Czech yourself before you wreck yourself

Trip Start Aug 30, 2001
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Trip End Dec 27, 2001


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Tuesday, November 6, 2001

Let me start this off by saying that there are a lot of people in Czech Republic with mullets.

I can't decide what I think about this place. Everyone seems to think it's the greatest city ever but that's probably just because it's so cheap. There were lot of beautiful buildings and it was nice to see something a bit different. The problem was that it was really un-cosmopolitan. I was hoping for a city (hip people, restaurants, shopping, etc.) but it seemed more like what New Mexico would be like if it had recently shrugged off communist rule. People all seemed either depressed or tired, I couldn't tell which. Maybe they're sick of stupid backpackers wandering around their city looking for the McDonald's.

I stayed at Sir Toby's. This hostel rules. It was cheaper than any of the ones I stayed in before it but more expensive than the others in Prague. The people that work there are cool and they will tell you what they do for fun so you don't end up someplace lame.

The first day I was there I went shopping but didn't buy anything because there are no stores in Prague that don't suck. Then I walked around and had a look at the old town square. This is the only sight I saw there. I'm actually sort of embarrassed about the fact that I was in Prague for 5 days and didn't even visit the castle. I didn't even take any pictures!

I ran into Deborah (the Australian girl I met in Munich) at the hostel and ended up going out with her, a Canadian named Gareth, a kid from Florida named Scott, an English bloke named David (who everyone called Paul all night for some reason), and some Germans. We went to some silly bar where a band was playing and some local teenagers were whooping it up on the dancefloor. I guess the band broke into a song that was everyone's favorite because all the boys took of their shirts and waved them around while dancing in a frenzied fashion. Weird. Beers at this bar were about 60 cents. Then we went to another bar where the bartender kept playing Limp Bizkit until I had to ask him to stop. He didn't listen until I gave him a 500Kc ($6) tip. After that I was in charge of the CD's. We listened to Old Dirty Bastard and Outkast all night. No one told me what time it was and I didn't know the bar never closed so I was at this place a little late. Whoops.

The next afternoon there was a soccer game on TV between Manchester United and Liverpool. I watched that at an Irish bar with the English dude before going to an actual soccer match between Prague and Brno for about $3. Soccer is way more fun to watch than any of the crap sports we get to see in the US because the clock doesn't stop and the game actually happens in less than 4 hours. Soccer fans in Prague weren't as crazy as the English ones but there were cops in full riot gear ready, just in case. Whenever Prague scored an announcer came on with some vistory music and spoke in a monotone Slavic way that sounded like a Soviet rally. It was awesome.

Apart from this, all I did was wander around like I was lost for a few days and try to spend my daily allowance. It was impossible for me to spend $30 per day without being silly with my money.
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