Prague was on my must-visit list of places in Europe and I am so glad we made a trip out there! We were there for a day and two full nights. Trust me, this makes sense considering we landed one afternoon, made a road trip to another must-visit place the next morning (more about this one later) and drove back the next day to have a full day in Prague before the next destination. Somehow a good night’s sleep seemed irrelevant when we were living our euro trip dreams.
Prague is a city that can be explored in a day. I absolutely loved walking through the ancient cobbled stones, admiring the meticulously detailed old architecture and the history it holds for science and art. I love stumbling upon great restaurants out of the agenda, seeing the oldest and also the most beautiful library and coming across people that had more to offer than the plate of food you were about to eat for lunch.
Not having Filipino food for awhile, we were on a mission to find one. Little did we know, a restaurant called P.Noy was across the street from our last touristy spot. We excitedly entered and was welcomed by a Caucasian man married to a Filipina. He knew more Tagalog than some of my Filipino friends. We ordered a plate of white rice and the ulam for the day which was chicken curry. We wanted adobo or sinigang but we accepted the dish as it had a Filipino twist. While we were eating and drinking our Kalamansi juice, we held a conversation with this man. He asked “what’s it like back home in America?” We replied, “It’s very work oriented. People live to work, not so much as work to live.” With his eyebrows raised, he asked, “Why?” And then he continued to explain that the feeling was too relatable. He said he used to live in Dubai, work like a dog, making a lot of money, rocking designer things and spending money on things for himself instead of his friends and family to come and realize nothing filled his void of happiness. He felt alone and lonely and the most unhappy he has ever been in his life. He said he had everything and nothing at the same time. It wasn’t until he met his wife when he realized there’s more to life than material things. He realized the value of people and actual love. He said he knows now the importance of putting people he loves first. At the end of the day, things are left on the shelf to collect dust, it doesn’t hug you after a long, restless day.
Long story short, friends and family first. I’m a big believer that busy is great. Busy is a good thing. But being too tired to not have time for important people in your life is not.