Trip week 2: Beautiful Prague

Trip Start Jul 24, 2013
Trip End Sep 30, 2013

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Thursday, August 1, 2013

So I finally landed in Praha. I got here in an early flight operated by Czech Airlines. Quite standard, very short flight (less than an hour flight time). Rodrigo had sent me instructions for going from the airport to his workplace, but at the end I just took a direct bus to the city centre and found my way from there.

The bus took 40 minutes. During the trip I met Josh from Colorado, who was traveling for a few weeks (3?) in Europe. He had spent a few days in Greece and strongly encouraged me to do the same, and was now going to spend a few days in Prague followed by Germany. Talking to Josh was a bit of an eye opener. It is then when I realised that travels and international experiences are to a conversation what threads and needles to sewing a garment. The more you have, and the more diverse and colourful, the more unique and richer the final result will be. And that's exactly what I'm looking for in this trips: more cultures, more experiences, more
trips, to become, hopefully, more skilled and rounded conversationally speaking. More interesting but also more enabled to connect and benefit from meeting and interacting with a wider array of people.

I got to Rodrigo's work environment and got
the keys for his place to go there and wait for him until he was off work. You might not know but seeing Rodrigo again had a special meaning for me in a few ways. I saw him in September 2006 in Prague so it was special to see him in the same location 7 years later. Last time I saw him was probably around 2007 or 2008, and we rarely catch up, Skype, or keep in touch through whatsapp. Despite this, he is one of these very special friends that I don't need to talk to him frequently to reconnect right away. Even though we have chosen very different paths in life after university, we can click again right away and it's university days all over again. Rodrigo seems happy with his life, work, with himself, and this made me very happy as well. He is a great guy and more from him to come soon.

It's now in Prague where I finally start feeling unplugged and relaxed, this being one of the main objectives of my trip. I just felt like I had never stopped for a long while, always running and going after the next thing in my life without any time off. From high school to university.
From university to work. From work in Mexico to my MBA, then find a summer internship, then find a job after the MBA. And then work,
work, work, move to Singapore follower by more work. Taking some time off is a true blessing, and I feel very fortunate and thankful to those that supported me and encouraged me to do it, and as usual first and foremost thankful to my parents.

So I'm telling you, Prague is where you want to be in summer time. The place is just so happening and alive and joyful. The streets and parks are crowded, it's almost like a world-cup kind of environment. It is mind blowing to me as I don't come from a country where summer is such a big thing. Mexico is a country that enjoys
a great weather year round (in particular Cuernavaca, my hometown) that we seldom see this expression of joy and happiness during summer time. However, I know that in Europe the weather conditions are though throughout the year especially in winter, so summer is THE time of the year to enjoy and celebrate. Apart from that, I was happy to come from the Southeast Asian beer capital (Vietnam) to the European beer capital (Czech republic). It is a well known fact that Czech Republic had the highest beer consumption per capita. A pint inns decent place goes for € 2 (what the hell was I doing in Singapore paying for € 8 pints!!??). So for that and many more reasons Prague is the place to be during summer. I'm planning to stay here till Sunday, but "uno propone y Dios dispone" (one can propose but it's God who decides).

The rest of the day went great as we for together with Rodrigo's friends to enjoy the evening view in a park with a downhill. From there, you could see the sunset and the view of the old town and castle. After having a few beers we went for dinner and decided to call it a night to be fresh and well rested for the weekend.

Here a couple of pictures, but the largest part of my sightseeing and action will come over the weekend.

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