July 7, 2005
Better than Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart has always low prices. Always. But have you seen its architecture? It has always uninspiring box. Always.
Prague does better than Wal-Mart in every sense of the word. The walls in Prague are intricately carved and painted; the marts and street vendors offer a healthy assortment of fruits, concert tickets, and handmade trinkets.
Every visitor freely describes Prague as "beautiful" until the aggregate definition surpasses the realm of possibility. Sure, Prague is better than Wal-Mart, but it's the nonchalance and comparatively undiscovered elegance of places like Cinque Terre, Italy and Malta that turn me on.
You can see Prague. But the ineffability of true beauty can be closer to a trivial serendipity in the next room. Like a ladybug on your pinky toe, outside always uninspiring box. Always.