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Trip End Dec 23, 2006

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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Hey friends, this week was boring again. I spent a lot of it hanging out with myself as Meghan's mom was in town, so they spent a bunch of time together, and Kristen went to Greece. I lot of the people who stayed in town this weekend (which wasn't many) had tests this week and spend a lot of time studying. Jerks, putting their scholastic needs ahead of my good times... Anyway, I spent a lot of time on my computer watching movies and whatnot, and in the day, I walked around a lot. I thought I would do my normal wander aimlessly thing in town, but it was so cold here this weekend. I ended up going to a couple of museums.

Emily this week had some friends stay in our room with us. That was... ummm, MISERABLE. These rooms are almost too small for two people, let alone 4 girls and all their crap. I absolutely didn't want to be at home this weekend. I came on this trip to learn things about myself, this week's lesson is I LIKE MY PERSONAL SPACE! I also like to be alone in my personal space, and I don't want a stranger's crap all up in my personal space. My mess is fine with me, but when someone else's mess invades, its war baby! By the end, I was just kicking their things out of my way, throwing their things off of mine, and generally disrespecting their possessions the same way that they disrespected mine. The arrived on Friday, and from then on my weekend went as follows:

On Friday, I got up around 9 am and took my sweet time getting ready to go out, because I had the time to spare. I left the dorms around 11 am and headed downtown for some aimless wandering. What I found was the National Museum which I had seen a thousand times, but never went in. Well, this weekend, it was time. I purchased my $2 ticket and went in to see priceless ancient things like skulls of Neandertals, Austraopithecines, and other pre-historic peoples. There was the coolest caveman exhibit there, and I wandered through it for hours. There was jewelry and pots and weapons and all kinds of things that made the little historian in me go "Hmmmm." Good day.

That night I went out with Taylor, Victor, Ken, and Allen. We just went to a little bar where we had a few drinks and hung out. We started the night with a little "pre-game" at Juve, then headed to the bars. We had a low key, not too intoxicated, friendly good time. It reminded me a lot of home. Hanging with the Rastas somewhere and talking smack and generally having a good time. Anyway, on the way home, there strange British punk rocker people who were straight out of a Clash video asked us for directions. We ended up telling the foulest jokes in the street at like 3 am. It was so fun. When we got on the tram, Victor, Ken, Allen and I decided that we wanted some street meat, and got off at Wenceslas to hit up the ever-open hot dog stands. The best one is closest to the tram stop. We each got a hot dog, and then a fried cheese sandwich to share, which Allen promptly dropped on the ground. We got home at about 4 am. Good times were had by all.

On Saturday, I got up around 9:30 to meet my teacher on a "field trip" to some old church that now houses religious paintings and the like. Very cool. I saw some really amazing work. After that, I went with Meg and her Mom and Aunts to Josefov and then lunch. I had the most amazing goulas I have ever had. It was soooooo good. It came with these mushroom dumplings (usually they're made from potatoes). After that, we did a little shopping and I went home. When I got there, no one was home, so I relished the time I had by taking a nap. They came home and woke me up at 7, and I made myself some dinner. I think that I stayed in on Saturday night. Emily (my room mate, the real one, not a visitor) took her friends out to clubs and stuff, so I had the place to myself again. I took advantage of this time to play on the Internet for the next like 4 hours. It was nice, in a sad, lonely, pathetic sort of way. But that is just how I roll I guess.

On Sunday, I slept in until like noon. I got up and got my favorite breakfast from Bohemia Bagel, "Chef Glenda's Morning Special." It includes two eggs over easy, hash browns, three strips of bacon, and a mini bagel. I like to do the Huck Finn thing and mix it all up into a disgusting blob, then I douse it in Tabasco and shovel the mess into my mouth. Washing it down with Fanta that comes with as many free refills as I can drink. By the way dad, I am putting in my request now for my first morning back breakfast; blueberry pancakes with real maple syrup and bacon, maybe an egg too, and cran-raspberry juice. I miss normal breakfast foods.

After breakfast I decided to go up to the Castle. When I went on my first day here, I wasn't entirely here. I think that I packed part of my ability of comprehension in the bags that were left in Detroit for two days. This time I was much more coherent. I went inside St. Vitus Cathedral, I walked around the courtyard. I took the stairs to the square instead of the path. I found the castle's museum. I went in and saw small scale models of what the castle looked like going back like a thousand years. The castle isn't that old, but there has always been stuff on that hill. That is where Prague was founded, originally, it was a fortress. Other than the models, there was (drum roll please...) The CROWN JEWELS!! How cool is that? I saw the crown of Bohemia, and the Sword of St. Wenceslas, and... and... well lots of things. Except for the scepter and orb. They were on loan to a museum in Brno. (Brno is in Moravia, where we had the wine.) After that it was dark, so I headed home. I was walking down the most beautiful little street with the most amazing view of the city at night, and when I went to take a picture discovered that my camera was dead. Oh well, I will always have my memories! Hopefully....

Yesterday I sat in my room until it was time for me to go to class at 4 pm with the intention of writing my blog, but clearly that never came to fruition. In the evening, I went to Don Vito's and got something other than lasagna, I got the Hawaiian Pizza. It was good. After dinner, Kristen and I met up with Jen Smith, Ula, and Marilu to go to the movies. We saw the new Leonardo DeCaprio flick (since the title is in Czech here, I have no idea what it is called. I am sure you know the one I am talking about. If you don't, a title wouldn't have done any good anyway). It was fabulous. There is a point like 10 minutes before it ends that you're just sitting there thinking "Now that was gratuitous..." But in my opinion, it ends the way it should. I have a new found Leo crush that I haven't experienced since "Titanic" I feel like I am 13 again, but I have come to terms with that and so should you. All of you who are laughing right now, just watch the movie and you will see what I mean. I case any of you were wondering, it was shown in English with Czech subtitles, its not like I have gotten that far with my Czech. "Jeden pivo prosim" is about as good as it gets for me.

Today I had class all day, and then went grocery shopping with Meg. I think I am going to make some very tasty ramen noodles directly in fact. Take that! What are you eating? Pot roast it for people who... who... have kitchens and stuff...
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