I must be feeling better. Things are fascinating and amusing once again. Our three most bizarre stories from Prague:
Feet Eating Fish
Have you heard of garra rufa fish? Apparently they eat dead human skin, and Melissa was just too tempted. So, into the window she went, feet in the fish bowl and . . . 25 minutes later she had incredibly soft feet.
Near the entrance to St. James church hanging on a chain from the ceiling is a severed hand from the 14th century. The legend tells of a thief who caught around the wrist by the Virgin Mary statue. The only way to release the thief was to severe the hand, so now it serves a reminder to others.
Other than that bit of grossness by the door, the church is considered to be on of the most beautiful Catholic churches in the world.
Shiny Boy Bits
Another legend has us rub one of the statues as we crossed the Charles Bridge, which ultimately resulted in a very shiny statue parts. Later that day we walked by a very dark statue of a naked boy whose bits were quite shiny. This resulted in one of my girls quietly whispering to me a joke – “Are people rubbing that part mum?”
Turns out to be true. A quick aside, one of the things we have noticed so far on our trip to cross cultures is that the butt of most jokes seems to be people from neighboring countries. So, when our guide saw us giggling about it he said, “It’s cause the Russian and Polish women all have to touch it.”
And sure enough, along came a women who posed with penis in hand and our guide said, see she’s Russian.
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