Czech it out, I'm listening to Prague rock!
Trip Start Aug 30, 2006
33Trip End Jun 11, 2007
Kafka wrote that Prague has claws. This is entirely true. After only two days here I can say that it is my dream city in a way, not like I've dreamt about it, but it simply is the city I've pictured my whole life to conjure certain cherished moods, scenes, and images
The Old Town is like Paris' Montmartre, both are built into hills and the streets are narrow and have that unique texture to their walls. Prague's old town is maybe older and was not destroyed in WWII at all, and it also is close to Charles Castle, the biggest castle in the world according to Guinness. It's one of the few places I've read is a must see place that actually is. Walking through the gardens there and hearing the hush of the city had that same magical effect as being in Central Park, except there's an enormous and stunningly beautiful castle next to them. I really can't say enough about the city, but those of you who said I would love it...Rory...you were right.
The people are interesting. There are a lot of women with mullets, and lots of women dye their hair wine red. I mean lots of them. It's weird. Czech is mostly meaningless to me, but there are lots of words that look like English, only missing a letter here or there. And some are the same as English, only with the plural 'y' at the end, making entertaining words like 'notebooky.' I heard that 27 percent of the words in Czech and Polish are the same, so there should be more adventures up ahead in not understanding a doggone thing.
One personally fantastic thing I did was visit the Franz Kafka museum, which is devoted to exploring the relationships between his writing and his life in Prague, which he was particularly attached to
The beer is good, tastes like Miller as I would have expected, being the home of pilsner. It is also ridiculously cheap, the equivalent of a matter of cents for a half-liter of Pilsner Urquell. I seem to be building my trip around beer- Belgium, Munich, and now the Czech Republic. That will soon change though, as I am off to Poland next and the Baltic coast city of Gdansk. It will be a wacky adventure...hope all are well, I miss you all.