Water and Tourists on the Rise
High water has not discouraged the spring tourists. We are inundated with more swarms of Italian teenagers than water, leading me to wonder whether they were the first in a series of pseudo-biblical plagues. Fortunately, at this stage there are only scattered gangs of the dreaded British stag partyers (Italian teenagers are innocuous and sweet in comparison with these, as every Prague resident knows). Young Americans, however, are on the rise. Megan and I were going to eat at Velryba but found it full, so I suggested the nearby Tulip; however, while the restaurant itself was fine, it rapidly filled with American females between the ages of 20-25, causing us to feel very much in the wrong place despite the fact that Megan technically fits this demographic. Even the predictably tourist-ridden Bohemia Bagel gets more Czechs and others than that. I guess Tulip's English-only web site is a warning, but when I was last there two years ago it seemed to draw a more mixed crowd.
Oh well... water and tourists. A city needs to have enough of these commodities to survive, but they can really get irritating when you have a lot of either one rushing down the streets hollering that it's in town.