layed around in bed
my body felt sore
i undulated my spine
meditated a bit
then had breakfast with Leo
i noticed my sinuses were starting to hurt
and i sneezed a few times
so i took the homeopathic Kali Bich again
and went into the toilet and washed my sinuses out with my urine
Leo was out of Cash
so we went off to get some Money changed
the place right next to our hotel gave me
2347Kcs for $100
Leo had traveler's checks
so we had to look for a bank.
we decided to go on a walking tour today.
we walked down to Wenceslaw Square
the main commercial/tourist area
we'd not been there yet
but that's where we were to meet the tour guide
on the way
we found a bank
and i saw a liquor store that had many different bottles of Absinth in the window
some of them the right color...
but i didn't want to carry any of it around the city all day
we went from there to an internet cafe
cheapest we'd found so far
1Kc per minute
so he answered his messages
and i answered mine
and did my best to cull some interesting profiles from Prague
sent out a few messages
maybe i could get someone to go to the movie with me tomorrow?
Leo got a message from a guy who had been wanting to meet me back in NY
and had seen Leo's link in my profile
so messaged him as well
we wrote down his number so we could call him
but he gave us both different numbers
so i just messaged him back
maybe we could meet up tomorrow?
we walked to the square...
we were supposed to meet the guide at the Statue of Wenceslaws on his horse..
there he was, with the yellow umbrella
a cute blond czech boy
Leo had a big smile on his face
but when we paid him for the tour
(the equivalent of ~€18 each)
he told us our tour guide would be here soon, a girl named Simona
so we looked around the square
enjoying all the tourists taking pictures of the statue
as the crowd of our group gathered..
this was just a random day
well, the ides of march, yeah
in the winter..
we had over 20 people for the tour!
she told us a lot of history
had a great sense of humor
and aligned pretty well with my political beliefs.
i'll spare the details of the tour
if you want to know all about it
go to prague and do it yourself
but it was pretty good
we'd basically done the second half of it already
it was nice to get more info from our guide
up at the Palace, where the tour ended
the day was much hazier than when we'd been there the day before
which made me sad the view wasn't as nice
but glad i'd taken pictures when it was
Leo and i walked back down into the city
to meet my friend Jerry at Old Town Square.
Jerry was a guy i met working at the Bath House in Portland
back in '99
we'd kept in touch all those years
meeting up when he moved back to San Francisco
he's a sweet guy
a Legal Assistant
which says a bit about his personality
i was a bit saddened to see that he was clean shaven now
because of the firm he's working for here in Prague
it was great to see him
he took us to the Tyn cathedral: the guy who watches over it hates tourists
so mostly keeps the church locked up but for special occasions
and Jerry had heard the organ playing when he walked by
so he knew it would be open
we got to walk around maybe 10 minutes
then he took us to an Irish bar
at that point
while they waited for the Guinness
i ran around looking for an international calling place
put on my glasses so i could see farther
and found one not too far away
tried to call Arthur for his birthday..
called and called
but he wasn't there
and the number was reaching a different voicemail than he used to have
i was worried he'd changed his number again
and sad i missed talking with him
so i went back to the Irish bar
and sat down to drink my beer..
i hadn't had a Guinness since they changed the recipe..
it's much lighter
i like the rich thick dark beers...
so i went through it pretty quick
and U2's "Joshua Tree" was playing
we left there
and Jerry took us to a back-alley Czech place
pretty good food
i ordered a different aperitif
but this time it was just a czech version of "grappe"
which isn't my favourite
pork with mushrooms and onions and ginger was pretty damn good.
Beer was good.
good good good.
we took Jerry back to our hotel
to see if he would recommend it to friends
he was impressed with our find
(he had been trying to find us a good place to stay weeks ago)
he took us to that gay bar, Friends, that we couldn't find a few nights ago
: it had moved
it was a generic gay bar
i had a dark beer that was too sweet
off we went
down past the Tesco to Narodni Trida
to take the tram out to Zisko, the area he lives in; the gay area
he took us to a place called Alcatraz
a cellar sex-bar
we sat and had a beer upstairs
taking pictures of pigs
Jerry had to be at work early in the morning
the bar was a late night bar
he left us shortly after 11
and we went down stairs...
it was an interesting space
huge vaulted catacombs
which was really the most interesting aspect of the night
though there were posters on the wall about all the kinks
and video porn of fisting and many other sports
... no one was having sex.
near no one
we were there til about 2
each of us only played once
and it was with the same person.
i spent most of my time sitting in the dark in one of the dark room
but the one with a dim red light on
i sat on the bench
let my eyes adjust
and watched the people coming in and out
drinking my beer
feeling the swell of my tiredness
what i was doing here
the guy i played with
he was hot
but thick enough to be interesting
only wanted to masturbate and pull on nipples
but that's cool
it was fun
more for him than for me
i like experiencing other people than my usuals sometimes
but when it was over
i went to find Leo
and we got out of there
in good time to catch the night tram back to Narodni Trida
which was just a few minutes from our Hotel
when we got off the tram
i was starving
and there was a Gyros stand open right there
so i ran in to get one
it will still cheap
but more expensive than out in Kreuzberg
i ended up buying one for a homeless guy too
poor old drunk confuses guy
... it wasn't much..
and it was chicken
when i really love lamb
i devoured it as we walked back to the hotel
but totally exhausted
we got back to the room
we crashed hard.