Air Raid Sirens in Prague

Every first Wednesday of the month at noon, public life in the Czech Republic is absorbed by the wailing of air raid sirens, followed by an announcement assuring us that this is not about a real threat. This is just a regular test.

This event never fails to evoke my childhood memories of walking home through the village at night between endless convoys of tanks and sleeping to the sound of tank tracks and remote gun fire.

Having grown up in Cold War Europe strangely unites the people from east and west more than the Iron Curtain has ever managed to separate us.

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