Our previous day of hard work for the wedding was followed by a day of rest because the little guy was sick! High fever and a bout of strawberry yogurt puke out of the nose was our day. I felt so badly for SC, but he seemed to know his body needed to sleep instead of play, so there were lots of naps for all of us.. and if you know me well.. you know I didn't complain about napping!
In the afternoon I decided to venture out to the town square, in my pajamas, to go get a manicure for the wedding. I was in my pajamas because I decided that it would be a good day to wash every single item of clothing I brought.. not thinking about the lack of dryer in the apartment. Rookie mistake for sure. The nail salon was literally a stones throw from where we were staying. AH had already gotten a manicure there a few days before so she warned me that they wouldn't understand anything I say because.. they didn't understand her either! Apparently there is a large population of Vietnamese in her town because there is work in the factories and the housing is quite affordable. I walked in and the two women working were assisting other ladies but we somehow managed to get on the same page about me coming back in 15 minutes. There was a lot of air writing going on. To pass the time, I people watched on the square but soon realized that I was more the center of other people's people watching than the other way around. I meandered to the bakery and bought myself a jelly filled pastry for 50 cents. When it was time for my manicure, the other women were still being helped, so I sat quietly for an additional 15 minutes. All in all, the awkward language barrier wasn't so bad, a friendly smile and lots of pointing can get a long way if you try. I also only paid $8.50.. so there was that.
For dinner, AH and I made our way to the restaurant where her caterer for the wedding works, as she had a meeting with him after the kitchen closed. I ordered the classic Czech potato pancake and a plate of sausages with kraut on the side, they were both on the 'starters' menu. I like to ordered a few smaller things instead of a huge meal of one item. Well, the potato pancake was spilling off my regular sized plate, so I will remember that for next time. Everything was delicious in that, 'I'm really sick of potatoes and sausage so I'm going to try it in pancake form to see if it is any more exciting' kind of way. AH and I also shared some panna cotta for dessert.. yum!
The chef arrived, in his street clothes, sipping on a coca cola. He plopped himself down and the meeting got under way with a quick smile and nod towards me. AH and the chef started talking so fast in Czech that my mind started spinning! I tried to look interested for about 20 minutes and then my brain felt like mush so I politely hopped on my phone for the last 15 minutes. It felt a bit rude at first but AH said she was happy that I started doing my own thing because she felt bad that I couldn't understand anything.
We headed to bed after dinner because I had to get to the train station early for a couple days in Prague with BHW, IC, and MW!