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Published: August 27th 2005
Playing tunes from a juke box while we sang for our poor bartender in the other room.
Well Lloyd and I have succesfully navigated the city of prague as well as the Busses around the country. After spending two nights in Prague we decided to take a break from the bad weather and head north to Karlovy Vary, a little town where since the 1400s people, like Mozart, Bethoven, Freud, Marx, and Michael Douglas have been going to the "sanitariums" for hydrocolonoscapies, mud baths, massages, and good scenerey. The city is pretty spectacular as it is set in the valley on a river. Every house is huge and one can tell this is the American equivilant to a fancy second home town. We found a little room in a pension for 15 dollars a night each. The lady didn't speak english but invited us into her house and through sign language and german we were able to communicate. She even cooked us breakfast and woke us up at 9 am to set our little table in our room.
Coincidently there was an international student film festival going on in the town. We bought tickets and for the opening night they threw a huge party in this old mansion on the river. Lloyd and I got there
Ahh Prague, and the Charles Bridge
not knowing what to expect. We arrived and there were these two Czeck guys rapping up on stage. We couldn't really tell what they were saying but the one dollar beers helped and we enjoyed shots of Becherov which one guy described as tasting like "Christmas" which is sort of accurate as it has a sort of Egg noggy taste to it. At around 3 am I made my way over to the Casino at the grand hotel pupp and played some blackjack. I was up as much as 500 hundred crowns (30 dollars) but soon went down to zero. I had lost about 50 dollaras and decided that I as not going to stand for it. I put my last 1000 crowns down and luckily won the hand, ultimately breaking even. Few!!!
Our little German lady woke us up bright and early the next morning to a wonerful breakfast of eggs, sausage, salami, cheese, bread, honey, jam and coffee. It was great. After breakfast we went back to bed. She woke us up again at 11 and pointed to her watch and lauged...We decided to get up and start our day.
The Czeck food is really interesting,
After an hour and a half we found it
as everything consists of meat and potatoes. And when I saw everything I mean everything. One night in Karlovy Vary Lloyd and I went all out and had a four course meal. For desert we saw that everyone was ordering this one desert that consisted of four or five round balls covered in whip cream and strawberrys. As i took my first bite I realized that they were potatoes dumplings It was allright doused in whipcream and fruit but as a whole I don't suggest it.
Karlovy Vary is also know for its natural springs of sulfric/mineral water. There are 13 fountains aroud town which people buy these funny little ceramic cups with straw built in and fill them up with 62 degree celsius water, and drink it. Supposedly "fountains of youth." The water taste pretty bad and to make up for the taste they sell these giant wafer cookies (As seen in the picture). The wafers are alright but after abot 10 of them you never want to eat one again.
After Karlovy Vary Lloyd and I headed back to Prague. The weather had cleared up and we have had two unbelievable days of absolute sunshine. Yesterday
Chillin at the Castle
lloyd and I decided to give ouselves our own sort of walking tour. As we grabbed two beers from the grocery store we wandered the streets, and stopped a long the way at little pubs. On our little tour lloyd found a jacket laying on a garbage can. i'm convinced someone left it out hoping a homeless person would grab it, but lloyd insisted that it was not gross and fit him perfectly well. Yar... I've said after I gain my first 20 pounds on this trip I'm going to stop eating. Actually we've probably been walking about 10 miles a day. Anyways Last night we went to the largest dance club in all of central europe. Five different clubs in one. Two electronic music rooms (for lloyd), two 80s/90s dance rooms, and one chill out room with couches and bean bags. We stayed till about 4 and made our way back. All in all it was interesting.
Today was our last full day in prague so we decided to finally take a walking tour (we're learning as we go). We learned all about the city from little Magda, our 26 year old guide who speaks 5 languages. Tonight
we returned to our favorite restaurant, and perhaps we will hit up a little jazz club tonight or just go to bed....who knows. We are heading to Pilzen tomorrow to see the 3rd largest synagogue and perhaps I don't know go to the brewery where pilsner Urquell is made....After which we are off to Cesky Kumlov...A little river town in the south...
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