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The Empty Lot

empty lot with two diggers and ditches dug

Ten years ago, our children claimed the empty lot before we did. You could say they took advantage of the “freedom to roam” act, an act which allows the public in some European countries, including the Czech Republic, to access public and private land for recreational purposes (as long as those purposes do not damage or destroy the land). When we first moved to our house in a village on the outskirts of Prague, I didn’t know such an act existed. Nor could I have ever imagined that the strip of land that separated our property from our nearest neighbors would become something special.