Big Ballers

26 Jan

Last Friday Jess and I had the very special experience of attending a ball at the Grandhotel Pupp, the KV hotel made famous in “Casino Royale” with Daniel Craig and “Last Holiday” with Queen Latifah.

Every high school has what could be translated as a graduation ball for their graduating seniors. It’s similar to a prom, except that parents, grandparents, teachers, and anyone who attended the school can go as well. Our friend Renata is a German teacher at a high school in Ostrov, a small town close to KV, so she invited us to attend the ball with her and Vitek.

The Grandhotel Pupp is in downtown KV, but more in the touristy section, about a 20 minute walk from our apartment. We planned to meet Renata and Vitek there since we could just walk. But it didn’t seem like a good idea to walk 20 minutes on snow-covered cobblestone … so we took a page from the working woman’s playbook and put on our running shoes to walk over 🙂

When we arrived at the ball a drum group was performing on the dance floor. They were followed a dance troop of teenagers in some (what I assumed was) traditional dress.

me, Jess, Renata and Vitek

After that they had a ceremony portion where each student was called up on the stage and given a sash. I’m going to be honest and say I zoned out during this 45 minutes because I didn’t know any of the students nor understood any of the words being said on the stage. And by “zoned out” what I actually mean is “drank wine.”

Once that portion of the night was over the party got started. There were two lives bands that played. One played more formal dancing music, like this:

And the other band, much to my delight, played a lot of English pop music like Abba (lots of them, they LOVE Abba in the Czech Republic), “Celebration,” “Billy Jean,” and other classic gems like “Ghostbusters!” – please see video below if you don’t believe me. Also, please don’t mind my “singing along” to the song, what can I say? I owned that cassette tape as a kid. Or maybe I owned the record, I can’t quite remember…

At midnight some of the students performed a “midnight surprise,” basically some gag skits/dances. They were really funny, one involved a bunch of boys in full nun habits mocking “Sister Act” and then stripping down to boxers and shorts by the end of the dance. I do have a video of that, but Vitek told me “it must not cross the Czech border.” I’m assuming that means even virtually haha.

The night was a blast, and we felt so fancy being at a ball in the Granhotel Pupp, never mind that we were two random Americans at a high school prom. We ended the night in the Becher’s Bar portion of the hotel, and luckily got a ride home from our friends so we didn’t have to trek back in our heels or running shoes 🙂

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