Then and now
In 1992, my starting living allowance as a Peace Corps volunteer was 5,450 Kč per month – about $200 at the time. That was about the same as my Czech colleagues at the university were making, which may have been a little bit less than average (teachers are underpaid here, too).
Hostel came in 6th. I have not seen the film, and don’t think I will, but I got a report on it from Tomášek. He told me that the audience in the Czech cinema had been howling with laughter at many aspects of the film, and these are the examples he cited:
Amsterdamwas . You could see the cobblestones in the pavement, which Prague Amsterdamdoes not have; there were signs in Czech in the background, and all the filmmakers did to make Pragueinto was to fill the street with bicycles. Amsterdam was actually Český Krumlov. Bratislava
- The “Slovaks” in the film were all speaking
- The train station that was supposed to be in a large German town was Praha hlavní nádraží –
main station. They had covered up the Czech on the platform signs, leaving only the German and English visible. Prague
Last night Tomášek and I started out at Potrefená husa in Josefov, and moved on from there to Alcohol Bar (the bar with the straightforward name). We reminisced about the last time we had been together in Alcohol Bar.
It had to have been sometime in 2004, and I am fairly certain that it was towards the beginning of the year, either while Jean-Bertrand Aristide was being overthrown or shortly thereafter.
Tomášek and I had sat at the bar that night. We perused the cocktail list. For those of you who have not frequented the cocktail bars in Prague, their drinks lists are nearly always at least the size of novellas, and the waitresses watch you like hawks to make sure you don’t attempt to steal one. We found a drink on the menu that was named
Tomášek and I had chosen the