As a matter of fact, i started to think about this article on my third day in Prague. I was planning to write only: "WHAT HAPPENS IN PRAGUE, STAYS IN PRAGUE" and leave it. Because i wanted the time i spent there to be something precious that i do not want to share with anybody. However, one of the most important people to me said that she would look forward to it and here we are...
I already know i travel a lot recently but this one... This one had a reasonable purpose. One of my Turkish friends in Nice offered me to go an event in Prague between 15-19th November about a week before my flight to Brussels. I rejected him because: "I'm going to start my Brussels-Amsterdam voyage in a week and i don't know how much i'll spend there. Even if i don't spend that much, wouldn't it be so luxury to visit 3 different cities in just a month?!".
2 weeks passed, some private stuff came out and he still had been insisting on it. I accepted his offer on his 5th attend due to those private reasons (and you will find them in the end of the article).
In the previous week, I was as indecisive as a gemini about going to Prague or not due to my little poor budget. I probably changed my decision 5-6 times in just 5 days. But in the end, i said to myself: "It is better to regret going to Prague than not going.". At first, we had to go to Milan by Ouibus.
That day in Milan was horrible actually. Why?
- As i said, i was sleepless at all.
- The ticket machines were extremely slow.
- The transportation system (including the buses you have to pay 5€ to get to the airport) is terrible.
- Street vendors stick to you.
And also, we had to wait 4 more hours at the airport due to a malfunction on our plane so that when we landed to Prague, we called a Uber because there were no public transportation at 11 PM and the cab drivers were giving the same price to everyone: 35€ (Considering the price level of Prague, it is so expensive). Uber driver was a Uzbek speaking neither English nor Turkish! He thought that i automatically understand Russian when i speak Serbian (?!) so that he spoke Russian all the way. Moreover, my friend said me that he wanted to smoke with him because he loved him. When i heard it, i was like: "Wuuuuut?! You don't even understand him!"
As in Amsterdam, i had no plans at all. So next day, i woke up and searched for the places to visit. Then, we decided to go to the Old Town Square as it was the closest one. While we were going on foot, we found Prašná Brána (Powder Tower) which has a couple of features. At first, it is the entrance from the New Town to the Old Town which was formerly used as a gunpowder store. Also, it was the starting point of the Royal Route to Prague Castle.
When you go straight from the Powder Tower, you'll reach to the Old Town Square which offers you to listen to Prague's heart beats. The square witnessed many events throughout the history such as the execution of 27 protestant Czech lords by the Austrian Catholic House of Habsburg in 1621.
We wanted to see the astronomical clock as well but unfortunately, it was under restoration.
It was 4 degrees on that day and we already knew that it would feel much colder on the riverside. However, we had just a couple of days and we decided not to care and to go to Charles Bridge.
The thing is, Charles Bridge (Karlův most) is 615 years old and it was built to replace Judith Bridge which had been extremely damaged by a flood in 1342. The construction began by the order of King Charles IV in 1357 and finished in 1402. Previously, it is called as Stone Bridge or Prague Bridge. However, it is officially named as Charles Bridge in 1870.
I was so tired (still Milan+Prague) while the sun was going down. And my friend was arranging a meeting with a Czech girl. That's why, we decided go back. When i say: "while the sun was going down...", it may seem like it was around 7-8 PM but it was actually 5 PM and i had a very important meeting the next day. So, i needed some rest.
Screw you guys! I'm goin' home...
Next day, i was so nervous that the time was not passing at all! We're supposed to meet at 11 AM in a café which had taken 30 minutes on foot but hopefully, she was not that late. We spent a nice hour in that café and then, we decided to go to the Old Town square again.
Later on, while were going down to the tube, i was standing below her on the escalator (and it was the only time when i did not have to look down to see her little blue eyes :P) and she asked me the reason: "Are you going to ask the question?". So, i asked (!) the question and she said: "Yes!". Then, we started to arrange (!) our wedding! The ring, the wedding dress, the tuxedo, the ceremony, the guests...
Well, when it is 4 degrees and windy, you cannot dare to open your eyes... We got lost in the streets and we took a walk next to the river while drinking hot wine from one glass.
And then, we went to Lennon Wall. The interesting thing is, John Lennon had never been to Prague but there is a huge wall in Prague dedicated to him. Also in 1988, it was a irritation source to the communist regime of Gustav Husak. Tough, it became a symbol to the local youth. Hopefully, there is a wall up there and hopefully, they fill it with graffiti. :)
I was quite lucky that day because i did not know that 17th November was the national holiday of Czech Republic (I should have estimated it when she said she had friday off... Sometimes i can be a daydreamer). The Czech celebrate two events on this day: International Students' Day and the debut of Velvet Revolution. Because of that, the central tram line was off and i had to take her to the metro by myself. I don't know about her but i am glad that it was off.
Next day, she had already promised her friend to go to an exhibition and my roommate had stayed over in... You may guess where. So, i went out alone. My plan was ready. At first, i would go to Dancing House (Tančící Dům) which is inspired by the famous film couple Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The glass building represents Ginger Rogers whereas the stone building represents Fred Astaire. It was designed by the architects Vlado Milunić and Frank O. Gehry in 1996.
Then, i took the advice of one of my Czech friends in Nice (she really saved my trip and i already thanked her in person!) and i went to Petrin. It is the hill left side of Vitava river and it takes almost 20 minutes to get there. If you want to go to Petrin from Dancing House, you have to take the bus numbered 176. You can also use the finicular line but i did not try it so i can not say anything on it.
I looked around for five minutes and i started to consider why i had come here. Because there were only the stadium, this view and the buildings which were yelling at me: "Welcome to Eastern Europe!". There were nobody as well. However, when i was about to lose my hope, i saw a little group of tourists and i decided to chase them. Hopefully i decided because i found Petrin gardens and the Eiffel Tower!
Well, it is not the Eiffel Tower but it a nice resemblance. It is Petrin Tower which offers you the best view in Prague. Until that moment, i had thought that Prague had been more empty than Nice but that moment... I found out that all Prague was there! That's why you have to be careful with the long queue and the cold. Over there, it was so cold that my hands became purple immediately!
For the students (and it is the thing i love most when you are a student), entrance fee for Petrin Tower is 80 CZK (3.20€) whereas it is 70 CZK (2.80€) for the Museum of Mirrors.
Remember, the price of hot wine is the same in every corner of Prague: 50 CZK / 2€. There is no fraud in it because 50 CZK exactly makes 2€.
My last destination was Prague castle which was founded in the 9th century. I could not walk around that much because i was extremely tired and i had to get ready for the night. Entrance is free but if you wish to see some specific parts (even in the church), they sell 3 kinds of packages and you can pick one of them depending on what you would like to see.
This was absolutely the most hilarious part of my trip. While i was going to the tram station, i saw that something on my left was shining and the crowd over there was laughing all the time. A statue with a golden penis... And the weird thing was, no matter what their sexes were, all of them were posing while holding the penis. Afterwards, some of them pushed me to hold it (no photos - i have to save my dignity) and then i started to feel happy about my life, had a nice evening with K... later on etc.
However, there were no explanation about the statue. So last night, i asked my Czech friend what its feature was and she said me: "Well, according to the story, if you hold the penis, it makes you happy. Probably that's why you are happy right now! :D". In fact, it makes sense because me and my roommate were so exhausted on our last day but we seemed like this:
What do i think about Prague?
Frankly, i did not visit Prague for touristic purposes. I went there to see somebody. Somebody who is important to me... There were also some negative sides of our trip of course. The cold, my anxiety on Friday, the Asian working in groceries who don't speak English at all (but they are your only option if you want to buy two bottles of wine after 9 PM:) )... Even, my roommate unfortunately could not enjoy Prague as much as i did. He did not say it out loud but i could understand when i looked in his eyes. I definitely owe him a Thank You because no matter how i invited him to spend time with us and no matter how she asked where he was, he knew my purpose to go to Prague and he chose to leave us alone.
But no worries, Prague is a lovely city. Vitavka River, hot wine, everything being in order, gothic architecture (which i adore), Lennon Wall (especially the wall! :D)...
Ever since i left Prague, i have been in a point where i reconsider how the things go in our lives. Me, i was used to believe that we create our own miracles either to be successful or to be happy. And i have lots of experiences proving it. But sometimes, i think god shows us the path we have to pass and expects us pass it. Maybe it is the first one, maybe it is the second. Or maybe, the god wants us to do the first one via the second one. We will see.
I met with somebody in Nice and even though we did not spent much time together, i did not know her. She was saying that she had actually been a bad person but deep inside, i knew that she was not as bad as she thinks due to a couple of things she made that night (i will explain to her when she asks). I am never wrong when it comes to estimations on people’s personalities. That’s why i went to Prague. To verify i was right one more time and thankfully, she did not let me down. At first, she made me have a fantastic night. Then, she mad my trip so remarkable. I saw how the real optimism works and she saw that i was not as bad as she was afraid of. Seems like i owe her twice...
I might not be that "old" but i know what kind of person i am, with what kind of people i can get along and how the things work in my life. Probably i am much better than most of my friends in it. And whenever a bunch of coincidences happen in a short period, it means that soon or later, i will find a milestone in my life and ever since Amsterdam, i have been feeling like i am about to find that milestone and i do not want to stop till i find. No matter how good or how bad it is...
Going to Prague when i was on a right tight budget was an enormous risk to take but in the end, i took it and i have not regretted even for a minute. In fact, she proposed the title of this article and i said her that it would be easy to answer. "Really?" she asked and "Really :)" i said. My opinion has not changed and i hope you know the answer now.