We can't stop here, this is bat country!
Trip Start Sep 17, 2006
11Trip End Dec 23, 2006
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On Tuesday, I had class all morning and then went grocery shopping (finally). A girl can't live on Nutella and spready cheese alone. I bought some ramen and some Tabasco and then went home to prepare for the American presentation at this week's Nation to Nation party. This week it was at a club called Exit, and in case you are wondering from previous entries, I didn't get lost coming home from this one. Its about damn time. It would have been nearly impossible for me to get lost coming home because it is practically across the street. I came home relatively early, you know, like 12:30 or so.
On Wednesday, I went on a bob sled track and thought I was going to die. It may be the least safe thing I have ever been on, and I did ride the original Twister roller coaster at Elitch Gardens. I went on 3 runs and on the last I was clocked at 48 kilometers an hour. Someone told me that is around 30 mph, though he isn't the most reliable source. After the bob sledding, I went to Vysehrad, which is a very lovely basilica and there is a park surrounding it with a cemetery that is only for famous Czech people. I didn't see any names there that I recognized, but it was possibly the most beautiful cemetery I have ever been in. After that I went to a sushi dinner in Old Town (yes, sushi) with Meghan and Kristen
On Thursday I went to a fantastic rock/reggae/punk club, drank way too much, made another late night McDonalds run, and was followed home by a very hopeful 17 year old. Poor kid, he really thought he was going to come home with us, and I don't have a litter box or a leash or anything here. I wasn't planning on going out that night, but I realized that I was going to have to register for classes soon and was looking at the schedule and had a minor nervous breakdown over it. I have to take certain classes next semester, and if I take them, I will have to drop one or both of my jobs. Someone tell me how to pay rent with no job? Anyway after I stopped hyperventilating (not really) I got all pretty and went out to drown my sorrows in absinthe and beer. I got home at about 4am and had to be at Churchill Square at 9 am to meet the bus to go to Moravia. Instead of packing or simply going to bed, I thought it would be good to get online and write some e mails. This is the equivalent of drunk dialing by the way. I finally went to bed and set the alarm so that I would get a whopping 3 hours of sleep, because as I have already mentioned, I had yet to pack.
There was lots of confusion surrounding the actual departure time on Friday morning, so I got up an hour early and we sent a guinea pig down to the square to see if the rest of us needed to be there. The answer was no, but Meghan and Kristen thought it would be really fun to mess with me that morning
We finally arrived at the Punkva Caves at 1pm and our tour began immediately
After the walking part, there are boats that you get into and then you see the rest of the caves by boat. All the while, to ceiling is dripping on you and the people you are with keep threatening to suck your blood. Kristen, Meg, and I decided that we should have a theme day that day in all of our picture, and the theme was "amazed." So all we did all day long was take pictures of each other pointing at things and making faces. Brilliant. I have the funniest pictures of that day.
Anyway, after the caves we got back on the bus for what we all thought was a short ride to the winery where we would be staying. It was like an hour and a half, and again, there were some very uncomfortable people who didn't use the facilities before we left the cave area. At the winery it wasn't that there weren't enough beds for everyone, it was just that 8 of them were located above the wine cellar that we would be having dinner and drinks later that night. I was one of the chosen few. They truly were the sweetest digs too. We only had to share a bathroom between the 7 of us instead of sharing it with 20 other people, and we got to sleep two to a room instead of 4. The best part of all was that stumbling home and into bed was only a few stairs as opposed to the 1/2 mile all the other suckas had to trek. The wine was great, the food was fantastic, the people were fun, there was an accordion player and who doesn't love a good polka? I bet I would have loved it even more if I actually knew how to polka. It looks like its just a lot of bouncing around. The next day, we got on the bus and our guide Jana said "I hope you are feeling better than I am this morning, I have decided that instead of climbing all the stairs in the cathedral, you are getting free time. Go to the cathedral on your own of you want." With those words, everyone on the bus breathed a sigh of relief. Who wants to climb hundreds of stairs that hung over? After free time, we went to the most incredible castle I have ever seen. The grounds were well groomed, the place was kept up well, and inside were the most intricate and beautiful carvings I have ever seen. The staircases, the doorways, the windows, the everything it seemed was carved so delicately. We didn't have to try as hard to look amazed in the pictures today. After a tour of the inside, we all went into the greenhouse and that was just cool. There were over 250 types of exotic plants in there. After the greenhouse, there was more free time for lunch, and then back on the bus for the trip home. We arrived home and Meg and I watched a movie and went to bed.
Sunday I got up and decided that I would wander aimlessly around town until it was time to meet Meghan, Kristen and Laraine for breakfast at Bohemia Bagel. I walked for about two hours and it was great. It was my favorite kind of morning, grey and overcast, a little chilly and foggy. I bought my first souvenir on Sunday morning. It is a print made from a metal engraving, it is done in sepia and it is a picture of the tower at the end of the Charles Bridge with Prague Caslte and St. Vitus Cathedral in the background on the horizon. So very cool. In the evening on Sunday, I went to another Hockey game, this time with a huge group of people, and there was no riot. Sparta killed the other team, it was 6-1. Jedene Sparta Jedene! Or something like that I think... Today I have class in about an hour and did my laundry this morning at the "Cyber Laundromat." I love them for their dryers, what can I say.