Although I began fearing that my first day exploring Prague/(new home for the next 5 monthsâ€¦!!) would be ruined by the icy conditions, outside… I put on my boots, grabbed an umbrella and map from the concierge and set out to venture into the city. I decided not to take the transit and walk through the city instead, although the front desk advised me against it. Having grown up in Minnesota, the land of 10,000+ lakes, I’ve never been one to turn down a good walking/exploration opportunity.Â I spent my day nestled among and in betweenÂ the cityâ€™s golden rooftops and brightly coloredÂ alleyways. Â The streets and buildings are inspiring in a way. And I imagine that if I were to write a Fairy Tale and attempt to depict a town to set such a story in…it would be Prague. And maybe it has been Prague, for the inspiration Belle’s book shop and town in the Beauty and the Beast- or Olivanders Wand Shop, Diagon Alley in Harry Potter.
Apart from purchasing a variety of wonderfullyÂ tacky postcards to send home and a very Russian-looking hat, (to make myself look like more of a tourist than I am already, with map in hand and excitement on face)…my favorite find of the day was my first taste of Mulled wine; a Christmas flavored, apple-cider subsitute, sold almost everywhere in Eastern Europe. From what I take it, the vegetarian option, isn’t really a thing here. Most meals consist of an alternitive animal body part that I wasn’t formerly aware wereÂ edible; pork belly, for example. Needless to say, there will be no shape or form of a calorie count among the endless amounts of cooked potatoes options and beer- that’s often cheaper than water. Tomorrow afternoon I’ll make my venture from luxury hotel to the student life…reality check, soon to kick in and more to report in my next post. X