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Published: September 25th 2010
It was my 21st birthday and I wanted to celebrate, I had heard about Prague and the cheap alcohol and good night life and thought “Why not”, I knew it would be cold when we were going but had no idea how cold, on average it was around minus 30C every day, MINUS 30C! That is beyond cold.
When we landed a guy asked us if we wanted a taxi, he seemed nice enough (‘seemed’ being the key word) so we got into his cab, on the way to his taxi we were talking and he was joking around with us, once we were all in he said “You are nice guys I will not put the meter on and only charge you 450 Koruny (around £15) to your hotel” what a nice guy that works out about £3.75 each once we split it, we later found out when we got a taxi back to the airport that it should have cost about £2.50 IN TOTAL!
My friends girlfriend had booked the hotel for us and found a very cheap hotel too however it was nowhere near all the bars and we had to get a tram into the
centre to get to the bars, I knew we were going to Wenceslas Square but didn’t know what stop it was so I thought I would listen out for the words “Wenceslas Square” quite a few stops went by and I couldn’t understand one word, I asked someone near us if they spoke English, luckily they did and they told me when to get off, from that point on I told my friends to make a mental note of what it looked like when we got off the tram so that we would know when to get off next time. Every time we got the tram after that we all had to be alert, not likely to happen seeing as we were on a lad’s weekend away and planned on drinking every day but in spite of that we only missed our stop once the whole time we were there.
We walked around and saw some of the sights stopping off in a bar to warm up every so often, on the way back to the hotel that night we found a little shop that sold some snacks so stocked up and took them back to the hotel so
we had some midnight snacks waiting for when we got back to the hotel. We all got ready for a night out, it was freezing outside I have literally never been so cold, I was wearing a long sleeved thermal top underneath a thick sweater, two pairs of long johns underneath a pair of jeans, two pairs of socks and big winter boots and was still cold. After we had been there a couple of nights my friend Barry got ready for our third night out and was wearing a t-shirt & a small jacket, I asked if that was all he was wearing and he said yes, I then said “you’re crazy you will be freezing wearing that” to which he replied “I’m going to be cold no matter what I wear, I may as well look good!”.
Every day when we would get the tram to Wenceslas Square we would walk as far as we could until we got too cold then we would go in to a bar, we always seemed to get to the same first bar and would usually have a drink or two and then move on but one day we decided to
stay for more, every time we would go in they would be playing the sound track to the movie Pulp Fiction. On this particular day we drank a lot and must have listened to the soundtrack at least four times, we decided to leave the bar so asked for the bill, whilst the barmaid was getting the bill we changed our mind and decided to stay as we were having fun and it was freezing outside, she put the bill on the table and we told her we had changed our minds and wanted more drinks, she slammed her hand onto the table, picked up the bill and ripped it up “what do you want?” she said. We were all a little shocked but by this point we were all too drunk to care how rude she was so we all just laughed and continued drinking, lol.
We decided we wanted some more snacks from the shop we had gone to the day before but when we got there the shop was no longer there instead was a sex museum, we must have the wrong place I thought, we didn’t. During the day it was a sex museum with
sex toys from many years ago but during the night it was a shop for drunk people with the munchies, how awesome is that!
We all woke up one morning very hung over and went for breakfast at a local restaurant, the waiter could see how hung over we were and laughed as he said “what drinks can I get you, beer, vodka?” my friend Freddy pointed at Barry and said, in his best Czech accent “Something a little bit stronger” with that the waiter went away with a smile on his face and came back with a large shot of absinth and sugar on a spoon, he soaked the spoonful of sugar in absinth and lit it then put it into the drink, the whole drink was now on fire, Barry blew out the flame and drank the now heated shot in one, nice drink to have with breakfast, lol.
On our last day in Prague as we were all getting ready after breakfast we decided to meet in Freddy’s room, he was still in the shower and was taking ages, Peter was out on the balcony and decided he wanted to see how fast his drink
would freeze on the balcony floor. It was so cold we could actually watch it freeze, we decided to pour more and more on the floor and then call Freddy out onto the balcony to see if he would fall over on the ice, the trap was set Freddy got out of the shower and we called him out, it wasn’t the slapstick ‘fall on your backside’ moment but he did skid a little.
I wish I could remember more of my time in Prague but seeing as it was nearly seven years ago I went I think I’ve done alright with the stuff I have remembered.
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