To make up for the delay in this post, it's extra long, super colorful, and jam-packed with videos (four of them!)!
|There's a two-week long "Bohemian Carnevale" going on right now that apparently is a vestige of when Czechs were actually a religious (Catholic) nation. It's basically, as I understand it, a huge celebration leading up to Lent. In practice, it's a huge party with lots of parades and costumes and masks and performances. These "horses" were among my favorite--I'm not really sure how they work because, as you can see, the legs of the people "riding" the "horses" are on the outside of the horse...so I'm not sure what's connected to the stilts! There's definitely not another person inside there. Thoughts?|
|Petting my favorite horse--we match!|
They really do a good job of imitating the way that real horses look when they walk; I'm still impressed when I watch this video.
|High-five for the shorty!|
|Low-five for the super-shorty :)|
|Just thought this was really cute and/or belonged in some sort of weird absurdist magazine or something like that.|
They are literally running across the square with pig heads on.
I really wanted to dance with the bear, but I was too nervous to cut in.
|I guess there can only be one sun, and since the real one wasn't shining, this really tall one on stilts took over (with the astronomical clock tower in the background).|
|As advertised on Facebook :)|
|Classic tourist picture, since everyone should have one. I'm really good at asking strangers to take pictures of me.|
|The view from the top of the Prague Castle complex. Red roofs have cleared a spot in my heart right there next to beautiful doors.|
|This is the first building in the Castle complex, complete with guards outside and a beautiful view of the city below. I didn't realize how surreal it looked until I saw the picture on the screen.|
There was also dancing!
|Coolest thing ever: a spork (middle) from the 17th century! And it's foldable! Someone want to get this for me for my next hiking trip?|
|Looking east from the Charles Bridge.|
|The Prague Castle at twilight|
|From the Charles Bridge|
|With one of the Charles Bridge statues in the foreground|