An Eye for Central Europe

Medieval castles, imperial palaces, blocky Soviet throwbacks and new glass and steel buildings lined our paths; poppy seed strudels, potato dumplings, and goose feasts filled our stomachs; light Austrian white wines, hearty Hungarian reds and freshly pulled Czech beers served as social lubrication; and Slavic, Germanic and Finno-Ugric (Hungarian) accents provided the … [Read more...]

Clown and Country: A Week in the Czech Countryside

In the midst of catching up on all things bureaucratic and beer in Prague, we opted for a week-long countryside interlude about an hour from the Czech capital.Two country buses later, we were completely removed from the big city and found ourselves thrust into the pastoral - a slower pace of life. And thanks to a friend’s generous offer, we were immersed in the … [Read more...]

Twitter-Length Answers to Prague’s Top 10 Questions

We have been in Prague – our previous home – for a little over a week now. We've noticed our friends' questions regarding our journey and current state huddling around certain themes.Although we can’t succinctly recreate online the atmosphere of a Pilsner beer-driven discussion in a Czech pub, we can attempt to answer these questions with astounding brevity in … [Read more...]

Is This The End?

As scheduled, we are flying to Europe today from China.Asia has been our home for almost 18 months. Now that we've become accustomed to dumplings, noodle soup and Nescafe with condensed milk for breakfast, we depart with mixed emotions (well, our emotions towards Nescafe are clear: we are very happy to leave it behind). We also leave behind the richness of … [Read more...]

Eating Ethnic in Prague

Pho (Vietnamese Soup), Prague Style

When we first moved to Prague in 2001, ethnic restaurants were relatively expensive; the selection was slim and value low. In response, we sought out odd spice shops and developed new skills in cooking Italian, Indian, Thai and Mexican. As with the availability of ingredients, the number of ethnic restaurants in Prague has grown substantially over the last few years. … [Read more...]