Right now, even the temperature comparisons are significantly different to his experience. We're currently experiencing much lower temperatures than traditional seasonal averages,
with highs of -5C and lows as low as-13C. Whereas this time last year we had a couple of isolated snow days, this year we've experienced many more days and much more persistent snow.
I'm the first to admit, that Prague looks gorgeous under a snowy mantle - and my view from the tram stop, looking over the Vlatava to the castle, has been transformed into a wintry wonderland over the last couple of weeks. Walking around Prague in the snow is a different matter altogether. Snow, ice, cobblestones and marble pavements do not make the pedestrian's lot a happy one.
In his article, Evan Rail talks about grey, overcast skies but I have to disagree there as well. The constantly changing light in the city is one of its greatest attractions for me. Rarely are the skies just grey. There are subtle pinks, mauves and blues on most days, and when the sun breaks through both the castle and the buildings around Muzeum Bedřicha Smetany shimmer like gold.
Off to a new venue tonight - The Red Rooms bar where our mate Jill is performing tonight. And off to see Paper Kites at the Rock Cafe on Tuesday. Luckily both places are within 10 minutes walk through the backstreets...it's dropping to -11C tonight!