Reality Czechs: Burčák time

September in the Czech Republic is Burčák time.

Burčák is a partially fermented cloudy white or red wine with sugar 1019 tasting the brewadded, sold in unlabelled two-litre plastic bottles at stands in the market, city squares or at the tramstops.

As Paul learnt from experience, it continues to ferment after you buy it so you need to keep the lid partly unscrewed to let the CO2 escape – or accidents happen! You also have to drink it within two days because it starts to taste bitter after the sugar is converted to ethanol and CO2.

We like its unique taste – a bit like carbonated grape juice with an alcoholic kick. It is quite cheap, sold in large quantities and goes down easily.

Reality Czechs in the U.S.

A fabulous evening cruising in the waters around Woods Hole, MA, with great food and wonderful people. The water was like glass, the weather mild and slightly foggy. No wind. The photo of the sunset, the mansion, the horses and the sailboat sums hit up perfectly.

Summer in the U.S. is so different. People who have come to the Cape for summer ever year since they were kids stand in the water with THEIR kids, chatting away instead of trying to find an unoccupied patch of sand, attacking the surf or sheltering in the shade of umbrellas. Labour day signals the end of summer and the start of school and cool nights. It’s as if winter is already here, psychologically if not in reality. Definitely summer is over.

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