Like many travelers before me, I’ve always wanted to visit Prague. Part of it is the sense of enlightenment through its history. Prague Spring in 1968 was a temporary thawing of Communist ruled Czechoslovakia. This so-called “Communism with a Face” was the Czechs’ attempt to bring their government in line with their citizenry. Although it was ruthlessly put down by the Soviet Union in the summer of 1968, I always felt a kindred spirit with the Prague citizens. They tried to improve their situation in non-violent ways. In 1989 Prague was freed from 41 years of Communist control by the bloodless “Velvet Revolution.” Hand it to the Czechs; they know how to throw a revolution where no one gets hurt.
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