I’ve neglected you, my readers (I’m sure you have been hanging on my every word, and have pined for my brilliant renditions of Prague life), and for that I apologize.
Previously, I posted about non-tasty Czech foods. Mostly, the food is still non-tasty. However, there are a few non-non-tasty foods that I could share with you. I call them non-non-tasty, because they’re not particularly delicious, but plain leaning towards tolerable, which is an improvement.
Below you’ll see a cylindrically-shaped cookie (Trdlo), held by a rather foolish-looking girl who isn’t me. They make these confections by wrapping dough around a metal rod and heating them until stiff. It seemed to be sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon, and was, by all accounts, okay.
Below that, you’ll see traditional Czech fruit dumplings. I was most excited to try these, thinking you really couldn’t go wrong with blueberries and delicious vanilla custard. Alas! They were somewhat dry and salty in a way that wasn’t particularly complementary to the sweetness of the blueberries and vanilla. But, they were okay.
Both of these foods were consumed in the beautiful little village of Karlstejn, which lies about 40 minutes outside of Prague. I have to say, the loveliness of this place nicely juxtaposed the relative mediocrity of its food. After my program director and I defeated the damn-near-90-degree incline to the castle, we were met with a breathtaking view: Rolling, vividly green forested hills against a crisp blue sky.
Every once in a while, we humans experience what is commonly referred to as a “spiritual” experience: an ego-destruction of sorts, and we feel expansive, organic, self-transcendent, all in the space of a few moments. Most often as a result of being confronted with something truly beautiful or magnificent, humbling.
Apart from the view, I was in a real castle. A castle! It’s the stuff of my dreams.
I’ve posted a few pictures for your enjoyment.