Finding a place to pee
Trip Start Jul 01, 2010
78Trip End Jun 30, 2011
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Hotel Fortuna City
Truth is I've been hesitant to write due to some...ahhh, shall we say slight negativity emanating from this usual beacon of shiny happiness (I think a couple of people just had to reread that line to make sure they read it correctly). I don't really want to elaborate at this time, perhaps down the road after a bit of perspective has crept into my sick little brain I might divulge. It might even make for interesting reading but probably not. Here's just a wee sampling in the midst of my doom and gloom mood, "more random thoughts...why.exactly.am.i.here? this feels like a trip with no purpose
Of the utmost importance when traveling- especially when one tends to enjoy a nice cold one every now and then- is finding a place to relieve one's self. In Prague or Praha as it's known in the land of the people who actually named the place, beer is everywhere (savoir faire is everywhere!) -delicious, sudsy, original Pilsner beer. There are many claims to who invented beer or where the first beers were quaffed and the Czechs certainly have a legit claim but wherever or whoever it was, I must admit to liking the Czech Pilsner. Today Chisa and I drank some delish Pilsner Urquell at the U zlateho tygra (At the Golden Tiger), one of the most Czech of the Czech pubs http://www.uzlatehotygra.cz/uzlatehotygra.cz/Pivnice.html. This place was apparently the favorite watering hole of Václav Havel and one of his mentors, writer Bohumil Hrabal and on Jan. 11, 1994 they brought Bill Clinton and Madeleine Albright here for a traditional Czech pub evening during Clinton's visithttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMboX9MrP1U and then off we went to wander the lovely, winding streets of Praha.
Of course having the wee bladder that I have and the seal having been broken in the pub, it wasn`t long before I was searching high and low for a washroom...it`s a skill I tell you and I can sniff out a building with a washroom or a friendly resto or bar that will let me avail myself of their facilities. Another thing to look out for is McDonald's, perhaps the scourge of any self respecting traveller but man I do appreciate them when my knees are getting weak and I`m all twisted up like Peter Sellers doing the pee dance in 'The Party'. I found the Praha public library (libraries are gold) and later on walked into a Hyatt Hotel acting every bit the guest I wasn't and used their snazzy washroom.
We wandered some more and were getting mighty hungry so we stopped at a sausage and schnitzel stand to sample some fried cheese and a chicken schnitzel
We decided to end the evening at a wonderful teahouse called Dobra Cajovna http://www.tea.cz/cajovna/index.php?toc=&&gal=1vaclavak&&row=. Great atmosphere - both regular chairs and table and areas with low tables, mats and small pillows, cool chill out place and with the some tres cool tunes - Easy Star All Stars dub version of Dark Side of the Moon called appropriately enough, Dub Side of the Moon. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_aYli_1iqs&NR=1