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.
Andy and his crew were awesome. They helped us navigate the city and showed us its innumerable historic sites (Colosseum, Vatican, Trevi Fountain, etc.) with the option of going to Easter Mass at the Vatican if you pick the right weekend. All I have to say was that being in the third row at...Joshua Dyer, Bridgewater State University ~ University of Limerick, Spring 2016
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