Prague Episode 1

Trip Start May 15, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Sunday, May 25, 2008

May 15 2008

            So the flight was not too bad, it was somewhat close when I got to Dublin (about 20 Minuets to spare) because I wanted to make sure my bags got through.  I did not have to re-check them, but I went to the Czech Air counter to make sure that they got them.  I arrived in Prague about 230PM local time and my driver was a few minuets late but not to bad.  His English was ok and he was young so we talked about Metallica and Nirvana.  There was a very pretty girl waiting at the exit of the customs who came up to me and asked me if she had seen a tall American boy on the flight ( I had hope that she was my driver).  It was her American boyfriend that she was waiting eagerly for (she had really dressed up for the event and had all kinds of presents for him).  I am getting the feeling that this happens a lot over here.  Even though the women (and the men for that matter) and not very enthused about the U.S. Government's policies, the women seem to like the American men very much.  (wooooo hooo number 1).......the driver gave me a packet from the school that had my apartment keys, A metro pass, and a few other papers in it and took me to the apartment.  When I got there, there was no one there but I could tell that I had two other roommates.  I assumed they we at the store or something.  The place was roomy and had two bedrooms, a living room, separate toilet and shower rooms,  a washer, but not dryer, and four channels of Czech TV.  My room was actually the living room, which was fine because they had separated one side with furniture for privacy (like I'm gona care after 3 local beers).
            My roommates finally arrive and I was glad that they knew I was coming or that might have been spooked them a bit.  One was an older woman (about 55, haha that's old to me) named Maria from Australia. She worked in the Aus. Government for years and had divorced her husband and decided to travel.  She is done with the course and will most likely move out this week for a job in Italy.  My second roommate was a 23 year old blond girl from Canada who just graduated from college named Anneta.  She is quite an attractive girl (wooo hooo  number 2) and she is also a socialist so of course we have had a lot to talk about.  They both seem nice and are fairly clean.  Thus far, we have got along quite well, although Maria is never around because she is about to leave and wants to see as much of the city as she can. 
            Anetta and I went out the first night (Thursday) to the Old Town Square, which is the touristy part of the city, but is really neat.  Friday, we had orientation for a few hours at the school and got a tour.  The school itself is mostly American teachers and administrators and they are quite organized and helpful.  We were supposed to do a city tour with this guy from Texas but it was raining so we just went to a bar and picked his brains about how the city works, and what to do and not to do.  We went home quite early Friday and went to bed. 
            This whole time I have been trying to get a cell phone and finally got one yesterday morning.  It is about 75 cents a minuet to call, and free to receive calls (but the caller has to pay and I don't know how much that is).  That is about half of what it cost to roam on Verizon's network if you have a world phone.
            Last night we went out with all of our fellow classmates (about ten of them) and went to a bunch of bars.  There is 5 or 6 Americans 2 Canadians, 1 aussie, and a Czech girl.  Needless to say they are quite a mix for personalities and experiences ( it would take a week to explain them all)  but the one thing in common is that we all are the type to just pick up and go travel for no good reason (and many of them have been for years).  The age range is about 23-33.
            After we went out last night everyone was on there way home at about 1130 (because public transportation basically stops at midnight even on the weekends except for cabs which cost about as much here as they would in NYC or Washington).   The aussie guy invited everyone to go out to this to this huge club which is the largest in Europe. However, it ended up just being me, him and his buddy form Japan.  The place was Huge!  It had five stories with three different rooms on each floor and a bunch of side rooms all with different bars and music types.      At one point I got separated from them (which could happen easily in this place), so I just found a cab drive that spoke English and made my way home.
            There are a lot of English, German, and to a lesser extent Americans here, and the rest are mostly Czech.  When I arrived, Maria told me that the people could be described in one way.  The men are quite ugly and the women and quite beautiful.  ( quadruple Wooo hooo)  I thought she was just being dramatic, but I have found this to be amazingly true.  Everyone of them is in good shape.  (woo hoo number 5).   It would take years to explain it all.
             Most of the young people here speak some English and a few speak quite good English.  Almost none of the older people speak English, because they we taught Russian or German.  People are generally friendly and helpful, especially the younger people.  Most of the old people were so brain washed by the Commies that they still adhere to a more authoritarian lifestyle.   It is really like any other European city.  If you did not know you were in Eastern Europe you probably would not even be able to tell the difference (except for the abundance of supermodels walking around).  Well there you have it.  I am sure I will have much more to write about but I have to get my homework done (at the last minuet, as is my custom).  Again, the best way to reach me is email and Skype when I am online.  My mom has my phone number for emergencies and once I get my charger I should have it on all the time, but won't use it to much as it is still expensive.........  Mr. and Mrs. E, Jeff, James and Jon could all find a wife here in a few hours, so if you decide they are getting told old to be unattached  just send them here.  - Justin
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