A Trip to Delvita

Trip Start Feb 13, 2005
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Trip End Jul 12, 2005


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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

I have received several complaints from you, my adoring fans, that I haven't updated my travelpod recently. This has been the cause of suspicion that I have not in fact traveled anywhere in the last month. Well, here I am to tell you this is very untrue. And to prove this to you, I humbly submit my latest adventure in the wilds of the CVUT campus. I undertook this adventure with two of my flatmates, Vanessa and Mary (see my travelogue "Adventures in Masarykova H388-H390" for more details.)

Our adventure began at the crack of 11 one fine Wednesday morning. The weather was a balmy 48 degrees (that's in F for all you Americans, and for all you Europeans that's 9 C) and the sky was in the middle of a decision on what mood it was in for the day. But that's been the weather the past week...a teaser of warm (looking) sun in the morning, followed by a surprise shower just as you leave to walk to class wearing only light jacket that of course doesn't have a hood.

We collected the shopping cart that mysteriously had appeared next to our door and loaded it with the assortment of bags, backpacks, and empty beer bottles that are required for such an arduous journey to the mysterious and mythical Delvita. As we wabbled down the street (I do believe that is the most precise verb for what the wheels on the cart were doing, even if I did make it up) we were greeted with the strange looks of passing strangers. I guess the sight of three crazy women pushing a "borrowed" cart from Delvita filled with questionable cargo can elicit strange looks from the locals. Who knew? We wondered our way through campus towards our final destination. But first we stopped to visit our favorite car. It happens to be a very lovely blue Skoda (pronounced Sh-ko-da) the Czech Republic's offering to the car industry. It is a fine piece...yes, let's just leave it at that...a fine piece. Refer to pictures for clarification.

Next, it was off to the local recycling center. Located on the corner of two streets that intersect in front of the other dorm, Sinkule (Mary insists that this is the spelling) are three colored bins for varying types of recyclable items. Of course the bottle I chose to throw into the bin was still half full of very old, very smelly beer. Which of course ended up on my hands and sleeve of my white jacket. But never the less, we trudged onward, the intrepid explorers we are.

We finally arrived at our destination...the fabled Delvita. Shopping Mecca and dobre obchod (meaning good market) DELVITA. What is the Delvita you ask. It is the purveyor of all things edible and also some things not. Mostly it is where we find gastronomical relief from the menza (one of which is located suspiciously adjacent to this supermarket). After loading up on all sorts of veggies and fruits and pasta and cookies (how did those get in there) we trudged to the front to pay. I didn't make friends with the cashier who glared at me when I handed her a 2000 crown bill. That's approximately $85.9520, but it seems that in the Czech Republic it is quite the hassle to make change. Even the bank isn't immune to this difficulty, as I received the same disapproving look from the bank teller I tried to give a 2000 crown note to when paying for the 800 crown Internet connection.

But the real challenge of the Delvita comes when checking out. One must be quick and agile at the sport of bagging. The groceries are coming quickly and there is no time for mistakes with the plastic bags, and you have to try to finish before your turn is up or your goods are suddenly attacked by a barrage the groceries from the next customer. I have learned to bring my backpack, and to be very quick at evaluating the shape, size, and squishablity of each item in order to pack them in the most economical manner. It's a skill that takes time and practice. And it's not for the faint of heart. I wouldn't recommend your first visit to the Delvita to be a solo one. I would recommend the buddy system.

So here is the tale of our trip down the street and back. Now it is lunch time. Ah the fruits of our efforts.

TIP OF THE TRAVELOGUE

The Buddy System is not only a good idea for little kids crossing the street or late nights out, but also for the arduous task of grocery shopping in Prague. One to bag, the other to pay. A fine system, to be perfected over time.
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