Prague - one of those cities that had escaped my forays into Europe in the 1990s when I was in my 20s and both working and travelling around Europe during much of this decade. In fact, it got me reflecting - just HOW is it I've never been to Prague up until 2012? Vienna, Budapest, Krakow, even Bratislava - all part of my impressive list of experiences, except perhaps the most obvious capital in that region.
Luckily my company was invited to attend a conference in Prague, and I was the delegate to attend. There are a number of popular business venues in Prague
, and I was quick to realise just how popular this city was for holding such international conferences. The agenda of our meeting
was to discuss our ordering strategy for 2013 given the Euro woes. Should we invest more into our new Thailand office, a branch completely untainted by the unfolding Eurozone crisis? This was to be a crucial meeting, and I had to be really careful what I proposed, because there would be jobs in my UK office on the line (a country that despite having its own currency, is still embroiled in the Euro problems) - and yet, we HAD to find a solution for 2013.
Despite our business worries, I was determined to have a good time in Prague of course. Just from its sheer popularity as a destination for UK travellers, I knew there is wide range of entertainment possibilities
to be discovered in this great city, and planned to clear a whole day for sight-seeing and generally soaking up the atmosphere of the old capital.
Well, I just got back from my trip. We made our business plans, and I got to see as much of the city as I could in 24 hours. I fell in love with the place, and my 24 hour romance has smittened me. I have already made a plan to spend a full week in Prague to truly appreciate this wonderful city that somehow escaped all my travel itineraries up to now.