THE LAST NIGHT
After our walking tour of the city of Prague, we arrived back at the hotel cold, tired and hungry. I went and grabbed a quick shower and put my new Czech Republic marionette in my room.
Dinner was planned at a local pub/restaurant with all of the Bloggers 5, along with Dino Baskovic, Robin Luymes and Kate Makled. I spoke with Kate for a little while on the way to the restaurant. I found out her job consisted of “crisis management” public relations. A job description that I remarked probably kept her busy. Kate is directly under Rob Zeiger, the Director of Communications for Alticor. So she’s a “big dog”, and I felt honored that she decided to join us for dinner. And can I say? Dare I say?…yeah why not…she’s a babe.
Dino had received a map of the restaurant’s location and at the appropriate time, we began our trek to the restaurant. Bridgett and Kate opted for sensible shoes instead of “heels” to make the walk along the cobblestone streets. It was a smart decision. The streets are pretty and historic, but uneven and a bit treacherous in the dark.
I walked with Dino for a while since he had the map, but early on in the trip, Big Apple took over the job of leading us to the restaurant. Big Apple had been by the restaurant earlier in his tours of the city and was sure he could get us there. It was funny that the group divided up in different smaller groups as conversations changed throughout the walk. Someone would speed up to a group of three to get in on a chat; or slow down to a group of two to join in on a different conversation. It seemed to take a while of walking and a few twists and turns, but we arrived at the pub ready to eat.
I had seen on several menus at different places, a Czech favorite called, Pork Knee. Okay, maybe I’m not a world traveler, but I sorta thought that since the Czech Republic was “old country”; that a dish called Pork Knee was akin to a Southern favorite, “Ham Hocks“, the lower portion of the pig leg. Ham Hocks are a tasty addition to soups and beans, not much meat but delicious “soul food”.
I couldn’t have been further from the truth. I had a mini roasted leg of pig that started right below where a “cut” of ham would begin. Smoked and roasted to perfection, served with a mustard and bread. I opted for some “French Fries” as well. The waitress looked annoyed at THAT selection of “side”, but hell, it was on the menu and I like fries with my Pork Knee.
QUICK TRAVEL TIP: I didn’t drink a lot of alcohol on this trip because I was on medication so I have to tell you about Coke and Pepsi in the Czech Republic. Cokes and Pepsis DO NOT taste the same as they do in Alabama. I read that it has to do with the water supply. In many countries Coke and Pepsi, while still maintaining a “coke” taste–still taste a bit “off”. In my case, they had a “diet” aftertaste; a sweet, almost saccharine flavor. Not unpleasant enough to forgo ordering, but not quite the same as the USA.
I sat with Dino and Robin, and David Steadson closet to me. Dino and David talked “computers” for a while. Dino and I talked about stand up comedy and my experiences in comedy clubs. Robin was a great conversationalist with a wide variety of interests.
After dinner, we made our way back to the hotel. (It seemed faster this time) and we all hung out in the lobby.
I knew that Tex and I had an early flight out the next morning, but the conversations seemed to never come to an end. I took a quick picture with Robin, Dino and Kate. I remarked that I wanted a photo of me and the “corporate geeks”. I think Bridgett thought I insulted them, but Dino had mentioned being a “geek” at dinner AND I use “corporate geeks” with affection.
After the corporate ge–ummm…folks left; the Bloggers 5 continued talking until late. We exchanged email addresses, took a few more photos and I eventually said good night.
My last night in Prague, Czech Republic couldn’t have been better.