I came running, I was not even sure I was going to catch up with the free tour that was supposed to start at 10:30 because the clock in the square read 10:35; anyways, on my way running I saw a group of people whom seemed like they were going on a tour.
Well anyone reading would think to themselves and say: “Of course a group of people following one person must be a tour unless he (referring to me) is stupid then he (me again) would not figure that on his own umzugsfirma wien.” Relax, believe me, I am not stupid it is just Prague is crowded with foreigners and I can confidently assume that there is a tour starting every few minutes but as I was hoping to tag along the free tour because only then I would not be held to pay a certain amount.
The free tour in reality is not free as it is not subsidized by anyone but it is just a name given to the tour to attract more people that can not afford to go on a tour on their own when they are in a city alone which is usually the case in my situation; that I both travel alone or do not want to spend too much money to be on a tour alone.
One guy looks at me and immediately figures out that I am lost or confused and do not know where to go; when our eyes crossed each other I quickly reacted with my mouth and burst saying: “Is this the free tour?” He said, “Yep, come along.” I said to myself, “Maybe people are not very punctual here or I may have gotten lucky this time!” In the back of my mind, it did not matter because the most important thing to me was to be in that free tour as it was the only one on that day.
I started to walk and I saw most of the people walking in groups of two or three and I was the only one walking alone; I can not say anything except few words came to my mind such as “Snap, Alone, Crap, Damn etc… ” I think you get how I felt, the thought of me being alone always scares the crap out of me.
The tour guide was a nice guy half and half; he was half American and Czech this is cool because ideally you want someone that is very passionate about the place they are giving you a tour of. This is the only way the love, passion and appreciation of the place will resonate with you as a foreigner and maybe be able to understand or value the place a little more than what you have heard or read about it.
This analogy was proved right as the tour guide was so in love with the city; sometimes I thought he was being Romeo and Juliet was the city. “I Love it,” when everyone enjoy every damn thing they do because inevitably everyone else that they get in contact with will too. This will result in a great if not exceptional moments.
In the beginning of the tour I felt all these bad things as I said because I thought I was the only one that came alone to the tour but I quickly started noticing that majority of the people in the tour came alone as well. I said to myself how many times I limit or put myself in a situation where I do not even get a chance to evaluate the situation and therefore feel a lot of many unnecessary feelings especially bad.
Later, the tour guide recounted to us a story about the history of one of the theater’s in Prague where none other than the famous Mozart had performed. Mozart had made a great statement to all the people in Prague about how their appreciation for his music had made him the happiest person because his Praguers understood him.
This immediately clicked in my mind and just would not leave my thoughts since he had said moreover it reminded me of many people ask me a question on their first encounter with me in Kiev especially or the world in general; that question is, “Why Ukraine? Why there out of all places?” I am not going to lie many times even I have struggled to answer this question but once I heard the story of Mozart with Prague all the doubts were shredded.