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Couldn't agree more about being non-tourist while you're there! Have experienced it myself and so not okay haha thanks for the article tho, remains me of my own trip there last year.
So nice blog just amazing. I really love it. Thanks for this. I will visit it again.
Thank you for your great post.In the last year I visited Prague.I think its really most wonderful, and peaceful place in the world.When I I visited Prague that time I rent a remote starter car.Its also created comfortable & reliable vsite for my life.
Love the article. Looking forward to visiting Prague.
Gail, wonderful article. As a frequent traveler I have endured and enjoyed both sides of the coin- tourist and humanist/ historian. Your descriptions of the battle in Prague between them is cute and accurate. I truly enjoyed your honesty and the sense of humor you brought forth with it. Great article, look forward to more.
Pete, any paragraph containing the words cute and my name is cause for celebration. at my age, i’m happy to settle for ‘accurate’ but much prefer cute. thank you for your comments. gb
hi andy — africa is on my wish list, a place we can hopefully visit soon. i’m not sure if you’ll agree but i’ve often heard the phrase “people are the same everywhere”. i don’t think i agree. we may all start off the same but our life experiences and environment inform us in unique ways. inherent human nature may be the same within all of us, but the cultures we life within sure make us different! thank you for commenting. gb
Good evening Gail,
Africa was by far one of the most amazing places I’ve been in my short twenty years of life. I had the pleasure of going with my traveling partner (aka my dad) and we scouted out a couple of trips for his company as well as worked with our charity! Our charity brings bicycles over to Africa and helps generate a mini-economy. Instead of just giving out the 300 bikes we shipped over, a group of local people are trained in fixing bicycles as well as basic business skills. The container the bikes are shipped in is turned into a shop (by cutting doors and windows in and putting a roof on) and the bikes are sold at a low cost. The money generated pays the salary of the workers as well as goes into other parts of the community such as schools. After 6 months the bike shop is turned completely over to the community and they run and manage it! It’s a great project and it really opened my eyes while I was down there.
I agree with you, people are a product of their environment and you can tell when meeting people from different places. I know with the African people they were such a proud people and while they may not have many material possessions, they are some of the happiest people I’ve ever met.
I really enjoy your blog and have added it to my google reader so you’ll be hearing from me often!
Andy, i know we’re in the middle of a heat wave, but really the warmth i feel in my heart is from hearing about your project, thank you. gb
The title grabbed my attention quick, it was intriguing because I’ve always wanted to visit Prague. But I agree whole heatedly about visiting as anything but a tourist. That is how I feel when I travel anywhere anymore. I don’t want to stand in a line to view and take pictures of something that thousands of other people are already doing. I want to go behind the scenes, take in the history and talking with the real people of the towns. Last summer in Namibia I didn’t see another tourist for almost two weeks. But I talked with many of the locals and got an inside look at what Namibia is really about. We didn’t see another tourist until we made our way up to Victoria Falls where tourists were being bused in by the truckloads. I wondered where all these people were when I was watching a beautiful sunset over Africa.
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I’ve often found my best experiences traveling have come when I’ve randomly wandered away from the ‘so called’ main attractions. Maybe to avoid crowds getting up early or going during typical lunch hours would help out a little bit. Anyhow, I’ve always had a fascination with this city and I can’t wait to visit someday – hopefully soon 🙂
Samuel, i think getting to tourist hot spots early is certainly a good plan – i would suggest daybreak and i’m not kidding. one of the things i wanted to do when i returned from Prague, but have not got to yet, is to see if i could find out if the wealth of one city is distributed throughout the country. you don’t need to go very far outside of Prague to see that the rest of the Czech republic is in a sad state, limping along — almost no signs of the activity and prosperity that you see in Prague. and i wonder who controls the wealth? did the Soviets return properties to their original owners? just questions that came to me after we left Prague. you are right to be fascinated with the place — thanks for your comments. gb
Gail, you don’t seem to have enjoyed yourself much at all in Prague, and my opinion is that you don’t really do the place justice with this article.
Fantastic article, Dave and Deb. Great post title. I was really surprised to read it and it made me come to read more. I’m truly agree with you guys. I think the best way to enjoy this and other cities is to play the role of a curious human and not as simple tourist. Thank you very much for your recommendation!! cheers, @RolandoPeralta
Thanks Rolando. It was actually Gail’s title. She asked me to specifically to leave the title as is.
Fantastic recommendation 😀
hello Roland: honestly as a curious human i have uncovered and learned more about life and human nature than i would have thought possible. Prague is interesting in that although the former communist way of life has been thrown down and kicked away, and thankfully the soviets pretty much left most of the infrastructure intact, the remnants of the regime seem to live most tellingly in the people of Prague. thanks for your comments. gb
well, you post and your comments make me even more interested in visiting Prague. It looks so fantastic and freeze in time that I’m really sure my easel will make me proud of some draws and paintings. I’ll be more aware of your next articles. And please, any time you come around to Central America, just let me know to drink some coffee and enjoy some volcano landscapes, or the coastline from the volcanoes. Cheers!
Can’t believe that your Mongol Rally experience is almost on its way!! I remember seeing the Mongol Rally cars in Prague last year during our visit there.
Prague is a beautiful, wonderful city. But, it can be very touristy, especially at this time. As Gail writes, it can be a bit frustrating with the crowds around the Astronomical Clock (don’t go on the hour – the “show” really isn’t that great) and castle. But, there’s a lot of other things to do in the city. Here’s some more advice on what to skip, what to hit, what to eat: http://www.uncorneredmarket.com/2011/05/prague-tourist-traps-sites-restaurants/
Be sure not to miss the Beer Museum on Dlouha street – about 30 microbrews on tap from throughout Czech Republic. Just be careful not to mix too much if you need to drive the next day 🙂
Audrey, Prague is a wonderful city but you need to avoid the tourist areas to enjoy it. one thing i’ve learned through travel is that the most memorable experiences, the ones you recall when you think of a place or a country, are the interactions with the people you met and the stories they had to tell.
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