Jet lag had seriously messed up my internal clock. People who know me well know that I already struggle with a normal sleep schedule.
I was up at 03:30. I went down to the hotel breakfast at 07:00. The spread was much different than the usual U.S. Continental breakfast. There were meats, both cold and hot, scrambled eggs (with and without vegetables), a variety of breads, muesli, and yogurt. There was also an espresso machine.
I headed out of the hotel and just started walking around the city. I spent a good hour walking through a large park. I wanted to see Prague Castle, The St. Charles Bridge, and the Astronomical clock. I was also looking for any kind of micro brewery.
From the park, I walked down to the St Charles bridge. I went from there up to Prague Castle, which contains a Cathedral. For lunch I had a Pilsner Urquell and a chicken wrap.
I walked down to the main square, exchanged dollars for Czech Crowns, and had a couple of pints at a downtown location.
After walking 11.5 miles that day, I was exhausted and went back to the hotel to rest.
I found out that the beer in the hotel was overpriced. 97 crowns for 1/2 liter. Away from the main tourist attractions, it was 35-40 crowns. The exchange rate was about 23 crowns to the dollar.
That night, I went to a nearby restaurant. The beer was so cheap, a drunk like me is bound to overdue it. I had had 4 0.5 liter glasses. I met a local, named Ihab We proceeded to drink a couple of more beers and some shots of some local liquor. We ended the night at a pub called “Ferdinands”. The beer was good, but the tobacco and marijuana smoke was thick in the place. Fortunately, I didn’t stay long.
One thing I learned was not to tell the locals how cheap the beer is. It’s cheap to westerners, but not necessarily to them.