Praga

Sunday, April 24, 2016


Varssavisse saabumisest saadik olen olnud äärmiselt elevil nende paikade avastamise üle, mida varasematel kordadel kuidagi näha pole suutnud. Selles mõttes on äärmiselt vahva suurlinnas elada ning omasoodu turisti mängida, kuna kohti, mida näha ja tundma õppida, on niivõrd mitmeid. Eelmisel nädalavahetusel, mil kätte jõudis siinne esimene tõeline suvesooja meenutav kevadilm, otsustasin minna ja külastada Vistula jõe paremale poolele jäävat Praga linnaosa. 

Praga oli kuni 18. sajandini omaette eksisteeriv linn, mil see siis Varssaviga ametlikult ühendati, kandes endas nii töölisklassi elurajooni kui ka ühe vaeseima linnaosa tiitlit. Seda peetakse küll Varssavi üheks ohtlikumaks linnaosaks ning seda eelkõige ööpimeduses, kuid tõttöelda oli see päeval üks lahedamaid, mida Varssavis näinud olen. Kuna Praga ei saanud sõjategevuses suuri kahjustusi, on kõik see, mida tänavatel näha saab - erinevalt suurest osast ülejäänud Varssavist-, tõeliselt ehe. Miskipärast kipuvad taolised linnaosad, mis on pisut räsitud ning ajale jalgu jäänud, mingil hetkel totaalselt ellu ärkama ning muutuvad erinäoliste ja veidrate pubide, kohvikute, galeriide ja klubide tärkamistega inimeste uueks sotsiaalseks keskpunktiks. Mulle kipuvad taolised hipsterite paradiisid millegipärast kohutavalt meeldima. Praga kiirgab oma postindustrialismi, vanade telliskivimajade ning silmnähtava ajalooga teistmoodi mõnusat energiat, mis kummalisel moel lihtsalt endasse tõmbab.  


Ever since arriving to Warsaw I have been extremely excited about discovering the places that have been left unseen during the previous times. In that sense living in a big city like Warsaw and playing tourist is tremendously fun, because the list of places to see and get to know is long. Last weekend when we experienced the first awaited warm spring day with summer vibes, I decided to go and check out the Praga region that lies on the "other " side of the town, right bank of the Vistula river. 

Praga used to be an sepratate town until it was unified with Warsaw in the 18th century. It has so far been mostly considered as the habitat of the working class and one of the poorest parts of Warsaw. It is also known as one of the most dangerous areas in the city, mostly during the night ours, but truth to be told, at daytime it was one of the coolest places I have seen in Warsaw. As Praga did not get such major war destructions like the rest of Warsaw did, everything you see on the streets is as real as it gets. For some reasons, districts alike to Praga, that are a bit raddled and getting in the way of time, at some point suddenly come to life. And as the unique and quirky pubs, cafes, galleries and clubs open up, the place becomes the people's new social centerpiece. Somehow I seem to be really into such hipster paradises. But Praga with its post-industrialism, old brick buildings and obvious histroy radiates this different kind of enjoyable energy that just drags you in.  

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