Bohemian Rob

Trip Start Jun 26, 2004
Trip End Jan 2005

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Thursday, August 19, 2004

Hello everybody. I got an hour to kill while the cleaning people clean our new room at the hostel so I am sitting here at a bagel shop. While I wait, I might as well tell you a little about Prague, the most recent city I'm calling home on this nomadic journey of mine.
Prague is in the Czech Republic (but you knew that). In our minds it is Eastern, though the Czech people would take insult at that since Eastern Europe has conotations of poverty. They would classify themselves as Central European. I don't go that much into detail so I just refer to Czech as Eastern Europe, I mean, it was Eastern bloc, am I right?
Stuff is cheaper here. By cheaper I mean on par with the US. You can actually get a meal at a restaurant here for less than eight euro (eleven dollars). Beer is cheap, about a euro for half a liter (1.30 dollars).
Czech Republic, though, is probably the snobbiest Eastern European country. They aren't particularly nice to tourists, so I have heard. I haven't experience any more than the usual anti-American attitude, really. Prague is like the Paris of Eastern Europe, in terms of wealth and culture.
But I don't want to sound like I hate Prague. It is a great city. Yes, all the rumors are true, the Czech women are beautiful. The thing is though, the city center is jammed packed with tourists, so most of the women we see are probably not Czech. They could be Eastern European, Russian, British, German, anything.
Mike had this theory. In the US you see the most beautiful women in the richest areas, like Georgetown. (that's in Washington D.C.) They all tend to visit or congregate in those areas. Well, Prague is like the richest city in Eastern Europe, so all the hotties from Eastern Europe come here. So the result is that Prague has the cream of the crop in terms of women.
Don't let my lecture on Prague life and geography fool you, I did actually do stuff here in Prague! Yesterday we went to the communist museum, which focused on the trials and tribulations of the Czech Republic under communist rule. And the first day we wandered the city center, which is this really cool assemblage of cobblestone streets and old-style buildings. Maybe today we will be able to get to the castle which sits atop this hill overlooking the city.
Yesterday we met two Bosnian girls. One was from Germany and was living in Prague now. The other was her cousin that lived in Bosnia. They spoke English very well and they were a lot of fun. They loved America, one had even been there and said that a lot of Europeans don't give America a chance and never get to know the people, that is why they dislike it. When I asked them what it was like to live through the war, though, they wouldn't really talk about it. I guess it was too traumatic.
Tomorrow we are going back to the West. We are heading for Amsterdam, again. The trip is finally coming full circle. When we get to Amsterdam that will complete a literal circle on the map.
And from Amsterdam? Maybe you guessed it, back to Amsterdam. After that I go to London. I hope I don't keep repeating myself in these entries, repeating the same destinations that I'm heading to over and over.
Oh yeah, shout out to Courtney, Ian, Mom, Teresa, Susie, Jaimie, Casey, Van and everyone else that e-mailed me on this trip. Thanks for letting me know you guys are still reading this thing and enjoying it. I've had a blast. You can probably tell. Haha.
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