I always miss Prague this time of year. It’s a combination of a bunch of things – the weather, the holidays, how the sun sets earlier, folding shirts and dresses I brought with me to Europe, fresh out of the wash…needless to say, I’m a little Prague-sick, and I am desperately trying to remedy it.
Here is how I’ve been coping with the country I haven’t seen for almost five years:
Beer. I picked up a pack of Joseph’s Brau Czech-style beer from Trader Joe’s the other day. I’ve been trying to stay away from beer with my new diet, but when I saw the word “Czech” and “Plzner” I splurged on a six-pack. It’s not the best I’ve had – I will probably spring on some legit Staropramen over the weekend – but it was comforting, despite the ridiculous labeling on Trader Joe’s part (nothing about this brand is Czech).
Movies. I downloaded a slew of 1960s new-wave favorites – Loves of a Blonde, Closely Watched Trains, Daisies, and Larks on a String. I also downloaded some new Czech films, Burning Bush and Don Juans, which were released this year. I’d like to watch some with my boyfriend, I think he’d like Closely Watched Trains in particular (seems to be the fan favorite for many). I should also watch Citizen Havel – the anniversary of Havel’s death comes up next month.
Czeckoslovak Independence Day. So this happened on October 28th, but being that it was my first full week student teaching fourth grade, yeah, I forgot about it. Hooray to the Czechs, who celebrate their independence from the Austro Hungarian Empire in 1918.
Trip planning. What does one do when they get wanderlust? Trip-plan, of course! I travel to Norway in March but my flight was so cheap, I’m toying with the idea of spending a few days in Slovakia as well. It would be a logistical nightmare, so I think I’ll decide closer to the trip, but being that I could fly into Bratislava for $120 (when my flight to Norway cost a mere $430), it might be worth it.
I know I’ll get back there someday, I just wish it wasn’t taking me so long…