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Tranquil Tuesday

Prague just before a lightning storm at sunset

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Today’s photo may look tranquil, but in reality the moment wasn’t. Thunder was cracking and lightning was soon about to begin. A downpour ensued on one of the most interesting evenings I’ve ever encountered.

Morning on the Charles Bridge

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Chinese bride on Prague’s Charles Bridge in the morning

As I mentioned a while ago, I had a new plan for avoiding crowds in Prague on my second trip there. The plan was to get up early and visit the crowded areas before the crowds. So on my first morning in Prague I woke up before 6 and headed to Old Town Square and then the Charles Bridge.

Apparently there are very different crowds at this time of the morning. Basically, you will now find Chinese brides and Chinese couples in wedding attire getting their photos taken. I counted at least 10 such groups (maybe even 15) on this morning. They were only mildly annoying compared to the hundreds of selfie sticks you will find in the afternoons.

Iceland tonight, Prague was awesome (again)

City of a Hundred Spires

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Three days in a rental car once I arrive in Iceland at midnight. Hot springs, waterfalls, beaches, more Puffins, it will be awesome.

Vltava

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Prague sunset

The Vltava is the longest river in the Czech Republic and the heart of Prague. On summer evenings it’s a lovely place to be to watch the sunset with the Bohemian backdrop. On my first couple days in Prague I thought the spectacular building in the background was the castle. It wasn’t until I went over the river on my last full day that I realized it is actually St. Vitus Cathedral. I’m looking forward to going back to Prague this summer.

St. Vitus Cathedral

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St. Vitus Cathedral (Prague, Czech Republic)

The more I think about it, the more I realize my weekend in Prague last summer was not enough. Even though there are a million other places I’d like to visit, that I’ve never been to before, I’m feeling like I may end up back in Prague for a weekend next summer.

Three nights in Prague

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Prague sunset

At an international faculty party, in which I was probably the least traveled of the bunch, we got to talking about where we were going on our long weekends. I teach on Mondays and Wednesdays at CBS so I usually have four days off in a row to explore. In the past I’ve gone primarily to Norway and Sweden. I mentioned that I was undecided and asked for their feedback. I was debating between Estonia, several places in Germany, or Finland. Someone asked, “You’ve been to Prague, right?” When I said “no” they all universally agreed that Prague should be tops on my list. So here I am.

Tonight is my last night in Prague. What a place! Were it not for the ridiculous number of tourists and selfie sticks, this place would be near perfect.