Tuesday, 31 July 2007
Lunch at a Czech Buffet
Had lunch today at a local buffet in Horni Namesti in Olomouc. A kind of inexpensive place to get a good Czech feed, where people just sit down at the table with you to eat, builders, workmen, office workers and business people alike. Just line up with your tray, tell the women what you want to eat, in my case it was Goulash with bread dumplings, which was measured on scales to determine the price. The girl asked me a question I didn't understand, but to which I replied yes and recieved some sliced onion. A glass of beer to wash it down, as is customary here. I enjoy these kinds of local eatery, it really gives you a feeling that you are sharing a small part of of local life. It's also nice when people just sit at the table with you, here it's customary to say hello and goodbye (in Czech) in these situations.
When I'm in Taiwan it's a little different, looking so different to the locals, they generally won't sit next to the foreigner even if it's the last seat available, this applies at eateries, on buses and trains. Not always, but often enough to notice.......