Fall is my favorite time of year in Prague. The air starts getting a little bit cooler, the leaves start dressing with a little more fire and flair, and I get to start using my heater to dry clothes again. Fall is the time that I start the “Jacket Evolution” which begins with a hoodie, and then over the course of the long winter, ends with a full length, weather proof and very warm coat. I should note that not all ladies in this fair city participate in the Jacket Evolution. Prague is the one city where it can be freezing (literally) cold outside and you will see women walking around in mini skirts and heels. Better you than me honey.
Fall here is way better than the faux Fall of Southern California. In L.A. fall consists of mild temperatures (about 70 degrees) and department stores decorating their display tables with lots of oranges, browns, and yellows. It’s not California’s fault, and until I moved to Europe I really didn’t know what I was missing. It’s a grass is always greener deal, I think. When I talk to the parents at my pre-school, the first thing they want to know is why in the world I would want to move from California to live in Prague. “California is sunny and you have the beach!” they always say. Well, I got news for you. I rarely – if ever – went to the beach in Los Angeles. I can’t even recall the last time I went to a beach in L.A. I went often in Mexico, and once or twice to a bon fire in San Francisco, but I must have been a teenager the last time I saw waves in sunny Los Angeles. I guess it comes down to me not being a “beach” person. If we were playing one of those games where you have to choose either BEACH or MOUNTAINS – and you can’t say both – then I would say mountains. The mountains don’t leave a salty film on me.
So, Prague is kind of the best of both worlds for me. Sure it’s landlocked, but I honestly don’t mind. I like the cold weather here and seeing the change of seasons. I like having a reason other than fashion to wear a coat. I like starting a fire in the fire place out of necessity for warmth. I came to this country in fall about four years ago, so maybe its just as simple as that. It reminds me of a time when I found my home.