Last Day in Prague

Trip Start Mar 18, 2012
Trip End Apr 25, 2012

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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Well, it's our last day here in Prague.  We have finally figured out the warren of narrow streets and alleys in Old Town and I have the coinage down too.  Still, I am looking forward to some new sights.  Today we went to the museum of Communism which gave a good overview of the history of Czechoslovakia under the communist government.  It's a bit discomforting to think about how much some aspects of American life is becoming similar to some of what happened behind the Iron Curtain (not to downplay any of the oppression that people experienced prior to the Velvet Revolution).  For example, the use of media campaigns to keep people afraid of "The Enemy" and how fear of "the other" was used to control people.  Also enlightening was how much chemical pollutants people endured through the use of chemical fertilizers to increase crop production and the amount of industrial pollution due to the need to constantly increase productivity.  It would be ironically funny, if it weren't so tragic, how some Americans complain about too much government regulation and "radical environmentalists ruining" the economy.  I wonder how those same people that want decreased regulations realize how similar their thinking is to the communist party rulers that were all about increasing productivity at the expense of everyday people's health. 

Well, off my soap box...after the museum we wandered across the river and rode the funicular up the hill to the Petrin Tower.  This was inspired by the Eifel Tower and built around the same time.  We went to the top to enjoy a wonderful view of Prague.  Today there is a famous running marathon going on, so the streets are crowded; so it was nice to be on the other side of the river.

We also have been enjoying some of the Czech cuisine.  Ate last night at a restaurant right next door; I enjoyed a chicken dish and Jerry had pork; both were cooked traditionally but I can't tell you right now what they were called.  Tonight I would like to try some goulash since it is cold and rainy so a good day for a hot goulash.  I also had some hot (mulled) honey mead at the Easter market last night (we cross the market often since it is in the main square near us).

Tomorrow we take the train to Dresden Germany where we will rent a car and move to our next apartment in Chemnitz, Saxony.  This will be more rural and we will use the car to visit various sights in the Saxon (German) and Bohemian (Czech) countryside.  Now with the European Union, there are no more borders; you drive into another EU country as easily as driving from one US state into another.  Many EU countries (like Germany) use the Euro for currency so you usually do not need to exchange money.  The Czech Republic has not joined the Euro currency zone yet so they still use their own currency. 

So friends and family, until tomorrow...
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