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Beer porn: A pilgrimage to Plzeň

Beer porn: A pilgrimage to Plzeň

There’s an old Czech joke which goes something like this: A kid walks into a bar and asks for a beer. The bartender says “wouldn’t you rather have a lemonade?” “Yeah”, the kid replies, “but I’m three crowns short” Welcome to the Czech Republic – the country where beer costs less than water.  A few months back I needed to get out of Thailand for a while. The heat, the wife, and the bad beer had all conspired to plunge me into the depths of despair – it was time to escape long enough to clear my head. Being a…

Soaking up the last few days in the Czech Republic

Soaking up the last few days in the Czech Republic

Back in Bangkok for a week, I’ve had some time to reflect on my time away. It was a good trip, nice to escape the heat of Thailand but I’m glad to be home, and I really missed the wife. More than I thought I would. Item THB EUR Flights 37,500 1,002 Travel Insurance 970 26 Trains & Buses 1,084 29 Food & Drink 22,400 600 Accommodation 11,855 317 Total THB 73,809 EUR 1,974 I managed to keep costs under control and came back with € 175 which was converted to much needed Thai Baht. All up I spent just…

Pitstop in Františkovy Lázně, Czech Republic

Pitstop in Františkovy Lázně, Czech Republic

If you’ve got a few years of travel under your belt you will understand this maxim: When the travel gods take something away from you they give you something amazing in return. I remember it happening in Europe with wife 1.0 when ,unable to find a hotel room in Bologne, Italy we put ourselves back on a train to Milan, where a wonderful taxi driver helped us find a room at midnight and restored my faith in humanity. The next day we traveled to Lake Como and had an amazing time. We had never intended to go there. This time…

Around town in Plzeň, Czech Republic

Around town in Plzeň, Czech Republic

As I stand at the bus-stop waiting for my chariot into town I find the cold both liberating and annoying. It’s the 2nd day of my Czech Republic adventure. Travel is about solving problems as you are offered a masterclass in keeping cool and not losing your shit. And by travel, I don’t mean organised tours. They have their place, but to get the good shit you have to expose yourself to risk, just like investing. It pushes you out of your comfort zone. That’s the idea. The reward – if you’re lucky, a run down the rabbit hole. Memories…

A few weeks in the Czech Republic

A few weeks in the Czech Republic

I needed to get out of Bangkok Thailand – maybe it was the heat, the bad beer of the wife. I’m not really sure but it had gotten to the point where I was getting angry at strangers. I’m sure a beating by a bunch of Thais was only weeks away. In some ways this is the trip which nearly wasn’t, thanks to a lack of funding. I had to re-arrange my schedule and skip Germany (too pricey), ending up in the Czech Republic. Sorry Gareth – was looking forward to catching up with you in Hamburg alas twas not…

Europe 2005, continued

Europe 2005, continued

Tossa de Mar A trap for young players – if you are getting an overnight train from Turin to Barcelona it may not depart from the main station. Is my memory deceiving me? Google says it is now not possible to get a direct train but I’m pretty sure we did just that – the Trenhotel, perhaps? It was a good experience but I have to say that for some reason I just can’t sleep on trains, or at least sleep well. We arrived in Barcelona a little later than scheduled and navigated the local subway to reach a bus…

Europe, 2005

Europe, 2005

A year after our USA adventure, wife 1.0 and I were packing our bags again. Maybe we’d won the lottery and she hadn’t told me? Punched SYD-SIN-CDG-SXB into the flight computer and off we went. Being in the air for nearly 24 hours straight is no picnic. Arrived Strasbourg totally exhausted but dragged ourselves out to a nearby cafe for a few glasses of the local beer. Vineyards of Alsace Stayed a few nights in Strasbourg to recover from jet-lag. It’s a charming city, or was then. More on that later. I’d convinced the then wife to undertake a self-guided…