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.
Last weekend a group of my friends and I all did the Budapest guided tour with Bogi and I can honestly say it was the best time so far during this study abroad experience! The best part was that everything was planned and directions to get around were clear so it was a completely stress free...Colleen Maloney, Bridgewater State University ~ University of Limerick, Spring 2016
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