[kj]A question about Prague

Jiri unspeakable at sbcglobal.net
Fri May 28 11:01:57 EDT 2004

You can definitely go to the Czech Republic for a year
without a job, but you might check to see if you need
a visa (I think you might for that long a stay). I've
stayed for a few months at a time and seem to have
avoided a visa, but my father's a Czech citizen, so
that may have eased things. I would HIGHLY recommend
it. Prague's a very fun town, and it's fairly simple
access to a lot of other great places in Europe.

I second Pat's praise, but to clarify, Budvar didn't
sell its name to the yanks--nor likely would it ever,
even for a massive load of cash--nor did it sell the
name to Anheuser-Busch, which lifted the "Budweiser"
name through good old-fashioned theft, (or is it
sampling?). A-B is based in St. Louis, a river city in
the middle of the U.S. Its founder (and namesake)
Busch was traveling through Bohemia and Bavaria in the
1870s when he found Budvar (or Budweiser as the
Germans call(ed) it)-style beer raved about. Knowing
there were loads of German immigrants in St. Louis at
the time, he decided to try to make a similar beer in
the St. Louis market and call it Budweiser.

When A-B expanded its horizons and eyed global markets
in the first half of the 20th century, suddenly Budvar
and A-B were clashing over the name. Trademark
disputes have ensued in almost every country where one
might want to profit from selling beer. Budvar is
called "Czechvar" in the U.S. (and A-B, with its
shake-down tactics and stranglehold on most
distributors, keeps it out of most locations), and
A-B's brew has to go by "Bud" or "Anheuser-Busch B" or
other comical names in various countries.

Sorry, too much information I know, but it's a
sensitive topic with me.

--- Patrick Davies <Patrick.Davies at subsea7.com> wrote:
> Went there over 10 years ago just when it turned
> into the Slovak
> republic and the berlin wall had come down. Pre big
> macs
> Yes its cheap and quite wonderful
> Do catch the train through to Pils and Budvar if
> only to taste the beer.
> Budvar of course sold its name to the yanks which
> they use to bottle up
> that affront to lager. Pils is the original. Theres
> one place in Prague
> that brews the only dark beer I saw and it serves
> the traditional
> sausage etc. Well worth the experience.
> The old eastern block trains were massive and we
> went through to
> Budapest - worth the effort if your over there -
> although we strayed
> into Bratislava which was strange. I know many
> chelsea ffriends who went
> over there and didn't see the problems we had.
> We took the train then to the mountains - tatras
> which was very nice.
> Returning to Prague we found it was then the place
> that the hippy clique
> had moved to having given up on amsterdam We stayed
> at some blokes house
> and his parents came back from a trip early. They
> were happy to see
> sterling and fed us well. His dad was a professor
> who had been
> persecuted for his liberal views. An interesting
> occasion.
> All the nightclubs were in old bunkers and you
> will/should find a
> killing joke record played at some point!
> Was going to take the other alf there this year but
> she opted for
> Barcelona instead
> Would love to return
> iPat  
> --- "Deadjester" <rivethead at comcast.net> wrote:
> Does anyone know much about Prague?  My roommate(and
> band member) just
> got
> offered a job there. His company said they'll direct
> deposit his pay to
> his
> account so he'll be better off pay wise(whatever
> that means).
> Well, what I want to know is can you go to prague
> for long stay(at least
> a
> year) without getting a job there?  I get dividends
> directly deposited
> into
> my account every 3 months so I have income that can
> sustain me during my
> stay. If anyone can give me some info I'd appreciate
> it.
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