Euro Cup and Twist and Shout

Trip Start Jun 08, 2008
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Trip End Jul 09, 2008


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Friday, June 20, 2008

After an unsuccessful first day to truly experience Prague life I made it my mission to live a day like a local.   I had to first wake Johnny from his drunken slumber (apparently he gets drunk on plane rides) and pretty much had to force his stumbling self out of the room.  I had heard that every night the Euro Cup match of that day was played on a giant television in the Old Town Square and figured that would be a nice place to get drunk with Czechs; after rounding up Lala and Derek we all made our way back across the Charles Bridge for the third time that day. 
 
Upon arriving at the Old Town Square Lala and Derek decided to go get dinner while Johnny and I decided to get drunk and watch the game with the other thousand or so fans.  The square was packed with tourists and locals alike, all watching the Croatia-Turkey game with great interest while all getting sloppy drunk due to the many beer vendors scattered around the area.  With the exception of a small group of Turks in the middle of the square the crowd was largely rooting for Croatia (must be a sense of Slavic brotherhood I suppose or their disdain of illegal Turk immigrants).  After being several beers past sober we watched the unfortunate conclusion of the game with a Turkey victory in penalty kicks.  When drunken Croatia and Turkey supporters began to confront one another and the police were blocked from moving in by the enormous crowd, we decided the best bet would be to get out of the square as soon possible as to avoid a riot.
 
Being slightly inebriated we could not find our way to Charles Bridge through the confusing maze of winding streets.  After finally finding a large throng of people walking through the streets we decided to follow them thinking that they look like they know where they are going.  After trying to find a place to drink and party with no luck, we eventually found a group of foreign exchange students from Greece that were heading to a bar called Popo's Café and allowed us to tag along. 
 
After walking a mile or two into some random part of Prague we arrived at the bar; to enter the bar you first had to go through the doors to a business building and then go down a very steep staircase into the stone walled basement.  When I walk into the bar I immediately burst out laughing; the bar is packed with Czech teenagers and drinking, smoking and dancing... to the song "Twist and Shout," they were all doing the actually twist dance too.  I thought to myself that this is exactly what I had been searching for in Prague and immediately got a beer and jumped into the bouncing mob of people.
 
At around 4am when the bar started to close down we called it a night and went out to find our way back to the hotel and immediately ran into a problem.  We were quite drunk when we went to the bar and we were now much drunker, there was no possible way we could find our way back to the hotel.  Hailing a cab at 4am is not the easiest thing to do in the world, but one eventually came our way and we hopped in.  The driver did not know where our hotel but because he understood Ukrainian I decided it would be best to stick with him, we spent the next half hour or so driving aimlessly around Prague and I began to suspect the cabbie was also intoxicated.  We eventually pulled up in front of our hotel and he charged us only 4 krowns for the ride, something like 25 cents... yup, he was definitely drunk. 
 
As I was laying in bed with the room spinning around me, my last coherent thought before passing out in a drunken stupor was "Euro Trip is awesome!"
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