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Prague

I think I had really high expectations for Prague but the old-town district is completely overrun with tourists and feels very soulless.

The rest of central praha is just…abandoned or something I dunno but there’s no-one on the streets. 

I don’t know if it’s a cultural thing or what, but the majority of people don’t seem very happy, and I come from Hong Kong which is apparently populated by rude people.

Prague

I think I had really high expectations for Prague but the old-town district is completely overrun with tourists and feels very soulless.

The rest of central praha is just…abandoned or something I dunno but there’s no-one on the streets.

I don’t know if it’s a cultural thing or what, but the majority of people don’t seem very happy, and I come from Hong Kong which is apparently populated by rude people.

I was running late for my doctors appointment and couldn’t get a taxi. As I started walking it became clear why there were no cars passing by.

On my way back home there were so many reporters at the scene, and I thought “wow slow news day, hey.” 

Later I found out a pregnant lady was crushed by the tree and died. Her baby was taken out by emergency c-section and is in the ICU. The TV news showed the pool of blood amidst the foliage! Still not used to that.

So tragic, seriously.

I was running late for my doctors appointment and couldn’t get a taxi. As I started walking it became clear why there were no cars passing by.

On my way back home there were so many reporters at the scene, and I thought “wow slow news day, hey.”

Later I found out a pregnant lady was crushed by the tree and died. Her baby was taken out by emergency c-section and is in the ICU. The TV news showed the pool of blood amidst the foliage! Still not used to that.

So tragic, seriously.

Clutching at straws

Why today was an unusually happy day:

1. A stranger greeted me in the elevator (what!? In hong kong?)

2. Had my eyes tested and my eyesight prescription has not change since 1.5 years ago!

3. The taxi driver asked me If I’d eaten yet

4. I rode the tram

5. The juice delivery guy was in the shop today and he remembered my name! And noticed my haircut! Also his very british accent makes everything sound so delightful. He may or may not be the reason we drink so much vegetable juice in this household.

6. Husband came home :)

7. Oh and I finally had my glasses adjusted and they stay on my face now. Seriously, it’s the best.

Here is a picture of all the creams prescribed to me by the dermatologist over the last 3-4 weeks. Pretty sure he’s just stabbing in the dark. Prior to visiting this derm I’ve been prescribed two other creams and two rounds of different antibiotics! And I’m still getting these rashes!

Anyway, here are some actual quotes from my derm:

"You are a very strange person. You are so allergic. Your symptoms are not normal at all"

"Do not cook. Just don’t even go in the kitchen"

"You are allergic to everything. Stop wearing sunscreen. It makes some people allergic and can cause pimples. You look young anyway, you don’t need to wear it until you are 50"

Here is a picture of all the creams prescribed to me by the dermatologist over the last 3-4 weeks. Pretty sure he’s just stabbing in the dark. Prior to visiting this derm I’ve been prescribed two other creams and two rounds of different antibiotics! And I’m still getting these rashes!

Anyway, here are some actual quotes from my derm:

"You are a very strange person. You are so allergic. Your symptoms are not normal at all"

"Do not cook. Just don’t even go in the kitchen"

"You are allergic to everything. Stop wearing sunscreen. It makes some people allergic and can cause pimples. You look young anyway, you don’t need to wear it until you are 50"

I’m one of those people now

Right now, everything high in histamines makes me break out in hives all over my body and unidentifiable dermatitis on my face, which was so bad at one point I had to take sleeping pills to go to sleep. That means: no tomatoes, corn, eggs, gluten, nuts, legumes, dairy, crustaceans, shellfish. On top of that, I am not allowed to eat sugar including all fruit, anything too spicy, meat, anything raw, anything fermented or containing yeast or vinegar. I mainly only eat plain steamed fish and vegetables, potatoes and rice. Lots of salt. So much Salt.

In order to eat out or stay sane, I have to cheat. Cheating includes - frying fish instead of steaming, raw vegetables, sashimi, or eating plain meat usually lamb or steak. How sad is that?  How is that even cheating for any kind of diet. The worst part is that even with this crappy diet I still get hives, though not as bad, and I have to take these super gen-4 antihistamines every day. Also, I’m hungry all the time and not really losing weight! just getting flabbier! I’d probably be really delicious.

The point is, I can’t eat anything so when we do go out, I have to eat the most boring things on the menu. Therefore no food updates. 

On the upside, I’m getting pretty well-versed in health food stores. Hong Kong is still a very gluten-free unfriendly place. I super wish I was in Sydney sometimes where you can even ask Chinese Restaurants to gluten free for you e.g Mr Wong’s, HAHA! Sydney supermarkets are also way more allergy-friendly, which at the moment I would definitely prefer over the local supermarkets’ super-amazing array of snacks and processed foods that initially made us giddy with joy.

Disclaimer: The only thing I actually ate in these pictures was that bowl of sauteed vegetables, the baked sweet potato fries and the chicken salad which had vinegar in it and I woke up with weeping eczema on my face the next day.