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27 July 2005

halos of insects; it is a good day to be a spider in prague


the sun hung high today, heat and humidity holding us down and making us yawn. sarah and i got an early start. metro to mustek, emerging into a mass of people. we walked through the old town square [here my travel weariness screamed at me; the differences in our reactions were obvious. sarah was so excited to see the city, constantly looking around taking in as much as possible, commenting on every amazement, very much like i was still just several weeks before, but regrettably now still unable to see the beauty in things, simply unable. i felt bad that i was in this state for sarah's visit, but only rest would change me.], stopping to watch the astronomical clock perform its dance, across the charles bridge, seeking an alone place. high above with a beautiful view, up a long steep path. we watched others walking below looking up, and some came and some didn't. finally back down, the heat again sapping until we found a secluded quiet park and rested. dinner and then a slow quiet walk in the dark up to the castle, circling, and then back down to the bridge for the swirling sky. the heads of the statues alight with halos of insects; it is a good day to be a spider in prague. intricate cities of orbs; a hierarchy, unified and feasting. the end of a slow sweet day.

back in the hostel we discussed our plans for the next several days. tomorrow we'd visit terezin, a jewish ghetto and concentration camp during wwii, approximately an hour north of prague. the following day we'd visit kutna hora, a small medieval town southwest of prague. we'd then leave prague to travel to cesky krumlov, over to luhacovice (where my great grandmother was raised), and eventually down to bratislava, slovakia, and then budapest, hungary.

so where were the spiders while the fly tried to break our balls?
: ziggy stardust, david bowie

posted by paul on Wed 27 Jul 2005 at 00:00:00 est (-05:00)


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