The year 2018 is a big one for the Czech Republic. It marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of modern Czechoslovakia, and while that country no longer exists, it’s more than fair to say that without Czechoslovakia there would be no “Czechia.” It’s also a big year for me personally. It happens to be the 25th anniversary of the year that we (myself and four friends) opened “The Globe Bookstore & Coffeehouse” in a nondescript Prague neighborhood, in a city still finding its feet following the 1989 Velvet Revolution. Of all the jobs I’ve had and lives I’ve lived since first coming to this country in the 1980s, being part of the Globe is still probably the thing I’m most proud of.
I plan to write a few posts here on the Globe. In future stories, I’ll share some of my favorite moments, but for this first post I’ll go back to that spring of 1993 when it all seemed like it was never going to happen until, one day, it did.