No, Czech Republic, near the Polish border. Those apartment blocks, called paneláký by the locals here, are ubiquitous throughout the former East Bloc. Berlin, especially the former DDR parts of it, is chock-full of them. There's tons of them on the outskirts of Prague. They're called sidlítě, housing estates. They cater to everyone on the socio-economic spectrum; lots of middle-class folks live in them. I even know a well-off fellow who lives in one. They may look like hell on the outside, but you can do a lot with 'em on the inside.
posted on 02/15/2013 1:12:12 PM PST
(It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
I was in Prague for three months during college - 1991. They put us in the ugliest cell-block dormitory I had ever seen. The rooms were so small that I could lay in my little bed, reach an arm across and touch my roommate in her bed. (Not that I did that, mind you. But I could have!) But the hallways were big enough to drive a Panzer tank through.
But the city...ahhh! The Prague is the most beautiful city in the world.
I also remember going into Prague castle and seeing these extraordinary, ornate ballrooms with beautiful murals, gold leaf ceilings, crystal chandeliers...and the Communists had filled them with auditorium seating made of ugly, blocky chairs covered with filthy beige vinyl. Talk about a contrast.
posted on 02/15/2013 1:47:34 PM PST
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