Can you help with a political question?

Ok, so I have those struggles. I think I'm not alone. Actually, I know I'm not.

Let's start with a little bit different question. In how many fields anyone could be an expert? My personal feeling is like about three, but the average will be definitely less, probably just one. For example, I think I'm an expert in one field, computer programming. I feel when I decide how to solve some problem, I know for sure the result is not going to be a disaster. Because I put a lot of energy to always read, learn, try, use, everything. It's my daily??? job and I also do some projects at home. Without programming at home, I wouldn't feel as an expert at all, yet. So it's like 8+ hours a day. Every day. For more than ten years already.

I have also other hobbies (for example biggest one right now is dancing and helping salsa community), into which I put a lot of energy as well, but I'm unable to say if what I'm doing is right or no. I need much more time and practise. I'm not sure about any decision, I decide only based on intuition. You could see that on results, sometimes it makes perfect sense, sometimes no.

Of course those two hobbies take a lot of energy that I don't have time for anything else. The day has only 24 hours…

Now comes my first struggle: if to be able to decide properly takes a lot of study, how could I vote some candidate I barely know? It seems it's better off to let vote people who keep an eye on politics at least every other day. But actually it means let vote people who think they know what's happening in politics. Which sounds just horrible.

I think I know what many of you are going to think now, like to read a little bit about what's happening in my government every day is not too much of work. Ok, try to think of something you like and something you don't like and compare results. Definitely result of something you like is going to be far more effective and better.

To put it into my second struggle: many people say people have short memory and cannot remember past of candidates. I would for sure fall into that category. Because politics isn't something I like, I would have a problem to remember all details, even major ones! Another question is if that even matter. People can change and deserve a second chance, right? Let's be honest, who of us has a perfect past?

That question reminds me another struggle: let's say I don't have previous struggles at all and I want to vote, but there is no perfect candidate for me (by perfect I mean the best option available). Whom I should vote for, the most perfect one available (but unpopular, so help to some popular bad one for me) or tactically vote for someone who could defeat that bad one (for me) and would be okayish?

Yeah, politics is very complex. Probably I shouldn't care about that at all and just pick some newspapers, let them do the job of watching every move and keep me notified. Problem is, when I did that, I wasn't feeling this was working. I'm not saying it was better before and nowadays there is problem with fake news and so on so it cannot work anymore. It's the same as before as I dig into history from time to time. But this is like a chicken-egg problem because now I need to choose not candidate, but source of information about candidates. Which source is trying to be as objective as possible? Which source is not connected with any side? So many aspects!

This is also my last struggle: which source to follow not to be disgusted? Because many reports are subjective, side-oriented, topic-oriented, … For example right now in the Czech Republic it looks like everybody wants to just defeat current president. I don't care if it's right or not, but it's not quality journalism I want to follow.


To summarise it, everyone should vote during election, right? But how I can vote with a clear conscience? Tell me your opinion!

Maybe I just should ignore everything, vote by feeling and don't care later if it was a good decision. And without any feeling not vote at all. Because life is short to do something you don't like.

Why I don't trust recommendation systems

I liked Google Now. Liked. With the new Android it's changed and isn't very useful anymore. Before, you could just swipe to the left on your home screen and see all important stuff. Like how much time it takes you to go to work right now. Or when is your meeting. How is traffic. Updates about your flight. Hotel reservations. Exchange rate. They even notified you about the most important stuff.

It was scary, but very handy. At least for those who travel a lot. (Scary in a way how much Google knows about you.)

And they changed it. All important stuff is hidden behind one more click and even when I open that section, there is not as much as before. In place of all useful stuff they placed feed of articles Google thinks you would like. Well, it can be useful as well, to stay updated. But…

…but when I upgraded to the new Android there was new Marvel movie and I was looking for some info. Of course Google though “hey, he likes Marvel!” and very quickly I stayed in the Marvel bubble. I even didn't want to click to any of those articles, but I was used to to find important stuff by sliding to the left and then whenever I did that, I saw some tempting title. I would say click bait.

Good recommendation system would do the best to not keep you in some bubble. Well, Google did. I didn't want to use it and so Google kept showing me news about Marvel movies. Google started to care only about what I clicked on in that feed and not what I was searching for. Totally different attitude from previous Google Now functionality. Two years ago, my phone could detect that I go regularly every Wednesday to the same place at the same hour just based on my location and after few weeks I got card saying I should go sooner because traffic is worse that day than usual. Today I'm in some weird bubble.

Of course I noticed that and wanted to turn off that feature. To see again directly useful cards. And you guess correctly, there was no way how to turn it off. Google created something useful to get us used to to swipe left and then they changed that to something which can bring Google a lot of money.

Finally, with the latest Android (at least on Pixel phone) you can turn it off. If you like yourself, swipe left, touch three dots, settings and then under Your feed uncheck Show feed. Then the screen will stay blank, there will be no cards as before. At least it will stop trying to seduce you.

As you can see, not even Google can do recommendation system well. And this is one example why I don't trust them. I don't follow anyone on Twitter or Facebook or YouTube, I don't read any page aggregating articles, nothing. I created my own reader with support of RSS, Twitter, YouTube and so on with my own system of how I want to prioritise articles. It's not perfect and needs some help from the user, but at least I'm not in the bubble.

I think everybody should ignore and disable (if possible) any feed managed by someone else than you.

P.S.: If you would like to try my app, well, it runs on my personal server. I could give you invitation token, feel free to write me, but I cannot promise anything. :-) Anyway, this post is not about my app, but about the problems with recommendation systems.

How Twitter support works

I had problem to log in into my Twitter account because I couldn't get SMS code so I sent them message about that. They responded:


Hello,

Thanks for writing in. Many people who have reported issues with login verification have found the following tips helpful:

  • Having trouble receiving push notifications? You can access pending login requests from within your Twitter app on your device: 
    1. Open the Twitter app and navigate to “Settings”.
    2. Tap “Account”, then tap “Security”.
    3. Select “Login Requests” to see a list of all requests available to approve or deny.
    4. Pull down on the list to refresh and see the most recent requests.
  • When you enrolled in login verification from your device, did you generate a backup code? If so, you can use that code to log in to your account on twitter.com from a desktop or laptop computer. Additionally, if you still have access to your app, you can generate a new code from your device. More information can be found here: https://support.twitter.com/articles/20170409#backup-code.
  • If you’re not receiving SMS notifications, but you are still logged in to your Twitter app:
    1. Navigate to your account’s “Settings”.
    2. Tap “Account”, then tap “Security”.
    3. Tap “Login code generator”.
    4. Use the code shown to log in to your Twitter account.
  • If the above tips do not work, and you can still access your account from your device, you can disable login verification by following these steps:
    1. Navigate to your account’s “Settings”.
    2. Tap “Account”, then select “Security”.
    3. Disable “Login verification”.

You can also check out our login verification troubleshooting article for more helpful tips: https://support.twitter.com/articles/20170409.  

If you’ve tried the above options and still need help accessing your account, please reply to this email for further assistance. For security reasons, we can only process this request if you contact us from the email address associated with your Twitter account. 

If you need to file a new report, you can do so here: https://support.twitter.com/forms/signin. 

Thanks,

Twitter Support


I still need assistance as I wrote in the original message. :-)


Hello,

We may be able to help you regain access to your account by disabling login verification.

First, we'll need to confirm you as the account owner. Please try logging in once more on https://twitter.com (from a desktop/laptop computer or a mobile web browser) with your correct username and password. This will generate a notification on our end, and we may be able to use this to confirm you as the owner of the account.

Please reply to this email once you've done that, and we'll do our best to help.


Hello, I did right now.

I was able to find device where I am logged in so I could deactivate SMS confirmation. Also I know where is the problem. My phone is set up correctly but I got no confirmation code. I tried to change phone number, nothing, I tried to set up SMS confirmation again and also nothing. Probably you have problem to send SMS to my country or something? Because it was working just fine when I set it up for the first time...


Hello,

Thanks for letting us know! We're happy to hear that you have resolved the issue.

If you have any other questions, you can always check our Help Center for relevant articles: https://support.twitter.com.


I haven't. I'm logged in but I still cannot use login verification because I don't get any text message... this is bug.


Hello,

If you already have a Twitter account, your next step is to add your phone so you can send and receive Tweets on the go. You can do this via SMS commands, or by going to www.twitter.com.

Via SMS:

  1. First, send START to your Twitter code (40404 in the US).
  2. Reply with YES since you already have an account.
  3. When prompted, send us your username and password. You will receive a message when your sign-up is complete.
  4. Turn Tweets off or on by sending "OFF" or "ON" to Twitter from your phone.

More information can be found here: https://support.twitter.com/articles/14589#add-phone-sms

Via the web:

  1. Log in to www.twitter.com and navigate to your Mobile settings: https://twitter.com/settings/devices
  2. Enter your phone number and click "Activate Phone".
  3. You will then be prompted to send GO to your short code from your mobile device.

More information can be found here: https://support.twitter.com/articles/110250-adding-your-mobile-number-to-your-account-via-web

Hope this helps!


Do you even read my messages or is it just some automat? I didn't received any SMS! My phone number is correct and working, I got verification SMS before but not now. There has to be some problem on your part... Can you look at it?


Hello,

We found a page in our help center that we think will help you out: (https://help.twitter.com/en/search?q=received+sms)

If you've checked out that page and are still confused, write back to let us know more about where you're stuck. We'll do our best to help you out!


Really? Please, read my messages. You have somewhere bug because I don't get any text message to my phone. Please check where is the problem. I would like to use 2FA but cannot because of that.


Hello,

We found a page in our help center that we think will help you out: https://help.twitter.com/en/managing-your-account/two-factor-authentication

If you've checked out that page and are still confused, write back to let us know more about where you're stuck. We'll do our best to help you out!


Yeah, I'm stuck, I guess, with your support to not look into the bug I reported. What page you would recommend me to visit now?


Hello,

We found a page in our help center that we think will help you out: (https://help.twitter.com/en/managing-your-account/issues-with-login-authentication)

If you've checked out that page and are still confused, write back to let us know more about where you're stuck. We'll do our best to help you out!


My phone is working and I waited more than ten minutes and still didn't get the code. Really, can you fix it or say to me what's wrong?


Hello,

You tried to update a case that has been closed. Please submit a new case at http://support.twitter.com/forms. You can also visit our help center at http://support.twitter.com for self-help solutions to common problems.



Hm.

So… who is afraid of AI? Not me. I just hate how it's used everywhere nowadays and it just sucks. Pretty hard.

Zápisky z cest: Šibenik

Už jsem tu jednou psal o návštěvě Chorvatka, to bylo s cílem týden se plachtit na vodě. Chorvatsko mne hodně překvapilo, ale stále mne neláká jeho návštěva jako taková. Přesto jsem tam byl už třikrát, po druhé a po třetí v Šibeniku kvůli skvělému salsa festivalu. Jeden z nejlepších, které tu jsou. A to neříkám proto, že to byl můj první. :-)

Resp. minimálně byl. Zatím má oblíbená trojice je Mamboland, protože jsem zatím lepší způsob jak se hodně posunout na festivale nezažil, El Sol, protože tam jsou téměř všichni, které znám, aneb taková celá salsa rodinka pohromadě, říkejme tomu malé Vánoce, a pak právě Šibenik, protože párty.

To jsem řekl hodně stručně… tak jinak:

  • Normálně festival bývá přes víkend. V pátek člověk dorazí, častokrát po normálním pracovním dnu, a je unaven po cestě. První den moc nevydrží. Druhý den si člověk začíná zvykat na festivalovou atmosféru. Na to, že nemusí jít spát brzy, na to že nemusí vstávat brzy, na to že nemusí myslet na práci, atd. Ale stále to není nejlepší den. A pak je neděle, kdy se člověk pořádně roztancuje… a už se končí. Šibenik začíná už v úterý.
  • Social tanečníci mají rádi social tanec. Festivaly to kazí různými workshopy a show, kde stejně nejde stihnout vše. Záchrana jsou rozšiřující se salsa maratony, ale ještě před všemi salsa maratony Šibenik už dělal social i přes den. Jinými slovy připočtěte si k těm protancovaným nocím z celého týdne ještě i celé dny.
  • Pokaždé, když se tancuje i přes den, jsou všichni hodně uvolnění. Nikdo si z ničeho nic nedělá, tancuje se v klidu, prostě úplně jiná a lepší atmosféra. V Šibeniku to je navíc na pláži. S barem. Sluníčkem. Víc už to uvolnit snad ani nejde.
  • Mimochodem noční párty končí také venku a je možné při tancování pozorovat východ slunce.
  • Festival je relativně malý, nijak zvlášť přeplněný. Ale zároveň je tam hodně šikovných tanečníků a tanečnic.
  • A poslední den se na salsu více méně kašle a jde se pařit na pool party.
  • Mimochodem, takový bonus, Šibenik je jednou z lokací natáčení Game of Thrones!

Jediná nevýhoda Šibeniku je, že letos už nebyla párty celý večer na pláži (přesunula se tam až po páté) a na příští rok se ubytování v Chorvatsku hodně zdražilo. Aneb pokud se jinému festivalu podaří mít na pláži stan pro noční párty, dávám ihned Šibenik na druhou kolej!

Jo a taky jsem byl ve městě. Krásné. :-) Architektura v Chorvatsku je velmi fotogenická!

Whisky I like

I will not give you a professional analysis of whiskies. I'm really bad at describing the flavor of food and drinks. Take it just as my few notes which can maybe help you to find something new you could also like.

Let's start with something more soft you can drink all day long. O:-)

  • Cardhu 12yo
  • Dalwhinnie 15yo: Soft, fruity taste turning into light smoke and back to finish again with fruit.
  • Glenglassaugh 1986 MM (Murray McDavid): First whisky in sherry cask. Very sweet with very dark color you would not think you drink whisky. One glass is enough of sweet, but worth to try it.
  • Kilchoman Machir Bay: Intensive sweet fruit with little bit of hint of smoke.
  • Nikka Pure Malt Black: It starts with caramel, but you finish with feel like you ate very bitter chocolate. Unbelievable!
  • Scapa Skiren: Pleasant honey with fruits.

Something more sharp, for real men. :-)))

  • Ardmore Legacy: Similar to Talisker, but more soft suitable for every part of the day.
  • BenRiach Couriositas 10yo: Similar to BenRiach 17yo, ideal way how to save money!
  • ! BenRiach 17yo: Not too sharp from a sherry cask with gentle smoky feeling and long finish.
  • Springbank 12yo: Very spicy.
  • Springbank 15yo: Partly from sherry cask makes it soft on the beginning but soon you will get rich and long spicy and salty taste.
  • ! Talisker 57° North: Very complex, rich and long taste. I don't know anybody who wouldn't like it.

And now my favorite section, smoky ones.

  • anCnoc, cutter limited edition: Just drink and wait for the smoke.
  • Ardbeg 10 Year Old
  • Blackadder: The best about this whisky is the finish. Finish will say everything, the beginning will not even tell you is cask-strength.
  • ! Bruichladdich Octomore 04.2 Comus: One of the best whisky I had at home.
  • Bruichladdich Octomore 06.1: Not so super as 04.2 or 06.1 but still very good intensive smoky taste.
  • ! Bruichladdich Octomore 06.3: You wouldn't tell smokiness by smelling, probably you would say fruity. But then you will get explosion of all tastes. You can feel that smokiness even hour and more after.
  • Edradour Ballechin 10yo
  • Gerston, Lost Distillery: Intensive smoke which gets bigger and bigger. You can feel caramel in the background.
  • Glenlivet Cipher: The taste is changing and is very complex. The only problem is it does not take a long time.
  • Kilchoman 4th edition: It's totally opposite to Machir Bay from sherry cask. Smoky with hint of sweet fruit. 
  • Lagavulin 12yo: Favorite one in 12yo version did not disappoint me.
  • Lagavulin 16yo: One of my favorite smoke whisky.
  • Laphroaig Quarter Cask

Note to my list: bold ones are those I like very much and those with an exclamation mark are my tops. Sadly, often also very pricey ones.

Please, share also which ones you prefer and why. Winter is here so is good to keep our self warm!

Open letter to salsa organizers

Dear organizers,

I like to travel very much. It's amazing that I can have dancing as an excuse to go so often. Two-in-one! Actually, it's three-in-one. I dance for awhile now so it means I travel more because of people I can see there than because of the salsa itself. You know the following joke, right? :-)

But I have problem… that jet lag thing. Ok, that's not true. Luckily for me, I'm from Prague, which makes it very easy for me to adjust anywhere in Europe. But there is another lag, I call it salsa lag. With all those parties until 6am and later and party animals, who want to hear the last song, it forces people to come to the party later than sooner. Which looks like we dance in another time zone!

It has several flaws. Some attendees need to adjust twice because of two time lags, first jet and then first salsa party of the festival (or congress or whatever you want to call it). That means we are more zombies. Don't get me wrong, I like zombies! But in movies, not on the dance floor… :-))

Also during winter time it's much harder to see the sun. Or daylight at least. It's very depressing to go sleep during sunrise and get up between 3pm and 5pm when it's already sunset. I think smiling people are much better (on the pictures) than depressed ones. :-))

It also makes harder for cleaning ladies to clean the room. Very often they don't have a chance to clean it at all because I always sleep during cleaning hours. They have to be so confused!

Could we do something about that?

Let's not confuse cleaning ladies. Let's start the party right after the workshops (those who attend workshops cannot go to the whole party so it doesn't matter if they will miss the start or the end) and end it much sooner. If you need to do shows, do them between workshops and party which makes time for people doing workshops time to rest a little bit. And if you do marathon concept, just cut it sooner to force people come in the morning. :-)

What do you think?

Thank you and best regards,
Michael

It doesn't have to be scrum

I have a feeling that when there is something about agile, it means scrum or kanban. But it's not just that. It's definitely one way how to be agile, but it's not a synonym. The most important thing about being agile is communication. You can actually use any system (at least I think so) but without communication you will be hardly agile. To explain what I mean I just describe two current situation.


First from my day job: I work with a small team on a project which should help to build a better Internet. We have no planing (as described in the scrum), no stand-ups, no boards, no retrospectives, no regular meeting. But everything works very well and in a very agile way. I visit company in London once in a while, usually once per two months, where we discuss several things:

  • I show demo of what we have done since the last meeting and then we discuss how it met (or not) their expectations.
  • What should we focus on for next month or two. They explain in detail what they need and why. That “why” is very important because thanks to that I can offer maybe another “what”. Something what can fulfill their needs much more or something similar which will cost much less money (or effort if you want).
  • They also update their view what should roughly come next to just have an idea. That can help us to prepare better our code base and architecture. But we don't discuss it in details because always those details change during the next month or two. Always.
  • Also, we share a long-term view to have the same focus in mind. To not be lost in details and not forget what we are building. That's important so nobody needs to dictate who will do what and how. If everybody knows the goal, then everybody can go that way without pushing which is much better.

Those points are, I would say, very important to be agile. Of course, we do more. Another very important for us is to visit people for whom we are building that project. We are lucky that it's actually friendly community with many opportunities to hang out with those people. We use those opportunities because it's very useful and important. In this project is involved a lot of people from many places around the World. Any project where you cannot simply go and solve issues face-to-face, it's becoming harder and harder. But we know why, what and for whom we are building that software and we can do a lot of decisions alone.  

Anyway, there will always be many situations when we just don't know. In that case, we prototype. We create some base structure first and then we add as many details as we know are safe. By safe I mean those details which are very easily changed or there is a small chance we will throw it away. That's very important because to show example is much easier than to describe anything. This way we simplified a lot of things; for example, there was a very complicated feature and we weren't sure why it has to be so complicated and created a mock-up of simpler solution. We had problem to explain it, but when we showed it, that solution won immediately.

I think it's clear, but to be exact, we don't have any specification. We don't write any detailed issues (or tasks or user stories, whatever you want). We really rely on communication. We benefit from knowledge of why and that we know our users. And I think it's much better for both sides than any specification. I haven't seen in my life good specification (of any kind) which would help us (programmers) to understand the problem better. I'm very glad that we just discuss everything and then we (developers) create issues in our issue tracker.


Second, my home projects: I had two ideas in the last months, but I didn't know how exactly it should look like or even how exactly it should work. Well, I just started with a base structure. Some mock-up with proof of concept that it can work. As I saw first versions I got a lot of ideas how it could be better. How it could fulfill my needs much better.

I was creating many issues, but a lot of them was just not worth to do it. I would spend a lot of time doing them and would bring me as much value as others. That's something not even me knew at time time when I got the idea. But I was end user, product manager, designer and programmer at the same time so I could decide which issue do first and which later and which just ignore very quickly. I could decide that in milliseconds. Actually, I could change the way right away, but the main goal (without specification) stayed the same.


You probably see what I'm trying to say. If you will focus on all meetings and proper specification and everything… it's nothing compared to have proper communication. If product owner can explain to you well goal and why they need some features, then you are free to do it your way and change decision any time if the goal stays same. I'm not saying not doing scrum or other agile techniques, I'm saying that those regular meetings have some meaning, to bring this communication. Just bringing those meetings to the team doesn't mean anything.

I wanted to also say to programmers to not be afraid to work without specifications. I made that mistake before as well. I was asking for better specification and if there wasn't good one we're complaining and it was also our excuse for many problems. I was so wrong! I could see thanks to my last two projects that even me was unable to create a specification. It was much better to create a functional mock-up, try to use it, change it and continue with next details and features. Finally, I'm not afraid to delete the code. To be a better programmer, don't be as well.

P.S.: Of course every project and team needs something different but communication is main tool which has to be there.

P.S.2: Go watch my favorite video describing agile in nutshell.

P.S.3: If you are curious about what am I building, stay tuned. I will share that soon. :-)

Movie by Artificial Inteligence

Not long ago I was writing here about how I'm not afraid of artificial intelligence. Then my colleague sent me this video of how AI created a sci-fi screenplay…

I'm going to add just one note: I'm sure one day we (as humanity) will look back to this video and see how amazingly clever and deep that script was. Trust me. :-D By the way… I had almost same feeling watching this video as last Transformers. No idea what's going on.

Salsa marathons

I think that the classic concept of salsa festivals with a lot of workshops of all different dances during the day and parties over night are not ideal. I see two types of people:

  • Those who want to learn something new. But I don't see much of value in crowded workshops, fighting for the best spot to make a video, no practicing and running in the corridor to the next workshop.
  • And those who just want to dance. But when they finally could go and keep the kids at home or finally have money to go or whatever, they can only dance during the night.

So in the end no one is fully happy. That's why my favorite festivals are Mamboland by Adolfo which satisfies the first group of people, those who want to be better. And Splash in Šibenik where you can dance also during the day whole week on the beach and there is just around one thousand people, nothing extra crowded, which satisfies second group, those who want to enjoy the dance.

And then there are marathons. We have one in Prague (but almost without anyone from Prague! :-O), there is also one in Heidelberg in Germany (which I can recommend, see you there next year!) and many more are popping out everywhere. Party animals love it. They can dance all the time and this is probably the future for the second group. Probably this is also the future for festivals. You could see for example that Berlin or El Sol had a social party during the day similarly like festival in Šibenik. I think more of them will go this way.

But there is still a lot of space to create festivals like Mamboland for the first group. So, if you are an organizer, don't be in a rush and don't copy what all others are doing. I like those all-day-long dancing, but I also want to learn something to be better. Unfortunately the classic festival is not a good concept for that. At least for me. And hey, those groups are not actually distinct. I will be glad for (and I will visit) both concepts.

BTW marathon is not a new thing. There are already some good records which should be challenged! Sooo, who is going to do marathon for many, many, many days? :-)

Zápisky z cest: Londýn, vol. 2, 3 & 4

Trocha kontextu: pracovní cesty.


První

Kancelář je na místě, kde jsem v roce 2015 šel naposledy před cestou domů! Business oblast se spoustou kravaťáků. Jenom kravaťáci, téměř. S mým sáčkem jsem moc nevyčníval. Vlastně jo, ale opačně než doma. Druhý den jsem si vzal kytičkovou košili, abych to tu rozčísl pořádně. No skoro na mne koukali pobuřujícím pohledem! :-D

Úplně přesně to bylo kousek od toho řádícího auta dva týdny před mým příjezdem. Spousta lidí by se asi orosila s ohledem na všemožné útoky, kterých přibývá, i když podle mne jenom v televizi. Statisticky to vidím stejně jako šance nula nula nic. A jedl i v tom marketu. Což teda bylo úžasné! Tam musíte jít, až tu budete. Oblast Borough Market. I kamarádka z NYC mi říkala, že to je super místo a byla tam téměř každý den, když bydlela v Londýně.

Potvrzuje se mi, že anglicky mluvící lidé jsou školení (nebo mají v krvi od narození) mluvení a sebe prezentování. To sice nemám, ale mám jinou vlastnost – nechám je mluvit, snažím se pochopit čeho chtějí docílit, a pak jejich „problém“ řeknu velmi stručně. Tři věty v podstatě stačily. Měli jste vidět jejich výraz, když najednou problém nebyl tak složitý. Aneb velká rozhodnutí rychle vyřešena.

Pracujeme tu od rána do noci. Když počítám i večeři. Ale zase mi ten Londýn vyjde téměř zadarmo. Včetně věcí jako večeře v podobě nejlepšího japonského masa Wagyu. U toho se musím zastavit. Wagyu je jedno z nejdražších mas. Nechtěl jsem pohostinnost zneužít, ale řekli mi ať si to vezmu, že to musím ochutnat. Tak jsem do toho tedy šel. Problém byl… měli to jen jako burger verzi. Měli steaky se spoustou masem, ale ne s tímhle. Zvláštní. Dal jsem tedy burger a to maso mi nepřišlo nějak super. Jakože super, ale nesplnilo očekávání podle toho, co jsem o něm slyšel.

Člověk si tu pokecá mnohem lépe. Měl jsem Uber řidiče z Kenyi a zajímavé slyšet názory na vše možné. Nějak ta Afrika se na mne lepí tady obecně. Na meetingu máme člověka za Africkou internetovou asociaci z Ugandy. Jeho kamarád, co se k nám připojil k večeři, staví elektrárny v Ugandě a okolí. Zastupitelka za Evropskou asociaci má mámu původem z Ugandy. Její manžel je sice Američan, ale taky s kořeny v Africe, který se zamiloval do českých dveří ve starém městě. Prý po návratu domů zjistil, že většina fotek z Prahy jsou dveře! :-D

Za ty dva roky co jsem tu nebyl udělali jednu novinku – není potřeba kupovat lítačku na metro. Stačí přiložit bezkontaktní kartu. A není v tom žádný příplatek, je to jako když si člověk koupí jednorázovou cestu. Mazec!

A salsa tu je super. Kvalitně a s počty to na New York nemá, ale zase tu jsou všichni milí a usměvaví! Pro prvních pár holek jsem si došel, zbytek si tak nějak všiml a došly si pro mne samy. Oh! <3

Mimochodem, domů jsem to vzal oklikou. V Praze byla šílená bouřka, že jsme letěli o hodinu později, abychom ji minuli. I tak jsme ji chytili a užíval si show už od Frankfurtu (fotka před vstupem do bouřky). Bohužel Ruzyně byla na nějaký čas zavřená a tak jsme kroužili a kroužili ve frontě. Která byla dlouhá a tak si zaletěli dotankovat ještě do Vídně.

Bohužel jsem nestihl poslední autobus a nočním jsem fakt jet nechtěl. Žádný Uber do pár minut. Děsně k tomu lilo, tak jsem došel k volnému taxíku. Stál dost daleko. Než jsem k němu došel, sáčko jsem měl durch. Řidič stáhl okénko kam že chci. Já Butovice. Na což že to je moc krátká cesta, zavřel okénko a nechal mne na tom dešti. Idiot. Pardon ten výraz, ale fakt kretén. Tak jsem tedy otevřel Uber. Narazil jsem na moc milého chlapíka z Ruska, který mne vzal i když už byl na cestě domů! Názor o používání Uberu si udělejte sami.


Druhá

Nikdy, opravdu nikdy, neleťte s Ryanair. Teda… za předpokladu, že se nechcete cítit jako v mekáči plný reklamy s málo místa na cokoliv a bez vody v ceně. Jo a taky chcete mít letušky, nikoliv obchodnice co neustále něco nabízejí. Od vůní až po losy. To už radši být na poště. :-D

Jelikož pracovní dny tu jsou od rána do večera, rozhodl jsem se si den předem udělat víc volno. Začal jsem procházkou míst, které se mi líbí, například London Tower a okolí. Pak si došel do Borough marketu na úžasný burger a nakoupil několik sladkostí. Chtěl jsem jen malý dezert, ale měli tam poplatek za platbu kartou pod deset liber a abych ušetřil, koupil jsem si koláče tři. :-D Pak jsem si to zamířil do královniny zahrady, kde se mi to taky moc líbí, a snědl si tam jeden koláček. Vedle mne se usídlil jeden zvláštní člověk s plnou igelitkou piv a dával si jedno za druhým. Po tom, co jsem si dal dvacet (aneb když se tam mohou válet v trávě lidi v černém obleku, proč ne i já, že), mi řekl, ať už nikdy podobnou věc neudělám, nebo mne někdo okrade. Poučení: neposuzovat lidi podle vzhledu a chování. Po tom odpočívání to chtělo večeři, tak jsem si našel fajnovou restauraci, kde jsem měl úžasnou chobotnici! Lepší jsem měl snad jen v mišelinské restauraci ve Španělsku a to si nejsem jist! Měli ji krásně křupavou na styl letního salátu s jogurtem a sazenicemi a celkově to utvářelo suprovou chuť. Nemohl jsem odolat vyzkoušet víc a šel do dalšího dezertu. Čokoládový fondant se zmrzlinou a sušenými borůvky. By člověk nevěřil jak takové sušené borůvky dokážou dezert úplně proměnit v něco jiného a lepšího! Den jsem zakončil v divadle.

Moc se mi líbí Shakespeare globe a tak šel tam. Bohužel žádnou shakespearovskou hru v ten den neměli, ale měli tam něco jiného. Hru lions + tigers o boji osamostatnění Indie od Británie. Po tom co jsem četl Dlouhou cestu ke svobodě od Mandely (doporučuji) mi to přišlo velmi zajímavé a koupil lístek. Navíc jsem za nejlepší sedadlo měl slevu. Místo 45 liber jen 20! Hru napsala žena dle dopisů svého praprastrýce a Gandhio. A to mi neuvěříte, ale v kavárně v tom divadle si ke mne přisedli Indové a hned si se mnou začali povídat a nabízet víno atd. atd. a pak mi řekli, že přišli podpořit svou sestru, která tu hru napsala. Aneb setkal jsem se s rodinou, která kdysi bojovala za osvobození od Británie, znala se s Gandhim a teď žije v Londýně. :-D A taky mi nabízeli jejich dcery, když se dozvěděli, že jsem nezadaný. Což byla jejich asi třetí otázka. První byla na jméno, pak odkud jsem. :-D

Každopádně docela smutný příběh. Gandhi věřil v mírumilovnou cestu bez žádného násilí. Její praprastrýc s dalšími bratry (kteří umřeli) však zabil jednoho důležitého člověka z Británie a tím hodně pomohli k osvobození a stal se tak hrdinou. Gandhi se ho snažil dostat z trestu smrti, ale riskoval by tím zahozením veškeré snahy a tak se ho musel zříct a nechat ho popravit Británií. Hodně mne překvapilo, že si Británie dělala z Gandhio srandu a nechtěli se Indie vzdát (ve hře byl použit i útržek z novin) a přitom třeba Mandelovi při jeho boji v Jižní Africe dali bez problému zbraně, aby mohl doma zaútočit na nadvládu bílých. Británie. Hm. To jsou tak neskutečně zajímavé věci, proč nám ve škole nikdy nic o tomhle neříkali?!


Třetí

Třetí pracovní přílet byl ve velkém stylu. Po celém Londýně létaly ohňostroje a byla čistá obloha, tak to bylo z letadla i vidět. Jedná se o Bonfire Night, tradice na oslavu zmaření pokusu o zničení Westminsterského paláce a zabití krále Jamese prvního. Což teda důvod ani samotní Londýňané často nevědí a musel jsem si sám najít! Každopádně všem kamarádkám jsem napsal, že děkuji za super přivítání. :-)

Nejsem si jist, zda se to horší, nebo si toho začínám jen víc a víc všímat. Ale najednou tu jsou všude samé kamery. Přijde mi, že téměř každý můj krok v Londýně musí nějaká kamera zachytit. Většina z nich snad musí vše hned zahazovat, protože kam by takové množství záznamů ukládali? :-O

Nicméně, docela by mne zajímal záznam z hotelu, kde jsem byl. Už když jsem se o půlnoci dostal na hotel, z vedlejšího pokoje jsem slyšel soulož. Což by bylo ještě v pohodě. Ale pak po chodbě šli (velice pravděpodobně) dva chlápci a bouchali na dveře. Žena šeptala ať neotvírá, ale stejně její… cokoliv… otevřel. Chvíli poměrně ticho. A pak začali orgie. A snad podle některých slov to vypadalo, že jeden z nich to natáčí. Že bych zkontroloval známé porno kanály? :-D Nejhorší na tom bylo, že jeli až do rána. Odcházel jsem na meeting a vedlejší místnost stále nebyla ticho.

Docela jsem se těšil na snídani a tam mne vítalo…

Tento hotel už ne. Nope.

Trochu jsem se bavil i o Brexitu. Dlouho jsem o tom nic neslyšel a vlastně nevěděl v jakém stavu to je. Nikdo nic neví, ví se jen že se to opravdu stane a nejsmutnější na tom je, že většina Británie ani nic moc nevěděla v době hlasování. Celé se to stalo tak rychle, že po odhlasování bylo dost lidí v šoku. Údajne ve všech novinách a zprávách se šířily hlavně informace kolik Británie ušetří odstupem z EU, ale nikdo nezmínil všechny dopady. Například to, že Británie nemá svoje zákony a spoustu dalších věcí, které bude muset udělat od základu. Což znamená – fork toho co má EU. Údajně také hodně lidí hlasovat nešlo a většinou z důvodu, že si nebyli jisti dopady a nevěřili, že by to prošlo.

Tenhle obecný pohled mám z malého vzorku, přibližně deseti lidí, ale i tak to něco vypovídá. Jsem zvědav, jak se sem bude brzy či později lítat. Ať už pracovně či osobně.