Bob Loblaw’s Prague Blog

Our bags are packed once more. We handed the keys over to our landlord and now just wait until it’s time to go to the airport. The old, familiar process has remained unchanged throughout our journey. It WILL be interesting to see what other hoops we’ll have to jump through at security.

It’s hard to believe we’ve been here for a month. We had so many ‘grand plans’ for the Czech Republic and, at the end, we never left Prague. It has been a good time for us to further solidify our plans when we get home. It has also been a good time for Indi and I to have some nice long heart-to-heart conversations that constant travels have a way of putting on the back burner. Travel changes people, and it’s important to communicate those changes and keep a healthy balance.

A few days ago, I trekked to the other side of town to see Prague Castle. It sits high atop a hill and provides a splendid view of the city. Looking out over the snow-capped red roofs, I marveled at the pure…European…feeling of Prague. It’s what one would expect, I gather. Narrow, cobble-stone streets. Plentiful pubs with cheap beer and boisterous patrons. Street vendors with hot wine, small breads, and all manner of cooked meats. Echoing bells on each hour. Giant, gothic spires looming atop ancient cathedrals. Ornate bridges spanning a wide and well-traveled river. It has been a real pleasure.

Not only have we spent the last month experiencing a city that sat behind the Iron Curtain for so long, but we made a lot of friends. Prague has a healthy ex-pat community of English teachers and we have befriended a few. Our roommates have helped us feel at home here and provided a comfortable and familiar base that we have sorely missed over the last ten months. We spent our Christmas and New Year’s here. It’s become a second home. Or third. Or fourth. To all of our friends we wave goodbye to here, we will miss you.

And now, we enter the final stretch. Ireland for a week, followed by Britain and Wales. On February 18th, we board a jet liner bound for Chicago and after a weekend of the Windy City, we will finally be back home in Tulsa. We’ve already started looking into living arrangements (as per Indi’s previous blog) and I have applied at Oklahoma State University, another journey that I have long put off. But our Travelogue will continue, whether it’s a weekend trip to another city or a small jaunt to a forgotten Oklahoma town. One thing travel has ingrained in me is the love of experiencing new places, and a greater appreciation for what I always took for granted at home.

Talk to you all again from The Emerald Isle!

About rhysfunk

Rhys Martin was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1981. In 2009, he sold everything he owned and left the country, living out of a backpack for ten months. He discovered a passion for photography while traveling throughout Southeast Asia and Europe. After returning home, he looked at his home town and Oklahoma heritage with fresh eyes. When he began to explore his home state, Rhys turned his attention to historic Route 66. As he became familiar with the iconic highway, he began to truly appreciate Oklahoma’s place along the Mother Road. He has traveled all 2,400 miles of Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. He has also driven many miles on rural Oklahoma highways to explore the fading Main Streets of our small towns. Rhys has a desire to find and share the unique qualities of the Sooner State with the rest of the world. Cloudless Lens Photography has been featured in several publications including This Land, Route 66 Magazine, Nimrod Journal, Inbound Asia Magazine, The Oklahoman, and the Tulsa World. In 2018 he published his first book, Lost Restaurants of Tulsa. Rhys loves to connect with people and share his experiences; ask him about enjoyable day trips from Tulsa, locations along Route 66, and good diners or burger joints along the way.
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