For me, it was almost six years of living in Velké Přílepy, a village near Prague that was my Czech home from the first day. Several are the things I will miss. The veiw from my terrace and the terrace itself, a perfect place to sit and have something to eat or drink during the warm days, while enjoying the view. And, of course, Špejchar, the local restaurant.
And speaking about Špejchar. I think that what I will miss the most will be to be able to go there with my džbán when I fancied some točené pivo (draught beer).
The džbán is something that every proper Czech household must have. It's a very old tradition, coming from the Middle Ages, when bottled beer didn't exist yet. If the family wanted to drink beer at home, the would send one of the kids to the local hospoda to have their džbán filled up. Still today, in small town and villages, is common to send the children to the nearest pub to bring beer.
The džbán is a earthenware pitcher. According to Evan Rail's book, its shape is not fanciful design. The bulbous bottom holds most of the liquid, while the head forms on the narrow top, protecting the beer from contact with oxigen. I also has a low centre of gravity, which makes it easier to carry. Not to mention that the very material helps to keep the temperature of the beer. There are some that are very decorated, almost pieces of art. Mine is simple, and it was the first present my love gave me already five years ago. She was the one who introduced me to this lovely tradition, which, of course, I eagerly and quickly adopted.
There is a hospoda in my new village, but it is quite far and, worse, they stock Staropramen 10°, hardly something that will make me leave the whouse, let alone, walk a kilometre.
Now my džbán has become part of the decoration in the Kitchen. If it had eyes I'm sure a big tear would be rolling down from one of them, while remembering those good old days that we went together Špejchar, and he was filled up as I had one for the road.
Meanwhile, the bottles of Svijany that I have in the pantry will have to do.
The first drink at home