That was crazy — I had to look-up the date!!! Not sure what it is telling me . . . . so, I am in Prague. Started out a bit rough, but improves daily! I had the fuzzy’s Friday. I went out to seek ‘n search my way around and didn’t do so well. I thought for sure I had it down the second time, but that was a delusion! BUT, everyone I have asked for help has been great & has spoken some English! Life is good. But it was discouraging. I knew I was tired, but I did not realize I was THAT tired. I took a nap and early to bed. I found my courage, and tried again Saturday.
BUT, first let me tell you about my lodgings. I am staying with a young woman, Veronika, through an Airbnb.com listing. Better than a hostel and cheaper than a hotel, but with hotel+ accomodations. The flat we are in is part of a 16 flat building. This building was owned by Veronika’s grandparents at the onset of WWII. They were sitting in their flat when a bomb dropped on an adjacent building. The windows blew-out and dust & dirt everywhere. The Communists took over the building until the wars end. At that point, Veronikas family had to petition the government to get it back. They said yes — but no raising rents and you cannot kick anyone out! Fast forward — Veronika’s grandmother lives in the building, her sister & brother, and it was just about a year ago that Veronika got her flat here. Talk about bringing history home. I look out my window at the ‘newer’ building from where the bomb dropped, and I just get an eerie feeling. Prague, I have learned, somehow avoided all heavy bombing, thus, the beauty of the city has stayed in tack. Who was looking out for who?
Move up to Saturday. I was really nervous about going out — I knew what I had done wrong, but I was tired. I did quite a bit of homework on Friday evening, but my nerves were still quite rattled. Sooo, I headed out to find the train station and I made! Then I needed to get to the New Town, Wenceslas Square. I found it!! I got some confidence back on this one! I enjoyed my time going through the square, finding some gifts (I couldn’t control myself!), the post office and then to my surprise — a market! I was really excited — this is the stuff I am looking for. All homemade, Czech food & goods. How awesome is that? It gave me enough excitement that I went on to St. Charles Bridge and viewed the sights.
Then I had to come back. And to my relief, I made it home with minor trouble. I even stopped and gave myself a pastry as a reward! On Sunday, I went out again, with even greater confidence, moving on to the Old Town & the Jewish Quarter.
I am not sure if being alone is good or bad with all of this. I make all my own decisions — and when there correct, WOOOWHOOOO!!!. But then, what do you do when they are not correct?
And so I’ve learned, you really do not have ‘not correct’. You aren’t in a position to do anything, but run trials until you succeed. Your senses are taxed heavily being alone — listening, watching and feeling for everything around you. But it is worth it! I have managed through 3 days here and an evening ride from the airport. What a way to start — in the dark!! I have the rest of my days packed and am grateful for all that I will get to do.
I can remember before leaving Africa thinking that when I land in California, the first thing I want to do is find the earth and kiss it. I still want to, but not in the same way. The world is so big & beautiful. And for me, right now, being in Prague, where my family is from, I have sense of being that I have never had before. Finding your roots makes a difference. And hopefully I will learn more on Tuesday & Wednesday about mine.
The area is beautiful. A testimony to what is good. People that have worked hard. I have learned alot about the culture here by reading, listening & seeing. That’s a story for the next time. I think my chicken is burning!!