Day 4 - Prague

Trip Start Nov 29, 2011
Trip End Jan 28, 2012

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Friday, December 2, 2011

Early this morning I finally got to kind of speak with Ryan a bit through some facebook messages. It made me so happy to hear from him I got a bit teary. I wish I could have all my friends and family here with me!

I went to wash my hair and Baba mentioned that it's actually a sit down shower. I get it now! seems a bit gross though. I ended up spraying water straight into my ear... Hopefully I get the hang of it soon!

For breakfast today I had some apple cake/pie and yoghurt again. The yoghurt i had was hazelnut flavoured with chopped hazelnuts within, i think it's a big thibg here! I'm starting to think I'm going to come back a few kilos heavier though! Thinking about trying to fight it by running up and down the stairs to our apartment building each day lol. I need a bikini body for Asia! It can't be white AND lumpy :p. Plus I don't want Ryan to think he maybe should have picked up a new girl while I was gone lol.

Today was set to be 7 degrees celcius so I didn't take my big cost with me but I was wearing 10 layers bit including underwear and shoes. I got so hot and felt so dizzy being dressed in the apartment, so stuck my head out the window for a bit and then hurried outside to be in the cool air.

It was such a sunny day and all the shades of brown, orange and cream were lit up everywhere. The scenery by the river looked like some beautiful painting.

We first headed to the Vietnamese consulate to sort out my visa. On the way we had to catch a bus and rhe underground metro, i was on the bus and Baba was discussing directions with someone else in Czech. We stopped somewher and when I turned around and Baba wasnt there anymore. Then i saw a red haired lady walking outside by the bus. Baba got off but didnt tell me and i had no idea what sge was talking about in Czech. I think id be pretty lost wothout her Czech speaking abilities lol. When we eventually got to the vietnamese consulate, it was so busy in there and made me feel like I was already in Vietnam! Baba and I were the only non Vietnamese people in the building. It was difficult to communicate with the person at the counter as he only really spoke Vietnamese with a bit of Czech, so Baba had to translate for us. The visa only cost about $60, where it was going to cost me $120 in Australia. Unfortunately Ryan does have to pay that price! Note to Ryan: I hope you have put in your forms and passport for the visa!!! So I pick up my passport with the visa next Friday. It just means I can't leave Prague until after then.

After we had sorted out the visa, we went to a little deli for lunch where we had what is called a topped up bread or something in translation from czech. It was like an open sandwich pretty much, with only one piece of bread. I tried some with salmon, some with crab and some with salami. I wasn't such a fan but Baba was very excited to get some. She said it was a big thing to make around new years. After we ate our lunch Baba bought some cakes, one which she was talking about and is named something like a baby's coffin. It's a long egg yolk made pasty with a lemony custard inside.

Each person in Czech republic usually has a set name, each name has a celebration on a specific day of the year. Saturday is the day for 'Jitka' and we have two of them in the family (mother and daughter) do we went to find some gifts for them. It is also my half cousin Jitka's son, Hamuld's birthday on the weekend do we went to find him a present.

On top of these celebrations this weekend is where there is some tradition with Saint Nicholas, an angel and a devil. It is in the lead up to Christmas. I'm still a bit unsure about the story but will ask my half cousin more about it tomorrow. To celebrate this though children are usually given sweets.

We bought some chocolates for the kids and we already have some gingerbread Saint Nicholas men. We bought chocolates for the Jitkas and a $50 sephora gift card for my half cousin Jitka. We got Hamuld a 450 piece Lego set. I think I'm going to be more excited to play with it than him! I don't ever remember having Lego as a kid though. We found these things in a big department store which I didn't actually think they had anything like that in Prague lol. In the centre there was a Tesco, so we did a bit of shopping. Everything is so cheap! One thing, it was harder than you'd think to get a bottle of cold water.

Around different places they are beginning to sell real Christmas trees. It's really exciting and I actually get a little disappointed when I see fake Christmas trees in shops lol. For a smallish sized tree it is about $15. We even saw mini ones for about $2.

On our way home we bought some pastries at a bakery to have for dinner with some salad. Pastries are such a huge thing here and you find them everywhere, just about filled with anything.

My legs got very sore from all the waking around we did today, but it'll be nice to have a good rest tonight. I'm still trying to change my body clock and keep waking up at about 3am in the mornings.

Tomorrow we are going to have lunch out with the whole family I think. My other half cousin, Marketa, is coming too with her husband, Alex. They both speak English! Yay. It's nice to be able to speak to some other people apart from Baba sometimes.
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