Those Prams Again!
On an unsuccessful ski-trip this weekend (there wasn't enough snow as you might imagine), I met up with Karla in the Czech-Moravian highlands between Prague and Brno. We spent a lot of time sipping coffee in cafes and watching women push prams by outside in the cold. I am still perplexed by the multitude of babies in prams you see here. This was in a small town, too. I bet in the course of one hour we saw at least twenty go by. Usually they are pushed by single women, but not always. It does seem that the entire family (Mom and Dad and Baby) often go out for walks together.
Today on expats.cz an article about traveling with your pram has appeared. It's filled with advice to mothers about how to get on and off trams, with prams. While the article's writer should spend a little more energy on suggesting transportation alternatives, she mostly presents a primer on how to get around with your pram. I have to say this all seems kind of crazy, but nonetheless it's interesting to find out how deep pram culture really goes. You can, for example, get a free sticker for your windshield from a group called "Prague Mothers" that entreats drivers, "Don't park on the sidewalk" (presumably because the prams can't get by). The article only notes in passing stress that "many mothers with very young babies have also had good experiences using a baby carrier or sling on the MHD [city transport], which also allows you to board easily." Indeed, it would make things easier for everyone. Prams are bulky, get stuck at curbs, need to be lifted into trams by at least two people, and are probably quite expensive (you really have to see the 'deluxe' ones that go by sometimes...color coordinated, matching canvas covers and shock absorbers, all-terrain tires, mud flaps over the wheels).
If you really need to get out actively, then you should look into the 'jogging stroller'. The article notes, "Jogging strollers have finally arrived in Prague, although you may be the first in your neighborhood to have one. The store Dve plus dve [sic] in Prague 4 (www.dveplusdve.cz) sells two models of chariot-style strollers that convert to bike trailers and can be used from 6 months of age."
Then, if you really really really really need to get out, find a skiing pram (or, as the lingo has it, 'chariot'). Now, does this not seem a bit much? I may find the prams a bit over-amusing, but really, where does this end? What is the purpose? Would it really be possible for this guy to be skate-skiing while towing that thing?
Tags: Czech, travel, prams