It’s hard.

Fight for your freedom!

They scream and scream and their voices are lost

amongst the violence that permeates the air

and the silence that chokes the lungs of others.

How to fight, how to proudly wave your flag,

when your hands are missing or your pride is crushed

or your heart is broken because cannot take any more sadness,

any more death.

The revolution will come, you cannot stop the anger,

the spirit, the blood behind a cause that has been

going on for too long. But at what cost?

How many will be around to shape this new state?

This new country? This new government?

When the sky’s color is no longer tainted

by what happens along the ground,

who will be around then, to appreciate

the warmth of the sun on a cloudless day?

 

I’ll Ruin You/I’ve Already Ruined Me

As I crane my neck up,

The endless layers of clotheslines,

make it impossible to see the sunrise.

Instead I see lights flicker on,

one by one, as the inhabitants,

in their tiny apartments, start their day.

The grind continues but I roam,

I’m searching for something more-

I found a technology graveyard that day.

They throw computers out after a couple years,

Just toss ‘em out. No cares for the work they’ve done

All those years and I think that

Junky desktops can cry too.

Right now, they tell me I’m young

but the days, the days keep blending,

I’m starting to feel much older than I should.

I’m tired of trying to keep up,

and, somehow, I’m still hoping to watch that sunrise.

 

 

 

Dobrey Den!

It’s officially been two weeks since I’ve been in Prague and I definitely don’t feel like a native but I am slightly shedding my tourist skin. I keep finding differences between Europe and America and it’s really fun to point out, such as there are no free refills. Everything comes in a can or from tap so there’s no need for a refill, just have to buy another drink. Also carbonated water is the norm, you have to specifically ask for still water, or as a waiter once put it “gas or no gas?” With the lack of need for refills, waiters don’t hover you like in American restaurants. It’s actually kind of nice. You’re not trying to hunt down the waiter because your beverage is running low and you enjoy the meal more. I suppose this is why you don’t tip too much at waiters anyway.

I’m officially had my fill of Czech food, which can be summarized as meat and potatoes, and am trying out other takes of cuisine. Such as the Chinese or Italian food in Prague. It’s basically the same, just small differences that make you wonder is it because I’m in Europe? Or is it Americanized food I’ve been eating this whole time?

The night life is relaxed but exciting, it’s mostly going out to a pub or a club and spending the night with friends drinking. Prague is ridiculously safe. You don’t believe until you’re walking back from a night out to your hotel and you barely see a single soul out. Could be though that people just check in early. Speaking of that, I suppose since I’ve been on a college campus for the past two years I’m used to everything being open 24 hours or the crack of dawn, but nothing stays open really late here. Most places are closed by 7 or 8 PM, only the tourist places stay open past that.

Also, the sun sets ridiculously late here, like around 10 PM. It’s amazing.
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10 Things I’ve Seen Around Prague

  1. Dogs. Dogs are everywhere. They are inside the underground metro, roaming busy streets, wandering in green spaces and marking their territory wherever they go. Most of the dogs have owners, very few strays, and the owners just don’t put leashes on because why do they have to? The dogs just follow without command.
  2. Statues. There are statues everywhere in the Old City part of Prague. Mostly on buildings and decorations for windows and doorways but there’s just so many of them! At least one on almost every building.
  3. No Smiles. Apparently the way to tell the difference between tourist and locals is that the locals never smile, never, and it’s true. Every time I’ve entered a store, even if person inside greets you, it almost never comes with a smile. It’s kinda strange in the way that I always smile and I feel that my tourist-y-ness is showing. I’m trying to perfect my blank, mean face.
  4. Lack of Sun. It could just be a cold front but for the first week here it was windy and cold and the sun disappeared into heavens. It doesn’t even really feel like Summer or Spring here, more like a early Fall.
  5. Cobblestones. I’ve mentioned this before but it’s just that… even the roads are cobblestones! I don’t think I’ve seen flat asphalt anywhere.
  6. Coffee. There are coffee shops littered around the city and it’s completely exciting because of all the choices. Also coffee in general is a little bit stronger here but so, so good.
  7. Small Cars. I finally realized that cars actually don’t really have trunks here, they’re either hatchback or just extra space in the backseat. More room to parallel park everywhere (and they park all over the place, especially on sidewalks, it’s a thing!)
  8. Trees. In the city it’s pretty hard to find giant clusters of trees but once you start radiating out, there are green spaces everywhere. Trees, bushes, patches of grass. Even still in the busy parts of the city there are plotted plants all over the sidewalk and in window sills.
  9. Graffiti. It’s not even really cool graffiti, it just seems that people have to tag EVERYTHING. It’s sad because all the old architecture in the city is defaced with just really boring names spray painted outside.
  10. Pigeons. Those pesky birds are everywhere and they aren’t scared of anything. I would almost say they’re the deer equivalent of pest in North Carolina.