Friday, March 31, 2006
Well we’ve been loitering around Prague for a couple of days now; we discovered that a little restaurant / pub just around the corner from our apartment has WiFi, so I finally have a communication use for the laptop I lugged halfway around the world. It’s evening, and Laura and I just had dinner, and I’m sitting drinking Czech beer that arrived, frothing over, in exactly the oversized glass stein you can picture if you imagine it.
Prague is lovely; it’s littered with beautiful buildings and, unexpectedly, Italians on holiday. I think I may have heard more Italian than Czech in the tourist areas. Also a fair dose of French. The tourist areas are surprisingly busy, considering it’s barely April. I can only imagine what a zoo this place must be in the summer. At least the Charles Bridge was deserted at dawn this morning when I was out wandering around suffering from jet lag.
Czech food, as it turns out, is not nearly as bad as you might imagine. It does feature a lot of cabbage, but they do something to it to make it delicious. I suspect lard is involved. Laura has been eating lots of roast duck, and I’ve been enjoying potato dumplings stuffed with various things. It’s best not to ask what.
Little Ryan has been doing quite well so far, although it’s certainly an adjustment learning to travel with her. Everything is fine and rosy when she’s rested and happy, but things go south in a hurry if we’re far from home and she gets tired, hungry, or fed up of being carried. We are refining a schedule around her. On the plus side, she’s been sleeping like a log for 10-12 hours at a stretch without eating, so we’ve been able to keep up on our sleep.
I have been taking pictures and working hard to justify the weight and bulk of a laptop by processing them in the field. A selection will be going up sporadically on chromalark; here’s the first, from Prague’s superb public transit system: