“Love is the longing for the half of ourselves we have lost” –– Milan Kundera
“A recent visit to Prague by an Australian and British married couple has revealed a dark underside to the ex-Soviet Block city’s booming tourist industry.
The Czech Republic capital, a favourite of history buffs and alcoholic “Brits abroad” alike, was found to be beautiful when the lesbian pair visited in February 2020, to celebrate six years of being together as a couple.
But the city seemed also to reveal hostility towards anyone who was not local, especially British people who locals have said they “fuck” and called “cunts” in graffiti just outside the Old Town Square.
When Malone and Pentreath tried to walk into, and then book, meals at the widely acclaimed Lokal restaurant they were turned away each and every time, in spite of empty tables and the after-dinner-rush hour of the times they requested.
“We LOVED Prague,” the 29-year-old Pentreath told RK Times. “As a British woman myself, I can totally understand why Czech people hate British tourists who come here and guzzle beer like they’ve got absolutely no shame and nothing to live for. We just wish we had played the happy-go-lucky Australian card; we very much plan to next time!”
Pentreath described highlights of the “incredible” trip as Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, and Pilsner Urquell beer, making us wonder if she was the very reason Prague says “Fuck the Brits”.
The pair are also understood to have enjoyed traditional Czech pickled cheese, on-the-bone meats, soups, trdelnik desserts and the famous Frank Gehry ‘Dancing House’, although Malone could not be reached for comment to corroborate this.”
Originally published in the RK Times.
–– Rosie Pentreath, April 2020.
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