The Pravs of Prague

Naturally, when one starts heading in to the Slavic countries, the praving starts to rise. Again, I don’t know why the Slavs love to prav. Maybe it’s the communist period that brought it about, or maybe it’s just a hot-tempered people who find that the best fix to a problem always involves breaking something, which is oddly very similar to the Bush administration’s foreign policy.

There must be something of a Germanic, cool-headed approach to fixing things in the Czech Republic though as most of the fixes are quite good. I don’t see wires punched through windows or holes dug in surreptitious places to allow pipes to pass. But then again, the Slavic mentality does rise here and there and you see things like the shot below. I have no idea what that is doing, but I have a good idea how it came about:

“Honza, we need this red pipe here, now. No, don’t ask why, we just need it.”
“Okay, Miro, that’s going to require a 2 kilo smashing hammer, a 300 gram pounding hammer, as well as my shaping knife/screwdriver/belt buckle, and to finish it up, we’ll need the 5 kilo chisel hammer, and… bailing wire. Lots of bailing wire.”

Thusly, you end up with a corner of an old building that ends up looking like a drunk plumber went berserk one night.

The Pravs of Prague