Thursday, 17 May 2018

Prague, Czech Republic (Kubova 535, Prague 8)

The rain let up this morning as forecasted, so I’ll walk to the Old Town after I have my coffee and a bath. Yes, a bath. No shower in this flat. While it does have some updates, the bathroom wasn’t one of them.

It is only a 20 – 40 minute walk to the Old Town from this flat, depending on how fast you walk and how often you stop along the way. It took me over 45 minutes to get to the main plaza where the tourists gather. Also, I wanted to see the old astronomical clock that is located at the plaza. It is one of the main tourist attractions in the city.

During my walk I passed through several neighborhoods and enjoyed watching the people of Prague go about their daily business. I stopped at a church along the way and looked in. It looked like it was very old, but was actually built during the last half of the 19th century. Compared to the rest of the city, it is practically brand new. Not to say there aren’t any new buildings in the city, but the older buildings far outnumber the newer ones by at least 25:1.

When I arrived at the plaza I headed towards where the astronomical clock was located. I saw a crowd of people, but couldn’t see the clock. Then I noticed that there was a section that was covered up. What is this? I Googled “astronomical clock” and saw that the clock was being restored and it wouldn’t be finished until later in the year. Thinking optimistically, it will be something to look forward to seeing when I return to Prague.

Yes, I know that I’ll return to Prague and stay longer next time. I feel very comfortable here, the people are friendly and there is so much to see and do. Maybe next year.

It was about time to have a coffee and a treat (usually yogurt) at Starbucks. I suppose I could try one of the many local coffee shops, but every so often I need to be somewhere that is familiar to me. Being in a new city, especially one where you don’t know the language, presents new challenges and I’m learning new things every day. Good to have a place that is familiar where I can relax and not have to think too much. I equate going to a new city is like starting a new job. Learning new names, definitions, processes, locations, etc. can be tiring.

After my coffee I went to a nearby shop and bought a gift for a friend that I’ll mail in the next day or so. Then walked back to my neighborhood and stopped by the store to buy ingredients for making chicken noodle soup tonight.

As I was making the soup, I sent a note to someone who I worked with at OHSU to let him know that I was going to Bulgaria in the next few weeks where, if I understand correctly, he has family. I soon received a note back from him saying that he will be there about the same time when I was planning to be there. I had no idea. What a coincidence! Anyway, we will meet up on June 6th.

I’m starting to fill in the gaps within my travel schedule with flights and accommodations that, when finished, should take me through the end of June. I know I’ll return to London in July, so between the end of June and the middle of July, I’m planning on visiting Istanbul and Malta.

Tomorrow is expected to be a very nice day, so I plan to visit the Old Town again. One of the places I’d like to visit is the old Jewish cemetery. I’ll try to get an early start.

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