A Post About Prague Without Any Kafka
Well, just now I’ve finished uploading all of my pictures from Prague. For a lot of individual detail and local color, took at the pictures and their captions.
I found Prague to be a well-preserved and beautiful city full of interesting traditions. People were not mean, but tended to be insular, even more than in Rome. But they do love their beer. Czechs drink the most beer per capita: more than anywhere else. Pilsner Urquell is the main brand, and it’s made locally in nearby Pilzen. A half-liter glass is often the equivalent of three dollars or less. And indeed, the Czech republic has it’s own currency and language, but they remain a Central European nation in the EU.
Prague has many modern conveniences, like H&M. Sometimes it felt to me that since the Iron Curtain lifted in ’89, the city has been rushing to catch up, sometimes awkwardly. But some older holdovers, like the expansive tram system, are extremely pleasant. Indeed, this place’s history, while very different, reminded me of Rome. Prague wasn’t built in a day, but whenever that was, it was a long time ago.
Prague is also the city of the Jewish golem, prominently featured in my favorite book. I could write a whole post on that, but suffice it to say that they have a large Jewish community and a haunting cemetary (pictured above). Walking around the sometimes snowy streets, below castles near discotheques, Prague tended to be very pleasant.
Now I’ve dispensed with the long sentences. The food was awesome. Local dishes like goulash fill entire rooms with their smell. This food is often hearty and delish. I especially like hermelin, (don’t bother googling “hermelin cheese,” you’ll just find my picture from flickr) a brie-like cheese that’s often fried. I also had plenty of hot drinks, like hot cherry juice and hot ginger. Yum. There’s pictures of all of this and more on my flickr.