formiko wrote:What makes the Czech republic so great? (I'm not being facetious, it's just that everyone says that)
I've only been there once, but I found the people really great. A lot of times, you find that those who have lived through totalitarianism have had the humanity beaten out of them, but not the Czechs. I found them friendly and easy-going--more so than the (West) Germans I'd been living with for a year before visiting Prague. I think I've already told my story about the helpful lady at the Vyšehrad cemetery who showed me the way to Dvořak's tombstone. I had similar experiences wherever I went. I remember disputing a bill at a bar and, even though it turned out I was in the wrong, the owner was willing to give me the money back just to keep me happy. (I didn't take it.)
Given that, the good food, excellent beer, beautiful art, and stunning architecture are all, as we say, just gravy.