Just this week I moved into a new flat in my old neighborhood. I didn’t realize until this morning how much I missed living here. I took a walk down Vinohradska and over to Riegrovy Sady Park and got a happy feeling. I am pretty sure that at one point there was skipping. And giggling. So much has changed, and yet so much has stayed the same. There are still cute little coffee shops and restaurants scattered about the streets, Dagmar still works at the Albert and there are still smelly bums in JZP Park.
But I made a few new discoveries on my morning jog. There is a Farmer’s Market at JZP Park! I had no idea! (For all you newbies or people who don’t read my blog JZP is Expat slang for Jiřího z Poděbrad. Yeah… YOU try saying that the first week in Prague.) There is a new restaurant that specializes in Phở – a dish that is very hard to find in Prague. I even saw a pizza place that features a Ninja Turtle on the sign. I don’t know if that is good or bad, but I do know I am going back to take a picture.
I also forgot how beautiful it is here. Down in Zizkov most of the buildings are old and just getting older. Most are from communist times and are just plain ugly. They are called panelaks – which are huge, tall buildings with a bunch of flats squeezed together. Not the most inspiring sight when you walk down the street. Vinohrady has a few of those still, but it also has a great deal of beautiful buildings that make you think, “Hell yeah! I live in Europe!”
I love Zizkov and I always will but it feels good to be back where I started.