I visited the revered 16th century Infant Jesus, feasted on goulash and took absinthe shots.
Only in PRAGUE. Home of the thousand spires and Bohemian kings.
At the 600-year-old Charles Bridge, the silhouettes of the stone statues hovered like ghosts at dawn. The view was so picturesque, that by the time I explored Prague’s cobblestone mazes and Old Town Square, I decided to give this city another chance.
Let me share 10 things I learned about Prague:
10. It’s so cheap compared to other European cities, that it crossed my mind to live there!
9. Unlike in other cities, you don’t need to pay to pee in Prague.
8. I can live on Prague’s famous goulash and dumplings and never attempt to be a vegetarian again. (I fail every time anyway!)
7. When in Prague, follow tradition: absinthe shot and the famous Czech beer!
6. Defenestration (throwing people out of windows) is something new I learned about Prague’s history.
5. There’s a spot in one of the courtyards at the Prague Castle that shows ‘medieval acoustics’ at its best. Just stand on the exact spot with your chin up, speak, and you’ll hear your voice echo in the most awesome way.
4. For Filipinos and/or Catholics, visit the Church of our Lady Victorious, home of the Infant Jesus of Prague (this is like our Sto. Niño in Cebu). I heard mass in Czech and was later approached by the priest who gave me a blessing and lots of prayer cards.
3. There’s a John Lennon Wall but he never actually visited Prague in his lifetime. Who cares, just pose and take photos!
2. Charles Bridge and its views are most beautiful at dawn when it’s empty (I call it ‘naked Prague‘). It’s also the best time to rub whatever you need to rub there for wishes and good luck.
1. I didn’t know Prague has a crazy nightlife until I went there. Whether it’s a pub crawl or a jazz blues night, just do it! I did and it was so much fun, that it rivals a fun night in Amsterdam!
Travel: October 2013