Sometimes it’s a struggle to find inspiration for a new blog post — and then sometimes, an idea is handed to you on a plate.
I was out for a spoilt and western coffee with a fellow Angličanka in Holešovice the other day — we went to Coffee Beans which, by the way, is a rather nice place if you happen to be in the area — when en route we spotted the porky looking chap you see in the picture. Yes, a rather svelte young lady was taking her pet pig for a walk. In a park in the middle of Prague. And presumably a Number 2.
You couldn’t make it up.
I was cameraless so I got my coffee companion to take a sneaky snapshot on her phone. I wanted to point and laugh but I suppose the poor old pig (or sow — I’m a city girl and therefore no expert on such things) gets pointed and laughed at on a regular basis, which can’t be good for his self-esteem.
We slink away towards our lattes and slices of cake, giggling. “Zabijačka!” I exclaim.
“Shh,” my friend replies. “He might hear you.”
For those of you who don’t already know, a zabijačka is a traditional Czech pig killing, a little bit like a hog roast except that every single bit of the animal imaginable is cooked up as part of a huge feast comprised of goulash, soups, all kinds of pates, and some delightful bits of pork suspended in jelly.
This list is by no means exclusive.
I have been present at a zabijačka, held, ironically enough in a health spa (not the actual pig killing part as I’m too squeamish) but thought it was best not to ask too many questions about exactly what I was eating.
If you click here, you can see a Czech TV documentary about this delightful ritual.
While we’re on the subject of pigs in Prague, let me attempt to smoothly link to Praguepig.com, a blog whose mission is to introduce the delights of Czech tabloid culture to the Anglophone world. Praguepig features pictures of Czech shop signs which unwittingly sound rude to English ears, introduces key Czech cultural figures such as Iveta Bartošová to ignorant English-speakers and, most importantly of all, track down the most ridiculously expensive beer in Prague.
Go and have a peek when you from Girl in Czechland; click on the image below and you’ll be taken to the succinct Praguepig.com explanation of just why it’s so disturbing and highly inappropriate for young children to sit on.
I laughed so hard I spat out my Marks and Spencer tea all over the screen.