Notable / Highlight of the Day: Today included a giant snake, refugees, and some stuff I don’t even know how to describe.
I didn’t have to wander the forests and mountains to find this snake though, he was a centerpiece at the national gallery of art. The gallery houses Czechia’s contemporary and modern art collections, and is housed in what was supposed to be a convention space.
Ai Wei Wei’s installation on the refugee crisis was passionate and moving. His team went to a number of refugee camps interviewing refugees affected by the crisis. When the Idomeni, the Greek town at the Former Yogoslav exit point, refugee was evacuated and shuttered, Ai Wei Wei and his assistants went and collected articles of clothing that were left behind.
They laundered and cleaned the items, included a newsfeed underneath and provided a writeup of the crisis. This was installed it next to his model of the refugee raft, to embody the strife these refugees have faced and their uncertain future in the EU.
I was more exausted than I realize though, I had gotten a tram pass to get around, and it was a blessing. I had lunch, walked over to the Spanish Synagog and tried to not be swallowed by the crowds, and then made my way to a park to sit down for a bit, drink some coffee, and watch some kids play in a fountain.
For dinner, I went to check out a pub called U Vystrelenyho Oka that was recommended somewhere. And it was so great. My goulash and beer were $5 and the atmosphere was all local. There was a great beergarden full of dogs and people outside, and a very old tavern inside that has likely seen some things.
I wandered a bit more from there, and came back, hung out with my host for a bit, and went to bed.
Current Location: Prague
Cost of Coffee: $2
Miles Walked: no idea
Dollars Spent Today: $39 – $6 for breakfast, $10 for the museum, $5 on a tram pass, $4 for lunch, $4 for a trdelnik, $5 on coffee and water (tourist trap) $5 on dinner.
Total Dollars Spent: $5660
Number of Dogs Seen / Dog of the Day: this little one who got all the scritches at the tavern.
Food/Beverage Highlights: U Vystrelenyho Oka