The countdown is on, ladies and gentlemen. Six weeks from today I’m leaving on a jet plane for my month-long Go with Oh adventure in Europe.
You may know that I’ve already announced the first destination of my European trip as being Prague. I picked the city for a number of reasons. First, I’ve never been. In fact, the Czech Republic will be the furthest east I’ve been in Europe. Second, everyone that I’ve spoken with and everything I’ve read sings the praises of Prague. I thought, “What the hell? Let’s do this.”
I wasn’t going to let a little thing like winter keep me from seeing the city of a hundred spires. I did have a tinge of regret when I spoke of my plan to visit Prague in November to a German friend. His eyes became large and said, “Are you sure? Prague is cold, I mean seriously cold, and I grew up in Germany!” Oh well, this Houstonian wants to experience a winter that doesn’t include flip flops. Of course, I may regret this decision when my extremities can no longer be felt.
I’ll admit that I don’t know much about Prague, and I’ve done very little research. I know the basics: Explore the Old Town, Lesser Town, the Prague Castle, and the Charles Bridge. That’s really it. I even considered knocking a couple other countries off my bucket list while in the Czech Republic. I checked out train trips to Berlin and Vienna from Prague, but ultimately decided to save that for another time. All three of those cities deserve more time than I have to give.
Thanks to my travel-partner-in-crime, Lola, I am well aware that Prague and the Czech Republic are famous for their beer. In fact, when I visited Lola in Massachusetts this summer to hatch our European plans, I noticed that many of her suggestions for Prague revolved around the pubs and breweries.
Now, I’m no teetotaler, and I’ve certainly had my fair-share of hangovers and stupid, drunken behavior, but weeks and even months can also pass without alcohol crossing my lips. I’m afraid that this trip with Lola might do some serious damage to my otherwise healthy liver. This is certainly something I should prepare myself for, and Lola, being the wonderful friend she is, decided that I need a little tolerance training prior to setting off for Europe. Such a giver, that one.
My liver and I need your help.
PLEASE give me your best recommendations for Prague! Yeah, ok, I’d love suggestions for your favorite pubs and breweries, but I’m pleading with you, give me some ideas that don’t involve barley and hops! And, if you’re going to be in Prague November 6-9, holler at me. I’d love to, dare I say, have a beer with you.