Christmas in Prague
Trip Start Sep 20, 2009
14Trip End Ongoing
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It’s the eve of the big day now, and the city seems to have finally slowed down a bit to catch its breath. The subway cars are almost empty, and the streets are clearing out. Most of the vendors have closed up their shops, and those remaining are making one last push to clear their merchandise. The city’s musicians are settling into the biggest week of their years, preparing for Christmas concerts at the churches and outdoor venues around town. The Italian, German, Polish and Spanish tourists that one hears complimenting the sausage or tredlnik (a stiff pastry shaped like a cuff and dipped in powdered sugar) around town have bought the supermarkets out of cheap beer and are holed up in a hotel room or restaurant downtown. And Czech men are now finally getting to their Christmas shopping – procrastination is a universal custom.
As for Nat and I, we’re all set up at home with our tree decorated, advent calendars emptied, presents wrapped, and cookies baked. We managed to get a pretty good Christmas feel in the apartment – Nat sprayed a faux-frost on our windows, we got a wreath and candles from her preschool, we found a few spare nails in our walls to hang our stockings, and the tree fits perfect in the corner under our sloping ceiling.
Anyways, despite our plans of having this blog reach the masses, we know that most of the people reading are close friends and family. So we’ll take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas, wherever you are. We miss you.
James and Natalie