Day 10: (Saturday) "Just a little walk...."
Trip Start Jun 20, 2007
34Trip End Jul 04, 2007
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If you're thinking, "Wow, they sound busy," you're right! Saturday began with a program that was similar to Friday's program. Today's focus was "Love outside your home". We read "The Good Samaritan" in a modern format. Our version included an American (Jeff), a Dutch girl (Heidi), a Czech guy (Michael), and a German (Idwer). Amy was the girl who was robbed, and will was the donkey. In our small groups we talked about when it's important to love someone. Many of the groups came to the conclusion that we need to love people all the time, even when it's hard.
After a little free time we were told to prepare for a bus tour of Bohemian Paradise. We were told that we should wear sneakers and bring water because we will have a little walk through the woods. Little did we know that we would be dropped off in a mountainous national park with the most beautiful rock sculptures we've ever seen. We not quite prepared for the four-mile hike that would ensue, so it caused a little grief initially. Once we got going though it was well worth the effort; Kelly even braved the trail in her flip-flops!
After the hike we were taken to a BBQ at Teresa's house. Her parents graciously agreed to hose all of us for a traditional Czech BBQ. We had no idea that meant at least five courses of food! Initially we were able to cook our own "hot dogs" over an open fire pit. Then we were served chicken, followed by pork, and kabobs. We were also served non-alcoholic beer because the Czechs said that traditional Czech BBQ needs to be served with something slightly bitter. Most of the kids preferred water. The BBQ definitely lasted longer than most American events. After our long hike most of the kids were very ready to get back to the school for some rest., even though once we got there only a few went right to bed.
The day was full of unexpected surprises, and I'm sure we'll never forget the sights we saw and the foods we tasted.
--Submitted by Heidi