Day 25 - discovering a bit of Baba's childhood
Trip Start Nov 29, 2011
41Trip End Jan 28, 2012
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We walked around the corner from the flat and caught a tram which would take us straight to Strasnice. We got off in front of the crematorium where Baba's family plot is kept. We wandered about for a bit to find the plot and couldn't find it. We then went and asked in the office and they told us where it was, which was right next to where we were. There were two plots which both contained the urns of many of the family members. The left one had Baba's mother, father and her father's sister and the right one had Baba's grandparents urns within. The headstones didn't have much detail upon them, only about two names on each. We left the poinsettia plant on Baba's parent's plot stone. Baba's father had died 1 year before she left the Czech Republic and Baba said if had still been alive around the time she would have stayed. Baba's mother died 5 years after she left.
After seeing the family plot we caught a different train further into the area of Strasnice to find the house Baba grew up in. We got off by a metro station and a lot of old and new buildings mixed together. Close by was the primary school Baba attended. It had been a place for soldiers during the war and was now a music school.
We went across the road from the school over to a suburban area. Baba said there used to be a large field between her house and school. Baba said one day she had taken a while getting home. Baba's mother went looking for her to find her picking flowers in the field and then smacked her all the way home. Baba laughed about the memory of that day.
We wandered about for some time searching for Baba's parent's old place. It was difficult because it had changed so much from how Baba had remembered and she had only been there once since, 8 years ago. We saw some police officers outside a police station do Baba asked for directions from them. They were unsure so led us into the station where some other police officers tried to help. I stood there blankly because they all spoke Czech. The police officers looked at me strangely and Baba explained I don't speak Czech. The police officers were a bit unsure and pointed to us a direction to follow. Because Baba was the only one that took in any directions, it was tricky to find the place still.
We ended up at a main road which was too far so we wandered through the suburban area some more. Baba was about to give up when she noticed a familiar house on the opposite side of the road to where we were walking. A minute later we realized the house next to us was actually the house we were looking for. It was a large square house with 2 floors an an attic with 3 rooms. I tried to hold my camera over the large fence out the front, so we could see. Baba told me the attic was her hangout when she was younger as she was the oldest of her siblings (she has 2 sisters).
We wandered down the street from the house and then saw the secondary school Baba attended. We then got on the bus close by and went to the metro station. In the station was a bakery we bought some more kolace from. I got a strawberry one to try and chomped on it while we caught the metro. It was alright but my favourite so far was a blueberry one :) mmm.
We changed over metros by the museum at the top of Wenceslas square and then caught a bus from the second metro. I got a cous cous salad to eat for dinner and I wanted to pop into the chemist close by to see if the had scales to see how much weight I had gained. The door wouldn't open and we realized it was the minute of silence for Vaclav Havel (12pm). Buses were still running and ours came so we quickly and quietly hurried on over to it.
When we got back to the flat Iayed down on my bed fully clothed, makeup on my face and my hair done up on a bun. About 2 hours later maybe, I started to wake as Baba was rustling something then she started to talk to me. I was do zombie like I probably ignored her and fell back to sleep for about another hour.
When I awoke I felt super hot so stripped off and laid with the window open above my bed. I then got up and went past the mirror, noticing my hair and makeup were still exactly the same and my cheeks just probably looked a bit rosier lol.
I then sat around and ate some cous cous and kolace. I watched with Baba the funeral of Vaclav Havel on tv which was at the Charles castle cathedral. Bill and Hillary Clinton were both there. After that ceremony they were having a private one at the same crematorium we went to today which is why we had to go early.
We then started to tidy up the flat and pack up as much as we could. I found some chemicals, no idea what each of them were but I used them to wipe down the bathroom. Baba tidied the kitchen and together we tidied up the whole table which was covered in souvenirs just days ago.
After this we sat about and rested and I had a shower and went and laid in bed, at about 8:30pm.
Tomorrow morning we are going to Hyskov for Christmas Eve celebrations with the family.