Czech sausage and a club called Stonx

Trip Start Sep 14, 2005
Trip End May 2006

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Monday, January 2, 2006

Sheils knew how excited I was to see her, so for kicks she decided to make me wait an extra 2 hours for her in Prague's arrivals terminal, with wilting roses in my hand. Ok, she didn't do it on purpose, and I was just as excited to see her despite my aching back and glazed eyes. I was kept entertainted by the festive "Love Actually" reunions all around me: toddlers and grandparents; best friends; young couples; even a dog and an owner!
Sheils and I had a full day together before Julia arrived from Barcelona, and I only let her nap for one hour of it! We explored the town a little and watched National Geographic and Extreme Sports on our T.V. Jules spent her first night in our first (slightly ghetto) apartment, and the next morning we all trudged and bumped our way down three cobblestone blocks to our second place on Wenceslas Square.
Because Catherine didn't arrive until Christmas Eve, the three of us decided to 'festivize' our apartment before she joined us. A bargain store called "Bankrot" pulled through for us, as we got candles, wrapping paper, a vase, 12 ornaments, and a 2ft plastic Christmas tree for under $20! Yahoo for a budget Christmas when Mommy and Daddy arn't around to make it cushy. But our tree certainly had character!
Met Catherine at the airport on the afternoon of Christmas Eve. We kept her awake just long enough for a dinner on the Old Sqare (under scorching hot, 6ft high, gas lanterns) and for Cath and Jules to entertain Sheils' and my need to act out our family Xmas Eve tradition of hiding one small present for each person to find and open before going to bed. Mom and Dad had thoughtfully sent along the pressies for this one!
Had a cozy Christmas morning, complete with hot chocolate, tangerines in Pam's smelly socks, and a number of beautiful scarves as gifts. While we didn't get snow on Christmas day, it WAS sunny, which is a lot to ask for in the northern hemisphere in December, so we all went for a long and lovely walk. And while we didn't dare attempt cooking ourselves a turkey (didn't want to risk having to eat at McD's when we set our bird on fire), my Grannie WOULD be proud of the wholesome and homecooked meal that we put together.... though of course I desperately missed her mashed potates and gravey!
Spent the next few days exploring more of Prague, including exotic destinations such as 'H and M', 'Mexx', and the cinema to see King King and Harry Potter! No, well we also went to the National Museum, the Museum of Communism, did a complete tour of the Prague castle grounds, and climbed the Telecomunications Tower for a great view of the city. Our night entertainment ranged from a somewhat painful (though exceedingly humorous) best-of-musicals concert, a self-designed/directed tour of some of Prague's breweries/pubs (highlight was coffee beer!), and a quick stop at 'Eastern Europe's biggest dance floor' at Stonx (a club that offered free cover and a free drink to ladies just to enter; of course we did, only to find an empty dance floor and painfully sweet florescent green drinks).
While dear Jules had to leave us on the 29th, thr four of us were together for a full week of giddy girly fun and festivities. It meant a lot to me to see SOME of my family over Christmas, and it was an extra treat to also have the company of two very good friends. Thanks ladies, for making the trip. Slammy misses you and says hello! =)

In other news, for those who have kept reading (thanks) and have been following the fate of dear Reggie, the Zambian wooden giraffe.......
He made it home safe thanks to Mike Tarr who rescued him from the clutches of the Schiphol airport staff and took him all the way to Stratford, ON for me! Merci encore mon ami!
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