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Exactly this time last year, I blogged about my struggle with a relentless cold. Steve would argue that I got it in the 1st place because I stayed in frigid Baltimore instead of being in warm Tampa with him.

Well, well, well or not so well. Here I am as the good Diplomat’s wife with my husband in Prague, avoiding the “polar vortex” that is freezing my hometown, and am on the verge of a killer cold or flu in a city that is supposed to have penetratingly, bitter winters but where it was 50 degrees Fahrenheit today. My throat is suddenly VERY scratchy, lethargy is settling in and I believe the egregious party that transferred these germs to me is Steve! He loves to share everything with me. True love.

Desperately trying to avoid his germs for 5 days now — especially with the knowledge that we have been planning to sneak away in 2 days to Austria to ski for the first time, I have not shared spoons, pillows nor kisses. Supposedly we live in cold, central Europe where there should be snow, but if you live in the North America frozen vortex or are a global warming theorist — you know otherwise. Nevertheless, I was looking forward to being well for this trip.

Determined to put this thing in reverse gear, so that I can at least enjoy the spas of Kitzbuhel, I have decided to do what any respectable Czech would do — shots of Becherovka, which is believed to have medicinal value. It is produced right here in the Czech Republic in a town called Karlovy Vary, located about an hour drive from Prague. Fortunately you can purchase this on about every corner so I am in luck. I love the image below from their website, which appears to me as if the 76 proof herbal liquor with a cinnamon taste will scare the daylights out of everything — including a nasty cold virus!

My medicine

My medicine

Our household is also just about out of “Advil Cold” medicine which I have been coveting, since getting anything over the counter with pseudoephedrine is near impossible these days in the US without selling your 1st born. Thank you meth-heads of the world for ruining the accessibility of a great nasal decongestant. Despite my Amazon Prime account, there is no way for me to re-stock from here. Rumor has it that it is easier to obtain here in Prague. I will have to try the local pharmacy (lékárna) tomorrow where incidentally you can only buy drugs. Unlike a CVS or Walgreens in the US, there are separate entities for pharmaceuticals and other items that you might find such as Kleenex or soap for instance. For those items, you have to go to a Drogerie, because I absolutely want to make two trips out instead of one when feeling ill.

In the meantime I will sooth my throat and fill my belly with the homemade chicken, garlic soup that I made for my husband this weekend (at least I think it was chicken). Surely, this is why he is on the mend 🙂

Ingredients for a cure

Ingredients for a cure

chicken soup-2Thinking of my friends and family at home in North America, hoping that you are staying warm, and away from my kind of “COLD”!!