fun and cheap way to enjoy the warm weather and have a little bit of an adventure. I have gone canoeing several times, so here are some of my tips, if any of you want to try it out!

  1. Water!! Bring lots of bottled water! Hopefully it’s going to be warm and sunny, but this means you need to buy bottled water that you can have with you all the time. I also recommend buying bottled water, rather than using sports bottles, because if you flip the canoe, then you won’t be upset you lost your favorite sports bottle!
  2. FOOD! Bring snacks that you can eat throughout the day, you might be canoeing for several hours at a time before hitting a restaurant or a camp, so it’s a good idea to bring something with you so you don’t get super hungry!
  3. Weirs – weirs can be extremely dangerous, so i recommend you look up the ones on your route so you know which ones are too dangerous to go on. Some you will be able to manage if you are careful and if there is enough water. For those, you should look up which side of the weir is safest to go down.IMG_7582
  4. Camps – find out where different camps are and how far you have to canoe between each of them.
  5. Trash bags – buy a bunch of large trash bags that you can put your things in, to add extra protection against water.
  6. Ziplock bags – small ziplock bags are perfect for phones, wallets and other objects you want to protect from water damage.
  7. Shoes – bring shoes that you don’t mind getting wet, but also shoes that won’t just float away if you fall into the water.
  8. Rain jacket – or anything else that you can put on when its starts raining or pouring.
  9. Sunscreen – you will spend lots of time on the sun, if the weather is nice. So sunscreen, hat and/or sunglasses are a must!
  10. Alcohol – be very careful about drinking alcohol when canoeing. Even though it is a little bit of a tradition to drink a little when camping, by the bonfire, but don’t overdo it, so you aren’t hungover for the next leg of the journey. Don’t drink while you are actually canoeing, that can be very dangerous!

I love canoeing, it’s a lot of fun and I definitely recommend it, if you are looking for a small adventure! I can guarantee you will have stories to tell! Have fun and if you have any questions, feel free to comment!


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Mozambique

 

Flying with Finnair

When I decided to go to Japan, the biggest concern was getting tickets for the correct dates, price and availability. Seeing as I was buying these tickets less than two days before my intended departure, availability was key and we chose Finnair. It’s also the shortest route from Prague to Osaka, with 2 hours or so from Prague to Helsinki and then 9 hours from Helsinki to Osaka with a brief 3 hour layover.

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Pre-flight procedures here are pretty standard. You get a reminder e-mail 24 hours ahead of time and you can check in, nothing to remark on. Everything worked as it should have and I was on my way!

Flight

To be honest, it wasn’t one of my favorite flights, the seats are rather small and the place has a cramped feel to it. My return flight was significantly better, as I had two seats to myself and was able to be a little more comfortable. The best part was that the cabin temperature was pretty near perfect and I wasn’t freezing, as is sometimes the case.

Food

Food was decent, although on the way to Japan I didn’t eat much. On the way back, it was significantly better and we even got ice cream half way through the flight! You get a small bottle of water when you walk on the plane, so bonus points for that, even though it’s not enough for the long haul flight. On the short flight, you have a selection of food and drinks that you can purchase. On the other hand, service was great and always helpful.IMG_1193

TIP! Once you’re past security, bring a bottle of water for your long haul flight. I was pretty dehydrated on the way there so I did this when coming back and felt a lot better.

In-flight Entertainment

I was lucky because I travelled there and back in different months, so the movies and tv shows were slightly different. Overall, there’s a decent selection of movies and shows and I wasn’t bored, even though I hardly slept. One tip for you – you get free earphones, but I recommend that you bring your own, along with a converter to the two prong outlet for sound that airplanes have.

Overall, this was a very convenient way to get from A to B with the shortest possible travel time and best departure and arrival times. And for that alone, I would fly with them again. On the way there I was a little surprised, but on the way back I figured out what I need to do to make my flight more comfortable and it definitely was!

Mozambique

Our three day trip to Mozambique was very relaxing, even though it was short. The road trip there from Johannesburg took a while and there are a couple things you should be prepared for if you’re going to take a trip like this.

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When preparing for this kind of trip, pack everything you might need. Bring plenty of drinks and food, not just as snacks but also to eat at your destination.

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Plan your route well, along with possible places to stop for food. You should also plan the route so that you know what kind of a road you will be driving on, whether it’s a highway or dirt road. If you are going on a dirt road, be prepared for possible floods which will make the road muddy and sometimes impossible to take. So make sure you have a good car that would be able to take a difficult road.

 

The borders between South Africa and Mozambique can take some time and people there usually don’t speak a lot of English. So prepare your nerves when trying to get a visa. There’s also a lot of people trying to go between the two countries, so depending on the time of day, it might take several hours to go through.

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When we went to Mozambique we stayed in a little beach house, pretty much in the middle of nowhere. There is a small town close by and some more beach houses, but other than that the beaches are empty, which is absolutely amazing!

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If you scuba dive, definitely give it a go! I couldn’t go when I was there, but I heard you can see some manta rays! Apparently scuba diving is pretty easy going there, so it’s great if you want a relaxing dive. If you don’t scuba dive, you can just go fishing out on the sea. If you get lucky, you can catch tuna, and trust me, fresh tuna is the best! Small tip though, find out how to butcher a fish before you go! You might not have wifi wherever you are, so it’s probably a good idea to be prepared for things like that!

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For me, the three days in the middle of nowhere were amazing, even though it was a little short. So after three days we headed back, sunburnt. On our way back we spent 22 hours in the car, instead of the original 14, because of flooding and having to backtrack and go through Maputo, the capital city. Like I said, plan for everything, even cows blocking the road!


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Zimbabwe

South Africa Trips

 

Zimbabwe

In 2012 on my trip to South Africa, we decided to explore a little more, packed our bags and flew to Zambia and crossed over to Zimbabwe to see the Victoria Falls. This crazy short trip, only two days, a little north of South Africa was definitely worth it!

We stayed at the Lokuthula Lodge, which has one main building, but more importantly, there are little huts, which is what we stayed in. Heads up, these huts aren’t closed all the way, they have a wall that is open, that you can close just with a flap door. So make sure you close the mosquito net around your bed, so that at least your bed is bug free. For breakfast we went to the main building, where the restaurant overlooks a watering hole, so during breakfast you might see zebras, giraffes, and even elephants stop for a drink. Since the restaurant is also an open space, watch out for bugs. You might suddenly find you are sharing your glass of orange juice with a grasshopper the size of your hand. Yes this actually happened._DSC1116

Since we were in Zimbabwe for a very short time, we had lots of activities planned out. First, we went on a boat ride on the Zambezi river during sunset. I definitely recommend this, because it starts late in the afternoon, they take you around to see hippos and even point out birds and lizards on the bank of the river. Then, they serve you dinner as the sun starts setting over the river. It’s very peaceful way to spend the evening, just in the middle of the river enjoying the sunset, listening to the roar of the falls on the distance.

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The next day we had a very early morning. We got up when it was still dark for morning elephant rides. On our way there we saw the sunrise over the bush. Once we got to the park, we got breakfast as we waited for the trainers and the elephants. Though elephant rides are very controversial, the parks that offer these rides by the Victoria Falls, rescue orphaned elephants and train them through positive reinforcement. The guides talk about how important the positive reinforcements are, because elephants have a very long memory, so if they use any other methods, the elephants will remember and might attack even several years later. This positive reinforcement creates a bond between the elephant and trainer that found and rescued them. So taking this ride can actually be very educational. The ride takes you through the park and you might even get to see some zebras and impalas. This was definitely fun and I even learned new things about elephants, which is always great!

Next up was the helicopter ride over the Victoria Falls. This was absolutely phenomenal. So beautiful and great way to see the falls. You fly circles around, so you can literally take pictures from every angle!

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Lastly, we went to the Victoria Fall park/visitor center, where you walk along the opposite bank of the Victoria Falls so you can take lots of pictures. Although, quick tip, be careful, there is lots of water in the air from the falls, it feels like it’s constantly raining, so be careful with your camera so it doesn’t get ruined! But there are lots of photo opportunities as you walk along the park and even if you are too worried about ruining your camera, it’s a great place to just stop and enjoy the view!

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Last tip for Zimbabwe: have an idea of what you want to do! Especially if you are there for a short amount of time. Look around for deals and packages for different activities, it will be cheaper!

After so many activities, we packed up and left for Zambia, spent some time at the tiny Livingstone airport and headed back to Johannesburg. It was a great trip and I definitely recommend going to Zimbabwe. The falls are beautiful and you can do so much around them!


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