…and I could really use some personal recommendations for cute, fun and off-beat places to see or eat.
Let’s backtrack for a second. When I first dipped my toe into the blogging universe a couple of years ago, both as a reader and a writer, I did it purely as an expat looking to share my own experience and explore that of other expats (and it’s been amazing). Travel was in the very far back of my mind: something passively wished for, something that hopefully was going to materialize in the middle future, but not a part of my life in any tangible way. Even as recently as January I could not have imagined that over the course of 2014 I would do nearly as much traveling as I had my entire previous life, including visiting eight new countries for the very first time.
Meanwhile, I have discovered and grown to love and increasingly rely on travel blogs — they are now my go-to resource for travel planning. Sometimes I just browse old posts for ideas; at others I actually email the bloggers directly for specific recommendations within their area of expertise. Unfooooortunately, because I was a little late to the travel blog party, I have not yet amassed a sufficient reference archive to cover all the destinations and desired activities as experienced by the travel writers I trust and relate to. London, Berlin, tiny Belgian towns — I’m all set. Other places, like Prague — not so much.
I have previously spent a week in Prague in 2009 — it was my second European vacation as a proper adult (as opposed to a study-abroad student), and I liked it well enough. It was actually the trip that blew my small American mind when I discovered that there was another kind of Budweiser beer in the world — not the kind you’d get at a Fourth of July BBQ in the good old US of A (as I have written many times, I love the latter — and I did not take kindly to this Czech impostor). I’ve visited the castle and the synagogues, walked the Charles Bridge, climbed the Astronomical Clock Tower for a panoramic view of the central square, ate my fill of duck and partied at a five-floor night club — the works.
I am going back to Prague on Tuesday. It’s a pretty packed four-day work trip, but I will have two full mornings and three really late nights to myself, and I want to make the most of them. For this reason I am asking for recommendations from anyone who’s been to Prague or might know a travel blog that has covered the city at length. A great café, an interesting store, a quirky museum — I am game for it all. And as a thank you, I promise to force down a pint of that “real” Budweiser stuff in your honor.