The Czechs and Tap Water
Posted by Andy Steves in on March 6, 2011.
I love Prague. I think the culture is enthralling; the people complex and interesting; the architecture is beautiful; the food is delicious; and the beer is the best in the world. What I don't understand, though, is why no matter where I am I get a slightly embarassed, slightly disgusted look on the waiter shaking his head back at me each time I ask for tap water with my meal. In Paris, they'll tell you no because they want to sell you water rather than give it to you. But given the reactions I get, that's not the cae here in Prague. From a little detective work, I've developed a theory: I think it's because tap water is what they HAD to drink up until the early nineties under Communism. Now that it is possible to drink bottled water, Czechs simply don't understand why you'd ever want anything else. Well, to the budget backpacker, tap water is a go to. I guess the pints of beer for less than $1 aren't a poor alternative.
I had a blast visiting Prague for the first time with WSA. To start, the hostel that WSA booked for the tour was incredible. The entire staff was very helpful, the rooms were nice, and there was a really cool bar downstairs with live music every night. Our tour guide was top notch as well. He was really fun and flexible with whatever our group wanted to do while making sure we saw all of the major sights, good places to eat, as well as the night life! I thought this trip was much easier to book through WSA rather than figure it all out myself and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get the most out of their trip!Alex Dornacker, Central College ~ Center of Modern Languages, Granada,, Fall 2015
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