Communism, Burglary, and Skeleton Decor

Trip Start Jun 02, 2011
Trip End Jul 30, 2011

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Sunday, June 19, 2011

This morning we woke up in Prague early so that we could squeeze in the rest of what we wanted to do into our schedule.  We got ready and dragged our stuff the 20 minutes through the city to our car, threw it in the trunk, and were on our way. 

Prague has an astronomical clock that goes off every hour from 9am to 9pm. When it goes off there is apparently a small show that it puts on.  We missed the show every time leading up to this morning, so we had to see it. We got to the clock at about 8:55 and waited around for it with a crowd of people. Finally, the it was 9am and the clock did its show.  It really was ridiculous - I got it on video a little bit, but was having a hard time recording and watching at the same time. Luckily, we were warned that the clock show was a disappointment, so we weren't expecting much. 

 Kelly had been told to try the hot chocolate in Prague, so after the silly clock show we stopped at a cafe for breakfast (including hot chocolate).  We're not sure if we got the right kind that people were referring to, but it was good.  After breakfast, we walked to the Museum of Communism, which is something that I really wanted to go to, and luckily Kelly and Peety were willing to tag along.  I don't generally like Museums, but I am fascinated by what life was like during Communism.  The Museum was small but good, it had a lot of items from what life was like in Czechoslovakia while it was a communist country. It also had a video that showed how bad the police treated the people during communism.  I got to buy a poster for my classroom while I was there too, so that was something else that was exciting for me. 

After the Museum of Communism, it was time to go souvenir shopping. It only took about 30 minutes, because Kelly and I aren't big shoppers and had already pretty much figured out what we wanted.  We finished with that, ate lunch and had some delicious fried cheese (healthy, huh?) and fruit dumplings,  and it was time to head back to the car.  While Peety was paying the way too expensive parking bill I went to get the GPS set up for our drive to our next location.  The GPS (I thought) was in the glove box, but I didn't see it.  I yelled to Peety to ask him where it was, and he said the glove box.  I looked again and still did not find it.  I told him no, and made a joke to Kelly that maybe it was stolen.  I proceeded to look around and still did not see it.  I then looked in a little hidden tray in the car that had a little bit of change in it.  The change was also gone.  Kelly and I then realized that the mounting bracket and the charger were also missing.  At this point we realized the car had been broken into.  Some people came in popped the door open like a locksmith would (Left a little mark that we hadn't noticed), took the GPS and the hidden change, and then locked the door behind them.  Awesome. 

Peety went to talk to the parking lot attendant, who spoke very little English. The parking lot attendant wanted to know if we wanted to call the cops, and originally we didn't, because we knew we wouldn't get the GPS back. But after a quick conversation, we decided to call the cops since the car was a little damaged.  The cops came 30 minutes after we called them, and they were not friendly at all.  2 showed up originally, and one spoke a little English.  They kept us there for 2 hours, during which time they looked at the car (and yelled at us if we got too close), they did not understand how we put our stuff in the car and did not realize that the car had been broken into, and they eventually started accusing Peety of lying and making the story up.  Why would we possibly make up the story?  The whole thing was ridiculous, and we actually got a little concerned that Peety was going to get arrested.  Eventually, they told us they looked at the security camera and no one came to the car the whole time except us so Peety must have been lying.  We're positive they just made us sit there for an hour while they pretended to look at the tapes, because we know the GPS was stolen and the car had been damaged.  

Eventually the cops told us we could go and that we would not be getting a police report unless we wanted to go to the police station and wait for hours.  By this time it was nearly 3pm, and we knew we wouldn't get anywhere so we gave up. 

While we had been dealing with the cops, Kelly walked to an information center and found a very nice lady who printed her maps and directions of where we would be going (for free).  We got back in the car and tried to decide if we could get to our next destination without a GPS, and we eventually decided to try. 

For our next trip we drove and hour Southeast of Prague to Kutna Hora.  We drove here to go to the Kostnice Ossuary, which is the place that our tour guide had told us about the day before with thousands and thousands of human bones. You can read about it here:
 We drove here and paid a very little amount to enter the Ossuary.  The place is literally filled with human bones.  Some are in huge stacks and some are arranged in decorations like chandeliers and vases. It was definitely creepy and definitely not like any place I had every been before. We took a lot of pictures and decided it was time to make our way back to Moosdorf. 

I drove for the first half of the segment while Kelly navigated.  During the time it was raining on and off and we saw a few rainbows.  Eventually we saw a serious double rainbow and we were very excited. Kelly took a ton of pictures of it.  It was definitely the highlight of our drive back, except when we finally arrived home around 11pm.    
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Mom on

What a day! I know that 3 of my favorite things are communism, burglary and skeletons! Quite an adventure!

mike on

wow. I really enjoyed the pictures of the bones. Way cool. Sorry about the car.

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