Wednesday, January 05, 2022

A flat tire in Prague in summer 1991

In summer 1991, my girlfriend and I rented a car from Europcar in Paris and drove to Prague for a few days. As we arrived in the morning, we discovered we had a flat tire. After getting the car's small spare tire on, we found Europcar's Prague office, but it had only recently opened in post-Soviet Czechoslovakia and could neither fix nor replace the tire! Leaving late the next night, then, and never going faster than 80 kilometers per hour because of the small tire, we drove 300 kilometers on country roads to Nuremberg, where we got a full-sized tire in the morning and returned to Paris as planned that evening. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 5 January 2022)

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