Brno, Czech Republic - Cigarettes & Graffiti

Trip Start Feb 04, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Moravia,
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Cigarettes & Graffiti
Brno Czech Republic home to about 400,000 residents and about 2 hours by car from Prague, I felt was like the little fowl mouthed, cigarette smoking, little brother to Prague. With graffiti around every corner and dark alleys, it felt a little dark at times. I saw a child who looked as young as 8 smoking cigarettes, begging for money while street performing. 

Redeeming Qualities
Despite being a dirtier Prague, Brno was not without its redeeming qualities.  In the center was the church of Saints Peter and Paul that I found to be quite lovely.  At sunset the sun shining through the church made for a great view. In the city center, though it was small, it looked like a great spot to eat lunch and sit outside on a hot day and relax. 

Work, Work, Work
Brno surprised me, in that, in this city I was actually offered a higher salary than in Prague.  With a high concentration of university students in the area it looked possible to be able teach at one of many universities scattered about.

Time to Speak Some German
I was also surprised to find that not many people actually spoke English in this city, I found that most that I ran into spoke German, giving me the perfect opportunity to practice what German I could remember from when I learned it at University.

Night Life
I found the night life in Brno to be quite good.  Having run into a fellow English speaking traveler at the hotel I was staying at, I went out to one of the many disco techs in town one evening. Located in what felt like the catacombs of a building, it was interesting to wind my way around the dance club, well below the city streets.  I was also introduced to a very nasty tasting liquor that evening known as Slivovitz...tasting like diesel fuel with a burn like no other I doubt I would be trying this traditional Czech Liquor again.

Final Thoughts
Though I ultimately decided not to relocate to Brno it was nice to see another Czech city, get a chance to use my German and get out for an evening with a fellow traveler.  Brno may be less glamorous than Prague, but I would recommend the experience of visiting it for the chance to see another city in the Czech Republic much different than Prague and less touristic.
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