23 February 2005

Today we salute you, Mr. beer barrel diver

Today was a busy, cold, and interesting day. I went to the Pilner Urquell Brewery in Plzen [pronounced pil-zen]. The tour began with one of the funniest beer commercials I've ever seen. I don't think it was supposed to be funny, I think they were serious, but it ranked up there with the "Real Men of Genius" commercials. The video was about the story of Pilsner Urquell, but it was pretty cheesy. The most interesting part was the underground cellars where the beer ferments. We got to taste beer out of one of the wooden barrels. [Quite the keg!] It was pretty good. Ate lunch at the brewery restaurant and sat with some of the Scottish students. They're really similar to my K-State friends, and also alot of fun. It's crazy because they speak English, but not really. I ate pork, sauerkraut and dumplings for lunch. They were excellent.

After lunch we boarded the bus and drove to Svihov to see the 15th century castle there. Only a portion of it remains, but it was pretty amazing. Also extremely cold! The walls and floors absolutely retain cold, and our toes were nearly frozen by the time the tour was over from walking on the cold floors. The countryside was covered in a beautiful blanket of snow. The snow in Prague just turns ugly, but in the countryside it was quite pretty. On the way back to Prague, our rickety bus [perhaps the oldest on the road] seemed to have a problem. A horribly harsh alarm would blare ever so often, and jolt most of us from our naps. We stopped at a truck stop for most people to use the restroom and buy a snack. I stayed on the bus and found out that the alarm kept sounding because we were losing oil. Great. We made it back safely, however.

Since I'm almost out of allowable blog pictures for the month, that promised website will be coming soon where I can post as many pictures as I like. Tomorrow should be less busy, and maybe allow some time for some more fun. Until then......

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