One of the things I dreamed about when moving to Ireland was building a community of friends around the world. I've been blessed to meet people from all over the world both on my travels, and right here in Cork City. Thanks to Ireland's draw of au pairs, international students and global economy (Ireland is very good to corporations with their tax breaks, so it's home to many global companies -- Cork is EU headquarters for Amazon, Apple and many pharma companies), I'm proud to have friends from Ireland, Czech, Brazil, France, Germany, China, the UK and many more countries. My recent trip to Prague is one example in which this 'global community' dream has come true.
In July, my dear friend Nikola and her fiancé Tasso invited me to their wedding in the Czech Republic. Talk about an international couple -- Nikola is from Czech, Tasso is from Brazil and they met in a small town in West Cork where they were both au pairs. (Their story is ridiculously cute.) When they asked if I would attend, I, of course, didn't hesitate in saying yes! Although my answer was kind of selfish because Prague has been #1 on my list of places to visit, so I knew I'd be able to fit in an extra couple days to explore that wonderful city.
I flew into Prague on Wednesday and here's what I saw on my short adventure in Prague:
I took far too many pictures to put up on this blog post - but hopefully this shows just a little bit of the beauty of the city.
I didn't include any of the wedding out of privacy for the bride and groom, but it was a fabulous affair celebrated with great friends, good food (and loads of it!) and great drink. The Czech sure know how to party! What a treat it was to witness the start of a new life together, while also exploring this amazing world around me.
If you're one to keep a bucket list, I suggest adding Prague near the top of the list.