Last weekend ranks pretty high amongst the most ridiculous experiences of my life.
Things I learned:
-not to allow German dudes with livers like a 6 year old girls and a penchant for sleeping with their Ipods on to handle the sole room key
-Prague is not, contrary to popular belief, a cheap city for partying
-Russia must not have any strippers left, because they're all in Eastern Europe
-Eastern Europe might be cooler than Western Europe, and is definitely more like the US than Western Europe
Eastern Europe. Good to the last drop.The Train
Following what I originally thought to be a spectacular failure on my Financial Accounting exam (but which actually turned out to be an intellectual coup that somehow salvaged my grade and procured for me a B in the class), I bought a large bottle of Jaeger and resolved to drown my sorrows in its black licorice bliss. Alex (the aforementioned German with the liver of a kindergartener) and Travis, two of my classmates, and I rushed to the train station, bought our tickets (for which we had to pay a $16 reservation fee despite the fact that the train was leaving in 5 min) and a lot of alcohol, and boarded in record time. We had not yet even stowed our shit before cracking open the Jaeger and beer, and began drinking combatively before the train even began moving. Shortly thereafter, my Jager was empty (mostly killed by me), and the other two were nursing beers, mumbling something about "pacing themselves" as I questioned their masculinity, parentage, and intestinal fortitude. We passed the time in conversation, pointedly avoiding the topic of the exam, which was agreed to be an unmitigated disaster by all, and arrived after 4 short hours in Prague.
As we disembarked, we were greeted by a Czech woman with remarkably good English who invited us to stay at Hotel Express Prague, which I recommend to anyone in the area. Alex did the majority of the negotiating, as he was least drunk, and got us a room for $60. For the weekend. Nice. We followed her back to the hotel, me mentioning casually that Hostel was set in Eastern Europe, and that I'd like to live through the weekend. Upon arriving, Travis was delighted to discover a mega porn shop across the street from the hotel, for which we left immediately upon dropping our bags in the room. After perusing their massive selection, Alex purchased poppers and began huffing them while Travis and I sought out Absinthe (I enjoined Travis to just download all of his porn like a normal person rather than buying the armful he'd selected in 20 minutes). Finding the Absinthe shortly thereafter, we returned to the hotel to begin drinking once more. To spur them on into manhood, I poured doubles for every single they drank,and was soon thereafter obliterated, as were they.
Our hotelPartying Begins in Earnest
At some point there was a conversation between my companions to which I was not privy, over the relative merits of strippers and/or prostitutes. Alex claimed that he hated both, though after a shot of Absinthe could talk about nothing but titty bars. I believe I was dropping the kids off in the pool during this discussion, and emerged from the bathroom to discover them laying on their beds half asleep. After threatening to start breaking furniture, they emerged from their state of semi-unconsciousness and proclaimed we should head for a tittybar, to which I assented, if only to get our sausagefest out into public. We were then waylaid by one of the ubiquitous titty bar hawksters, from whom Alex haggled free drinks and entrance in return for our presence. Several more Jaegers later, Travis and I were fending off offers of everything ranging from oral sex to lap dances that exceeded the price of sex with prostitutes in the town. I attempted to explain to the Russian spazz who apparently thought I was Donald Trump's kid that under no circumstances would I pay $30 for a lapdance, repeatedly, to no avail. She continued her unending offers as I ignored her, even turning my back to her, and attempting to drink her out of existance. Finally I stood and proclaimed we should leave, stopping midsentance as I watched Alex performing the weirdest dance/display of affection to a stripper I have ever seen. Laughing hysterically at his gyrations, which would not have seemed out of place at Woodstock, I grabbed Travis and pointed out Alex, who then began drinking and laughing with me. After Alex dropped his $30, we left the bar, constantly corralling Alex to insure he didn't wander off. While I asked a group of Czechs where we should head next, Alex did in fact wander off, not to be seen for the rest of the night. I called out to him, but he ignored me, so Travis and I followed the group to a bar clear on the other side of the Czech Republic. Though I was concerned, having just seen Hostel and having watched Alex follow the ugliest Gypsie I'd ever seen down a darkened alleyway, that he might end up in a bathtub sans his kidneys, I was far too interested in the Czech chicks to worry about anyone's wellbeing. After more Jaeger, and an inkling that the sun was about to rise, Travis and I wantered back toward the hotel, stopping briefly in the titty bar to see if Alex had returned. He hadn't, so we abandoned our abbreviated search and headed for the hotel, only to find that Alex had the only key, and was passed out inside the room. We banged on the door for at least 15 minutes, waking up everyone on the floor, and finally got him to open the door, and collapsed into bed.
Shithoused.Steak and Jaeger
Upon rising and discovering that I was hungrier than I've ever been in my life, I grabbed a book, called my companions pussies for sleeping through Prague, and went in search of steak. Soon thereafter I found some, devoured it heartily, and enjoyed sitting in a sports-themed brewpub that would not be out of place in the US. That's not to say it was some chain, but rather that it had the same air of unbridled masculinity that you'll find in some better US sportbars, a feature sorely lacking in much of Continental Europe. Returning to the room, I exhorted the guys to get the fuck up, and they grundgingly obliged. We then left the room to get more food, and after poking our heads into a number of resteraunts, settled on a pizza place. The pizza was pretty damn good, if a little bland, and we sat for a while and chatted while planning our day. They both wanted to watch soccer, which did not appeal to me at all, so we reached a compromise in which we'd walk around a bit and stop at a sports bar if we found one. We headed for a giant clock in the center of town that's a famous landmark, and happened upon a sex toy museum.
Fuck an a right, a sex toy museum. Gods bless the Czechs.
Best. Museum. Ever.
After telling them it would be the coolest fucking thing they've ever seen (which it was), they grudgingly entered, beers in hand. The museum began with various historical, woman-powered vibrators and other female stimulators, and led into a movie house showing the oldest threesome in porn, which might be the single funniest thing I've ever seen. Alex and Travis, already in their cups from having been drinking as we walked the streets, were treated to my commentary and added dialogue to the movie, as were the rest of the people in the theater, who were apparently overawed by my hilarity. I drew quite a crowd, providing MS3k-style quips throughout what might be the greatest display of hideous physiues and sexual ineptitude ever caught on celluloid. Upon the end of this rare cinematic gem, we toured the rest of the museum, and proceeded along to the giant clock in the center of prague, capturing a comical picture of several thousand people staring with rapt attention at a giant Glockenspiel. Don't get me wrong, it was cool, and 700 some odd years old, but these people looked as though they were watching the guy with the biggest dick in porn bang porn's smallest midget or something (which, incidentally, is amazing- a dude with an 18" dick fucks some dwarf who's something along the lines of 30" tall).
The only soccer I'd watch of my own volition.
Thereafter, we wandered the streets looking for a sports bar, as Alex demanded that we watch grown men playing a child's game. We were then fleeced by some shitbox Slav cabbie, who demanded something along the lines of 40E for what should have cost us 3E, and sat down to watch Man U battle it out with some other soccer team. As we were sitting with some Man U hooligans, I had a good time with them, chugging Coke Light (for which they mocked me mercilessly, but fuck it, I like my liver right where it is) and heckling the other team and their fans. I also ordered some wings, which were apparently cooked by a man who has never, in fact, eaten wings. They were 1) boiled, and 2) covered in some disgusting and wholly bland salsa. My heckling then began to include the phrase, "Your team sucks worse than these fucking wings!", which was met with no small amount of anger- apparently everyone shared my opinion of the wings
Upon leaving that bar, and having vowed never again to pay for a cab ride, anywhere, we began our walk back to the hotel, which turned out to take about four minutes. Irritation then turned to murderous rage, and we vowed to kill the cabbie if we ever saw him again. To cap this point, Alex and Travis began on a path of liver destruction to which the previous night paled in comparison. I, being unused to drinking with either that frequency, or intensity, chose to relax a bit on the chugging of liquor, and I was the voice of sobriety for the bulk of the evening, which was another whirlwind tour of titty bars (Alex found that he was in love with one of strippers, I believe) and bars. We again misplaced Alex while talking to some chicks, and departed on the bus for points unknown in search of what might be the weirdest club I have ever seen. Picture, if you will, a bar from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, populated with European metrosexuals, metalheads, and ravers. Quite a mix. While Travis tried to work his magic with the locals, I grabbed another Coke Light and headed into the dance club, where I found a live band playing techno. If that were not odd enough, I came to the realization that the band was in fact a jazz band, playing techno on jazz instruments. I wandered back to the bar to alert Travis to the uniqueness of this band, and found him engrossed in a conversation with two Nordic chicks. He was, apparently, awaiting my return, completely unaware of the fact that I have the same effect on European chicks that German panzers have on the French- I inspire mass, and usually very disorderly retreat. Before I could do too much damage, I rolled back to the techno room, where I remained until Travis gathered me up.
Overhung and tired of waiting for those lazy motherfuckers to drag ass out of bed.
There you have it- my weekend adventure in the Czech Republic. Lest you worry, the next blog installment will be back to business as usual.