I really never was a great student when it came to geography.
To this date, give me a map of the U.S. and ask me to fill in all the state’s names and I am screwed.
And—no surprise—when it comes to the multitude of nations scattered helter-skelter between Western Europe and the massive Soviet Union, I have no chance of recognition.
So, when Wendy (my favorite Travel Channel program goddess) sent me a note that Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations show tonight is situated in Prague, I had to open my 1964 Rand McNally Atlas of Nations (price on the cover: 69¢) just to figure out where that is.
You would think, since both of my parents were born in Germany, and my dad was born just north of Prague, in Berlin, that I would know better.
Can I plead that the geopolitical realignments of eastern Europe have been so complicated that it requires a visit to Wikipedia just to understand? (Yes, I know Prague is still Prague.)
The show tonight seems to lend itself to the beginning of Super Bowl week, given the emphasis in both cases to the bountiful brands of brewed beverages and various forms of meat-like products, such as sausages.
I have been informed that the citizens of Prague drink more beer per person than any other country in the world.
(Although, I am not sure if that excludes the United States during the broadcast of the Super Bowl.)
And, while the ubiquitous scenes of barbeques with billowing smoke, completely covered with the cooking of meat-in-tubular-form, are common in the U.S., Tony comments about the street foods of Prague,
“I’m all blissed out by this inviting wall of wieners.”
Clearly, an appreciation of fine food and drink transcends national boundaries.
(Are the Oakland Raiders out?)