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The Czechs and Tap Water

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.

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Katrina Alford, Concordia University - Irvine

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This past weekend, I traveled to Budapest with WSA with a couple of friends from my university abroad, and I couldn't have asked for a better trip! After arriving at the hostel, we met Bogi, our tour guide for the weekend, who was instantly friendly and welcoming. Throughout the weekend, Bogi was an amazing guide! She showed us some great places for shopping and food, as well as the top sights around the city. You could tell she loved her job and never passed up an opportunity to share about her hometown and some of its history. She was so friendly and was sincerely interested in us as individuals and did everything she could do accommodate our priorities for the weekend (whether it was food, shopping, nightlife, sightseeing, etc.) I would highly recommend WSA's guided tours for any student studying abroad who wants to explore more than their university's city!

Katrina Alford, Concordia University - Irvine ~ AIFS Richmond, Spring 2015

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