I am travelling to Prague this weekend. Should i be beware of “grandmothers army” in Prague?
That is really a stupid article.
Do you get sarcasm?
What on Earth is a grandmother army??
Can't be too certain. Something like the Blue-Rinse Brigade, I suppose.
Hahha! Okay. Actually there are few articles on this . Just wanted to make sure about before i travel.
Ok, the article is a bit (very) sarcastic and you really do not have to worry, however, it is kind of true in all what's written there. There are seniors (not all of them but still quite common) that are just angry about at world around them. It's not hard to understand as they lived most of their active lives in a totally different environment and they are just too old now to understand and adapt to all the rapid change of the modern world taking place around them. A bit of compassion and understanding would help. And as far as tourist behaviour is concerned, it would be fine to know the habits we have here, particularly when old people are concerned. Just to name a few:
- We hold the door for someone behind us, particularly when it is a woman or a senior
- We let senior/disabled/pregnant people sit down in a crowded tram without waiting for them to ask as to do so
- When the tram/bus stops, we step out of the way and let the people get off first
I know this may be not usual everywhere in the world but it is here and behaving appropriately will save you from being frowned upon by the "army of grandmothers". And no, holding a door open for a woman or letting her sit down is not seen as gender discrimination but pure politeness :-))
in 25 years of visiting Prague it is not something I have experienced.
mind you some of the old folk can get a bit annoyed if you don't offer them a seat when on the tram,as I am now well into my 60's I don't have a problem and often get offered seats when on the trams buses and metro, must start dying my beard.
That's the way the children are brought up, usually, give up a seat on a train/tram for an elderly person. In the UK, there could be a 90 year old on crutches and the parents won't ask their children to get up. It does annoy me.