Yes! We are finally in Prague, Czech Republic. This trip had been on the books for a very long time, but for some reason or the other never came to pass until now. I finally booked it while we were still wavering between leaving Spain altogether and trying a new country or staying on. Federico, being the daredevil was all set to move without having visited, while l was a bit more cautious. We had moved to Malaga without a prior visit and ultimately, neither of us loved it. We liked it well enough, but a weekend visit maybe, not to live. Seville suited us much better, as does Valencia now. I was therefore not eager to do the same thing with a new country. Besides, as a black woman, I wanted to make sure l would feel comfortable enough among the locals. I can’t afford to make those decisions willy-nilly! :-)
First impressions of Prague? A very pretty city. Picture perfect in fact. I think we picked the best time to visit. The weather is warm, the crowds are plentiful, but nowhere as much as the summer crowds. It has given us a chance to see how the people live. We are staying close to the center, about a 15-20 minute walk in a residential neighborhood and in an awesome AirBnB apartment. Why oh why do we have different opinions you ask? Federico loves the city. He finds it gorgeous, spacious, lives up to the hype. He could live here blah blah blah. He almost choked when l told him l was not impressed :-) . We had sat down to take a breather after walking uphill through a beautiful park, the whole city laid out before us. I described it like this – Prague feels like my Mac laptop. It looks fantastic, sleek, silver, sexy..then you go to use it, and it is cold to the touch. That’s how it feels to me now. My hope is that it starts to feel warm like the computer gets after using it for a bit. We’re on our 4th day and have a bit to go, so l hope it happens soon. It has absolutely nothing to do with being a minority, in fact this is one of the few countries where l see black people working behind the counter at stores etc.. and not just relegated to selling cheap knockoffs in alleyways..so yeah! :-) .
I’m curious to see what l’ll have to say at the end of the trip. Will l join every other person in the world and keep spouting that Prague rocks and deserves all the accolade or will l stand by my lonesome, banished from society for daring to be different? :-). I didn’t come with any preconceived notions. It’s like an episode of “Batman” or “Soap”, so stay tuned, same bat channel.
Have you been to Prague? If yes, what was your first impression..and did it change over time? If not, do you believe the hype?