"Prague is one of the most underrated cities." was a phrase I heard many times. "You have to go to Prague, you have too." people told me... so we did.
I was blown away by how beautiful this city was. nearly ever building was ornate and lovely and the river view was breathtaking. I think it might have just bumped it's way up to number two on my list of favourite cities. It was truly amazing. We walked around not really knowing what to do and ended up eating fresh made pizza on a boat on the river during sunset, walked into a European wide designer craft fair that only happens once every 3 months as well as seeing some of the beautiful iconic sights of Prague such as the Charles bridge, the Prague Castle and the Dancing House.
We stayed with a girl names Karissa who lives about an hour outside of Prague in a town called Beroun. Kris lives works in a church in Beroun primarily teaching english. She was such a lovely host and so knowledgable. As we wandered down the streets of Prague with no agenda, she shared some of the history of this nation and what she had gathered about the culture of Czechs.
The Czech Republic was under communist rule up until only a few years ago. This nation is extremely passive by nature and that is one of the reasons Prague is so beautiful. Whenever an opposing nation came to take over, they Czechs gave up their city. This protected it from the destruction of war. The Czech Republic is also considered to be extremely unreligious. They only split from Slovakia in the 90's but yet that nation is 50% christian. The non-religious reputation of Prague is known and has lead to it being titled sin city. It's a city full of sexual promiscuity and culturally encouraged substance use. It's interesting walking around knowing that the people there feel little moral gauge. Whether you like it or not, America and Canada are affected by religious morals and we have a basis of what is right and wrong. Little of this exists in the Czech Republic.
I loved listening to Karissa speak and the genuine interest she had in the people and the culture. It taught me to think not only about the lovely sights I was seeing when traveling, but also about the culture of the people whom live there.