Day 9: (Friday) "Meeting the Czechs"
Trip Start Jun 20, 2007
34Trip End Jul 04, 2007
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Friday morning held a lot of promise as we anticipated the new teens that would enter our group. It was the last day of school for these Czech kids, so our plan was to start singing @ 8:45 in order to entice them and capture their interest. According to Bahunka, the woman who works at the school and helped to coordinate our relationship with the Czech bridge builders, there are only a few committed bridge builders at this time. Our hope was that this program that we created would bring them in and introduce them to Atlantic Bridge.
The program also included a simple explanation of "The Prodigal Son" (The Czech kids had first encountered this story when they visited the Dutch kids a few weeks ago, so they were familiar with it .) Then we had small group time. In the small groups we talked about Love in the home. Each group had Americans, Dutch, and Czech kids, and our goal was to share about our lives while naturally incorporating our faith.
The next part of the day included workshops. Dan and Jeff taught a Music workshop, and Mrs. D Rad. (Debbie Radvany for those of you who didn't know the kids call her that) taught a volleyball workshop (with just a little help from Nate). I helped Nina (the Czech intern.) with a painting workshop where I got to know Kelly better. She shared her artistic skills with all of us.
In the afternoon we were led on a discovery tour of Jicin. The bridge builders made a kind of scavenger hunt for us. We had to find important town monuments, which allowed us to see much of the town center. Nate, Will, and I climbed 152 steps to the top the large clock tower that distinctively marks the center of town. We also were able to view an incredible chapel with some of the most beautifully ornate wall designs.
After getting back from our tour there wasn't much time before we were whisked away to a new host family's house for the evening meal. Dan Hanes, Kelly, Rhea (Dutch), and I were taken to Teresa's house. We were quite lucky because she lives in a beautiful village, and her dad is a chef. We ate chicken with a peach and cheese, which was served with French fries. It was amazing!!!! Theresa is really into hip-hop dancing, so she showed her some of her dancing videos. Her mom didn't speak much English at all, and her dad understood English, but didn't feel quite comfortable speaking it. Despite the language barriers, we had a great time sitting down at the table and sharing a meal with some new friends.
--Submitted by Heidi