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So we left off with Ashley and I deciding to head to an Absinthe Bar with some people we met at the hostel…….
Now it is a common thing for travelers heading off to Prague to go out and experience the elusive alcohol Absinthe. Throughout history you always hear about the mishaps with Absinthe like Vincent Van Gogh chopping off his ear or people seeing visions of the Green Fairy. The legend around the drink is still very prevalent today. Absinthe is an anise flavored spirit that is well known for having wormwood in it which is supposed to be a hallucinogenic. Now I have had Absinthe many times but I have never seen the green fairy and I believe that it is more of a myth than anything. Absinthe however, is a very high alcohol spirit that, like any other alcohol, can get you into trouble. Still Ashley and I were in Prague and whether the legends were true or not we had to drink it.
With our newly acquainted friends we stepped in to a small wooden tavern that specialized in Absinthe and took our seats. The waitress brought over the menus and we were greeted with many different types of Absinthe and different preparations. Now Absinthe should be sipped, it is not a shot, and there always tends to be a ceremonial ritual around it. Our waitress told that she hated the stuff because of the taste which was slightly ominous but that did not discourage us. We all picked different types of Absinthe and they were presented in different ways. The basic Absinthe is usually accompanied with either sugar or water or just the spirit itself. A flame can be used to melt the sugar into the spirit and burn off some of the alcohol or the Absinthe could be placed under a water dripper that drips over the sugar cube and slowly dissolves the sugar into the drink. Some of the options was just different strength Absinthe and ice. All of this is done to dilute the alcohol and sweeten the spirit. We enjoyed immensely all of the Absinthe that was brought out and passed around all the different styles and strengths of Absinthe. While we sat there and drank an expat, currently living in Prague, sat down and began to play folk music on his acoustic guitar.
Once we were all loosened up a little on Absinthe we went out into the cold fall night and explored the medieval city. Prague is a beautiful city, filled with a vibrant nightlife that seems to go on all night and lights that illuminate the city. Now I will admit due to the Absinthe things did get a little fuzzy near the end of the night. We went around drinking beer (and even had a blueberry beer that tasted like blueberry pancakes) and dancing in clubs till the late hours.
I said early that many travelers come to experience the myth of the green fairy but they also come for the nightlife and the clubs, which there are plenty of. I am not a club kind of person and I could have spent my whole night in the Absinthe tavern enjoying the music, however the club we went to was an event and if you love clubbing Prague is definitely a city you need to visit.
Prague is a lot more than Absinthe and clubs. The food is hearty and delicious to keep you warm during the cold days of fall and winter and the city itself is just majestic in its medieval setting. Ashley and I did a lot in our few days; our first night was the only one dominated by clubs, Absinthe taverns, and Kiwi’s that had cracked their skulls and still partied hard. The first night was quite an introduction. When that first night came to an end I had to say I was quite glad that our original trip fell through because a great trip came out of it. One of these days I will do a Punk tour across Europe, I’m sure of it but that will be left for the future. So just know that when things start going bad on a trip just ride out the storm and then move forward because you could be like Ashley and I who ended up with probably one our best and definitely one of the most interesting trips of our lives. Like I said Prague is a beautiful city that is filled with life and mystery. I can’t wait to I go back and enjoy another adventure with the green fairy.
Prague is such a beautiful city and if you missed it do not forget to check out Part 1 of our Night with the Green Fairy!