I’ve been doing some serious travelling the past few weeks — Paris, Berlin, and Prague. I am touristed right out. Visiting all these big cities with their throngs of tourists makes Europe feel like one big museum. It will take me a little while now before I feel like I need to see another old building, museum, or hop-on-hop-off tour-bus. Nevertheless, it’s been fun to see what all the fuss is about and soak up some cultural ambiance and history.
Paris was lovely. I had fun practicing my broken french (10 years of French classes and I still can barely string together a sentence with my petit vocabulaire). We didn’t see any of the anticipated ‘rude parisians’ you hear so much about. In fact, all the locals we met were very friendly.
Berlin was very modern and industrial. Many parts felt similar to Edmonton, probably because a lot of the construction is of the same era. The Skinny Puppy show there was great, except for some sound problems that put the band on tilt a little. I also got me a Berlin hair cut.
We took a four hour train ride to Prague, which is such a nice way to travel. Prague was really cool looking, but seemed to be brimming over with tourists, to the point it felt a little suffocating. I found it very hard to learn the basics czech language — both hard to remember and tricky to get the pronounciation right. It wasn’t necessary since everyone spoke great English, but I feel like a douche if I can’t use at least some basic pleasantries as a foreign visitor. It was awesome picking up the bill at restaurants — so cheap! A pint of beer costs about €1, and a full three-course meal for the two of us, including drinks could be found for €20. In Berlin, I paid €25 for a Skinny Puppy t-shirt. At the Prague show, I bought three t-shirts and a cap for €50. The Prague show was better than the Berlin show — the sound still had a few glitches, but the volume was better and the show had more energy. It was a bit shorter than the Berlin show. They didn’t play Ugli for some reason, and the Encore was shorter too.
Good times. As per usual, check Christine’s blog for more in-depth notes and pictures. I’m too lazy. Here’s a few of my favorite pictures: