Day 7 - a Czech school visit and more celebrations

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

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Monday, December 5, 2011

This morning I woke up a bit upset and missing home. The whole thing with me sitting around trying to entertain myself while everyone spoke Czech was making me miss home even more.

I had breakfast, got ready and then Jitka said I could come to school early with her as we were going in for an English lesson later. I got ready quickly and was glad I was going to get to spend some time with Jitka. She is 34 so closest to my age and speaks english :).

We parked the car and walked towards the town square in Baroune, Jitka then realized we had forgotten to pay for parking. We rushed back to the car and Jitka explained that if you haven't paid for parking, the people who come to check will immediately put a shoe on one of the tires of your car and you will have to pay a huge fine. Jitka was also saying that they target the cars with Prague number plates as they don't like them around the countryside.

Jitka then took me to an English book shop which she was quite fond of. I bought myself a Czech based children's book translated in English about a famous Czech character. I also bought a novel to keep me occupied when all of the family are speaking Czech!

On the way back to the car we stopped into a small supermarket to get some snacks. We got a cheese crossiant, a chocolate crossiant and a pastry tart thing with cottage cheese and some sort of spiced marmalade. All of the cakes ranged from 25cents and $1 Australian!! They were all of decent size too.

We then went to Jitka's school and I sat about for a bit while she had some classes, then another teacher there who spoke English took me to lunch with her. It was like a big lunch room and everyone had pre paid. Jitka gave me her pass for the day as she didn't have time to have lunch there. When we went in I grabbed a tray, some cutlery and then walked over to this little window where they gave me a bowl of soup, some pasta stuff, some cabbage and a vanilla cream dessert in a little packaged container. The food was very average and apparently is pre-made and distributed to schools, kindergartens etc. I also found a hair in my pasta stuff! Eww.

Soon after Baba arrived and then it was time for us to go to a class to speak to them about Australia. They were 18-19 year olds and were asking me about Australian night life, asking me if I had seen Prague clubs and inviting me out lol. We then had another class for 45 minutes which was Jitka's. One of the students was shocked when they heard I didn't speak Czech and could only speak English! They also thought I was 16 which made me a bit sad :(.

After the lesson was over we headed back and stopped by the kindergarten to pick up Hamuldi. We then went back to the house and Marketa was there with Emma and Alma. We sat around the table for a bit and ate lots of bits and pieces. It was so hard to say no to food when it looked so good and I wanted to try all the new things I hadn't had before!

I asked Baba why I call her "Baba" and she said it started with Daniel when he was young she started him with Babitchka, he then turned it into Babi, then Baba. So of course as his little sister I followed :p.

Later on in the evening some of Jitka's students came dressed up as Saint Nicholas, a devil and an angel. The students asked the kids of they had been behaving themselves. The kids then sing Saint Nicholas a song and each gave the kids some treats. Baba and I also received treats from the other relatives. The kids were so excited and it made me think of ways how I could celebrate something like that in Australia one day when I have kids :p.

It was a bit sad to say goodbye to Jitka and the kids as I had grown a bit attached to then while staying there. We will see them all again soon though :).

Marketa took us back to the flat in Prague... Let's say it was an eventful journey. Its still weird driving on the right side of the road but on the freeway we were going 140km/h and I think that must have been the speed limit!! On the back side roads we were going 100, where there were no lines on the road and it was pitch black without the headlights of the car! Oncoming traffic was getting so close to us too. Baba and I both felt car sick and when we got back were feeling a bit shaken up lol.

I'm back at the flat now resting, nibbling on chocolates and trying to rest my very full tummy lol. I feel there might be a couple extra kilos there already. What's worse than Christmas season for weight gain... Christmas season during winter and visiting a different country! :p.
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David on

Did you take up the offers to go out with people your age?

malinda.egg on

Nah they looked a bit druggyish and didn't trust the idea of drinking around them lol. Plus they're all in Beroun, outside of Prague.

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