Baby Jesus and the Brandy: A Czech Christmas Tale Part 2

So as previously discussed, Christmas is not exactly a standardized holiday. Between different nations and/or cultures, the day may be different, the events may proceed differently, the movies are different, et cetera et cetera. There is one rather large part I've left out. Food. As opposed to the expected US Thanksgiving, Christmas has no set… Continue reading Baby Jesus and the Brandy: A Czech Christmas Tale Part 2

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Baby Jesus and the Brandy: A Czech Christmas Tale Pt. 1

Christmas appears to be the one holiday that everyone has at least some kind of response to. For some it's a wistful memory, some bitter hatred, or even an (often over-)emphasized ambivalence, be they theist or atheist, consumers or retail slaves, or be they human or ancient lizardfolk alike. It's wildly inclusive if one looks… Continue reading Baby Jesus and the Brandy: A Czech Christmas Tale Pt. 1

From Within/Without: A Non-Yo-Yoer at the World Yo-Yo Contest

In this world there are great number of societies and communities hidden far from the public eye. It's sort of been a lifelong interest of mine to see into these esoteric circles, really, it was a large reason I became a journalist (or was trained as one, if nothing else). Seeing how different people live… Continue reading From Within/Without: A Non-Yo-Yoer at the World Yo-Yo Contest

Wine With a Roach

I arrived in Prague after a 12-hour train ride from Lugo, Spain to Barcelona. It was surprisingly pleasant, if you'd imagine such a thing, and it was made just so much better because I actually planned with some semblance of self-decency. I was not going to spend another night in an airport, as I have… Continue reading Wine With a Roach

Fire on the Vltava: New Years in Prague – Part II

After a short repose... Our evening of protracted fermented indulgence began with myself and a friend, suitably enough, having a couple of drinks. Just a quiet time, to sit and reflect on the day's happenings, our future plans, and mere cooperative contemplation. In a bar packed with people. People already well on the way to… Continue reading Fire on the Vltava: New Years in Prague – Part II

Buzzing in the Clouds: New Years in Prague – Part I

Prague, my first European city, has held a special sway over me since my first visit as a closed-in American who had really never left the confines of New England. At first, I hated it. The language was weird. I was freaked out. However, since then I (luckily) had the presence of mind to reslly… Continue reading Buzzing in the Clouds: New Years in Prague – Part I