Day 6 - time with family and a Czech castle

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

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Sunday, December 4, 2011

Today I woke up on 4 and a half hours sleep :(. I woke up and layed in bed for a minute or two, looked at the time and it was 3:33. My body seriously has the most accurate alarm clock... But for the wrong time! :(

When I got up I tried to caption all my Facebook photos and Baba was telling me how I was attached to my phone etc... But it's my only source of communication with other English speaking people really!

I then had a banana and some yoghurt with crunchy chocolate wafers in it. It was interesting but yum. I watched some tv with the boys who are really starting to warm up to me which is good. They were both cuddling up to me on the couch.

We then went downstairs and I made some more Lego things with Hamuld. I'm starting to hate Lego though lol. Hamuld speaks to me in Czech and I speak to him in English. He understands a bit of English but we both end up a bit confused lol.

We were going to go to a castle in the morning but decided to go in the afternoon instead. We were going to go for a walk and all put on our many layers but it then started to rain outside. I was looking forward to getting some fresh air and seeing more of the countryside.

Instead the boys watched Some kiddie movies in Czech and the adults all say around the table and had a conversation in Czech. I felt a little lost so played around with my phone a bit. I felt rude being on my phone but it's hard when I can't understand anything else going on around me :(.

Big Jitka made us all lunch, which was pea soup first and then huge chicken schnitzels with two huge potatoes each, so I gave half of mine to Baba!

A bit after lunch we then headed to Karlstejn, not too far from where we are staying. At Karlstejn, we walked the 2.5km uphill with the two young boys to the castle. The castle was right on the edge of a cliff pretty much! Along the way to the castle, there were little shops and restaurants along the street. U ended up buying one of those silly beanies with the handy side bits and Pom poms on the strings and one in top. Also along the way I was teaching Hamuld to count in English, so everytime we saw some posts, he'd start counting them with in English.

After some time we arrived at the castle, from the walls, there were lovely views of the little village below. Baba and I went inside the castle on an English tour. The king of bohemia lived there and we learnt about his four wives and his two sons. There was still some original interior decorations. The tour was quite interesting and some of the jewels were quite amazing. There was a solid gold crown with something like 26 different precious stones and 20 of the largest pearls that exist.

Afterwards we headed back down the hill, on the way we saw a museum of bethlahem which was many nativity scenes made from various things and some scenes were mechanically operated. The kids loved seeing all of these things and there was also a lady making little animals out of salt dough, showing us how to make spikes by cutting onto the dough with a small pair of nail scissors. Afterwards we went back to the car and finished our 5km hike :p.

When we got back to the house Big Jitka had made us dinner which was potato pancakes. They were like really thin hash browns with different herbs and spices.

After dinner, I sat down in the lounge room and the boys were clinging to me so I was tickling them and mucking about with them a bit. Hamuld now wants me to go everywhere he does and all day wanted to hold my hand. It's kind of cute but sad this is my family and I won't be seeing them again for some time probably.

Tomorrow Baba and I are going to small Jitka's school where she teaches nursing students English. Apparently the students will have prepared questions for us about Australia.

I do love being here in Prague but I keep counting down the days till I get to trek around Asia with Ryan. Someone I'm used to being around every day, has similar interests and who speaks to me in English where conversations are two way :p. Feeling very tired and a bit homesick.
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