Monday, September 26, 2011

Česká republika

It seems so surreal that I'm in the Czech Republic now. Living somewhere... a home with my own room and a family. If you'd suggested this was my future two months ago, I wouldn't have been able to contain my laughter. But, here I am.

I haven't even been here a week and I'm considering extending my stay. The family is wonderful. The two boys, Maty and Miky are sweeties. My camera's broken again - basically if I leave the battery out for a day or two it'll be good for a few photos. Maty prepared a picnic for us on my second day, filled up a picnic basket with everything we'd need (including newspaper as our picnic mats) and we set off to their summer house in Ctiboř. I'm sad I didn't manage any photos of the picnic, it was wonderful. A little lad after my own heart!

The Czech Republic is a beautiful, lush country. Things are still quite different to home though. For example, dogs can ride on buses (even on a seat). People don't really seem to smile here... overall it seems to be a pretty "cold" country - I can't interact with locals yet, so I'm not the best gauge, but you don't see people chatting away in shops as you would in NZ.

I took a day trip to České Budějovice today, mostly to see if I could handle the public transport (which all seems to run late). It was a beautiful little town with pastel coloured buildings. While I stood in the square, admiring the archeiture, I couldn't help but feel a little bit sad for my home city, Christchurch. Almost all of our heritage buildings were lost in the quake.

I'm really looking forward to this weekend! I'm going to spend three days in Prague :-) one of my favourite NZ bands is playing on Saturday, which will be a lot of fun, although I think I'm heading in alone. And I'll probably see *that* lad. Ahhhhhhh :-)

New adventures :D


Emily said...

Ooooh these photos make me want to visit! And I am so glad everything is off to a great start for you. I can't wait to see more, so I hope your camera decides to play nicely soon. Have a great time in Prague!

Sladjana said...

MY dear lady I was worried about you :) but now i'm calm.
Photos amazing as always! enjoy in Prague! :))


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Daryl said...

The photos look amazing. :) I am glad you are liking things so far! Good luck in Prague!!!!

meg fee said...

ummm...feel free to delete this if he reads the comments, but batty girl...GET YOURSELF ON THAT DATE ALREADY!! we speak as though no time has passed because that's the only way to cope. go, go, go, go is to short. you did the hardest part. the rest is icing. xo.

Perpetual Blind Date said...

These pictures are so beautiful! I had no idea the Czech Republic was so pretty! - Alyssa