Culture in Prague
One of the best things about this city are the student discounts. Anywhere you go you just have to show your student ID and you will almost always get a discount. Most museums and galleries cost around 50-80 czk (about $3-4), which is great when you’re like me and have a huge list of all the ones you want to go to. Also, it’s awesome to be able to go to hockey or soccer games where tickets are only about $7-10! And that’s for good seats too!! Some friends and I went to see an HC Sparta Praha hockey game and we sat in the 2nd row which was really fun even though we lost the game miserably. I’ve also gone to see a Romeo & Juliet Ballet, and an opera called Rusalka (similar storyline to the Little Mermaid). Both were in the Statni Opera which is a beautiful building with a big chandelier and ornate ceiling in downtown Prague. It’s so nice to be able to experience all these cultural activities without breaking my wallet every time.
Perhaps the coolest thing for me so far was to attend a photo exhibition last Thursday night. As an art major, it was so incredible to experience an opening night in a big gallery. We went with Zuzana to the Dox Center for Contemporary Art around 7:00pm. The exhibit is called “This Place” and it is a collaboration of 12 photographers who lived and worked in Israel and the West Bank for a few years. When we got there we had about twenty minutes to look around at the photographs before the opening ceremony. Outside in the courtyard there was a big stage and a fire pit (which was good news for me seeing as I wore a dress and it was freezing out). The artists each stood up and talked about the project and what their work meant to them, then everyone got wine and continued to look at the art and mingle. Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to speak to any of the photographers about their work, but it was still an incredible night. The exhibit was so inspiring for me, as cheesy as that sounds, and it was something I would never have gotten to experience if it weren’t for Zuzana. I’m hoping I will continue to be able to attend cultural events and performances throughout the semester but I’m starting to travel more often, and midterms are coming up soon so it’ll be difficult. Anyway, I’m off to Budapest this weekend! Hopefully it’s as much fun as it sounds!! I’ll keep you posted 🙂