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A Czech riverside lunch

You know the feeling: when you sit down at a restaurant after hours of walking in the sun, you feel like your stomach truly might start eating itself from the inside out, and you think something along the lines of, “Holy SHIT where is the waiter, get me a beer NOW and bring 80 loaves of bread. PLEASE.”

These were the sentiments running through our heads this fine, warm afternoon in Prague. We had just finished up a few-hour-long walking tour of the city and we were ready for some nourishment in the form of refreshing Czech brews and carbohydrates. Little did we know, this would be the lunch that changed… everything. This was the lunch that determined our fates. It presented us with the undeniable truth that Prague was exactly where we were meant to be.

It’s hard to say what made that fact so clear. Maybe it was the endless and dizzying indulgence – tomato mozzarella sandwich? Sure! Ice cream-coffee concoction of sweetness? Yes, please! Beer? Of course! Another beer? Why not! Another? And another? Don’t mind if I do…

Or maybe it was the beautiful boy sitting at the table across from us, with his perfectly toned arms and legs and seemingly effortless style. We gawked at him shamelessly. Are all boys in Prague this gorgeous? Sign me up? Perhaps it was simply the fact that we were soaking in the warm May sun rays, casually gazing upon the looming presence of Prague Castle from across the Vltava without a care in the world and absolutely nowhere to be.

James and I sat at the river’s edge, drinking and reading and sighing. Bliss.

I had known this life-is-too-good feeling before on previous travels. Somewhere between college senior year stresses and boyfriend troubles and pressures of “the real world,” life caught up with me and I forgot to keep pursuing the things that bring me to life.

Prague reminded me of those things. And soon, I’ll be back for more.

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“Without realizing it, the individual composes his life according to the laws of beauty even in times of greatest distress.” – Milan Kundera

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  • Reply willteachfortravel

    Ha! Love your writing style. Give me beer and bread! I feel like we had very similar experiences. Prague is so much cheaper than Paris, and for that reason alone I miss Prague. I loved dining on the water and having the option to drink beer any time of the day. Great photos, too!

    October 16, 2014 at 12:35 pm
    • Reply Kristen Hopf

      After having traveling all over western Europe, Prague’s affordability astounded me! Thanks!

      October 21, 2014 at 8:20 am
      • Reply willteachfortravel

        Krakow, Poland is very similar to Prague. Even cheaper!

        October 21, 2014 at 11:59 am
        • Reply Kristen Hopf

          Ooooh I’ve been fixated on Eastern Europe lately & heard that Krakow is an underrated must. Thanks for the tip! I’ll have to add Poland to my Eastern Europe tour list 🙂

          October 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm
          • willteachfortravel

            If you do go, you must tour Auschwitz. One of the best and most emotional stops in my traveling.

            October 21, 2014 at 12:07 pm
  • Reply Isabel

    Just perfect Kristen!
    It’s funny, I’ve felt like that at the most random moments too. Maybe our most beautiful life moments actually are actually revealed at our the most mundane ones. Ironic, keep us posted on your journey!

    October 21, 2014 at 9:32 am
  • Reply American Toolbox

    I SERIOUSLY can’t be reading this when I’m hungry! Never made it out of the ‘States. Very jealous! Camping along the Gulf Coast next month will be temporary consolation.

    March 23, 2015 at 1:48 am
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