Prague and a couple videos

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Thomas on a Segway near the Charles Bridge

Day 8: Since Prague was the first city where Thomas had a chance to tour, he chose to do it by Segway. Let me just say — those things are cool! We did a 3-hour tour of sights around the city, and though the tour wasn’t that exciting, the Segways were really fun to play on. Segways are controlled by shifting your weight. It sort of feels like roller-blading or skiing, except you can’t really fall over on them. They go up to 12.5 miles per hour and go forward, reverse, or in circles depending on which way you shift your weight. Here’s some video I shot of Thomas on his Segway; it’s bumpy because I’m also on one.  (Sorry about all the wind noise…)

Prague is a crazy city. To me, it felt like a tiny Amsterdam – not in the way of bikes and canals, but in partiers and trippy things. I loved looking in the souvenir shops in this town – among the weirdest were string puppets and absinthe. I got some Matryoshka nesting dolls.  I thought they were more of a Russian thing than Czech, but oh well.  :)   That night, we saw a Black Light Theater troup called Ta Fantastika that my brother toured with when he was a teen. It’s hard to explain Black light theater – it’s a mix between magic and the circus. Here’s some clips from the show we saw:

Prague was a quick stop, but worth it.  The food and beers were excellent, the city is beautifully ornate, and though crowded with tourists, they’re all there to have a good time.

6 Comments on Prague and a couple videos

  1. Lydia
    July 29, 2009 at 2:09 PM (5 years ago)

    That looks like so much fun. I have always wanted to ride a Segway, but Adrian says they are too dorky :(

  2. Simon
    July 29, 2009 at 2:40 PM (5 years ago)

    Lauren and I saw Aspects of Alice when we were in Prague in Spring – what a trippy show!

    Glad you liked Prague!

  3. Laura
    July 29, 2009 at 4:03 PM (5 years ago)

    The Segways look fun. Apparently you can do a tour of Brussels on one…

  4. Reid
    July 29, 2009 at 6:26 PM (5 years ago)

    FUN! I am amazed at your video skills while on a segway too. You guys became pros.

  5. Ali Meyer
    July 30, 2009 at 8:29 AM (5 years ago)

    At first I was a little amazed with all the Matryoshka nesting dolls, but then again the Czech Rep was basically under Russian/Soviet rule for so long that I guess it became common to make them in these countries as well. I also bought some woodcarved / painted snowmen ones for my mom, unless I decide to keep them for myself :)

    I hope you enjoyed the city despite the crazy crowds! It looks like you had a fun time on the skegways. I still need to try those out!

  6. Sarah
    August 6, 2009 at 2:13 PM (5 years ago)

    Woohoo, Segways come from my hometown :)

    H and U had a great time in Prague as well (but not by Segway).