On my own today, and I had some stravenky for lunch ( a wonderful Czech invention,stravenky, restaurant coupons, a lot of companies give them out to employees as a perk, Helena gets them), and so I took a walk in to the center.
I do not know if it is my imagination, but it seems to me the streets of Prague grow more crowded year on year, and certainly a lot of people were on the streets of Karlin today. Is the population of the Earth increasing so fast that it is perceptible over a short period of time? It has doubled in my lifetime, that’s a fact. A scary fact.
I was debating in my head whether to go to KFC or the golden arched behemoth, when I came to a Viet Namese place. See, on my quest through life, I am always looking for signs, and quite often they are literal signs.
So, I stepped through the door, out of the stifling, still summer heat into a cool, dark interior. Actually, it was kind of sweaty inside, too, but they had a big fan going.
I ordered the Pho, but I was watching others meals as they arrived and realized I have got to expand my reportoire in Viet Namese restaurants. It all looked good.
Now, one thing about living in Prague is your tolerance for spicy food slips a bit. When I was living in L.A., I loved the spicy food, mostly Mexican. I held my own when I was living in Thailand. But it’s not a usual thing and you get out of the habit.
Well, today, I got back in the habit. Before I finished my soup my eyes were watering, my sinuses were clear, and I was sweating more like I was in a sauna than a restaurant. I felt great. I’d forgotten how much I like spicy food.