Thursday, October 29, 2009

Small trip today!

Today we are going for a small trip outside of Prague. We will be heading to see Pepik's older sister who lives about 30 kilometers outside of Prague. I'm not sure what the town is called. I'm just excited to go see a smaller town. We will also be stopping by Karlovy Vary, which isn't too far away.

We'll be leaving at about 12 or 1pm, since we have to wait for Pepa's brother Vashek. It will be me, David, Erik, Vashek, and Pepik who will be going. We'll make sure to take a bunch of photos so you all can see what we've been up to.

Halloween is slowly coming up! Halloween here in Prague is not very big, however there are places that do celebrate it with costume get-togethers. Katie, David, and I were thinking of maybe dressing up and heading somewhere for the spooky night... but currently we have no costumes... We really can't spend money, so we are trying to figure out what we can do that's really creative. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know!
I really wish we could carve a pumpkin and show it off since they look so nice lit up... but I haven't seen any pumpkins anywhere. :(

Yesterday was pretty nice, instead of going to school like I normally do, I got to stay home and make Mexican at Katie's apartment. Yesterday, October 28th, was a national holiday here. So all schools and public buildings were closed. This national holiday was when Czechoslovakia declared their independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This was a time of Czechoslovakian prosperity, with a top economy... before bully Nazi Germany took over.

Yesterday when David went to take out the dogs, he noticed tons of police everywhere around the Square right across the street. There were huge SWAT vans everywhere with SWAT police decked out in tactical gear. There were even cops on horses. I guess they were everywhere. At first there was no rally but, eventually people showed up and there was some rally that took place. I asked Pepa if he know who they were and he just said they were skinheads... yikes! Katie has the name of their group, and she said they were seen as some extreme labor group who protested the government. She listened ina little bit, but it was hard to understand them, so she left... She was worried they were extreme... and she might have been right... Here are some pictures so you can see what it all looked like:

I also want to post a few pictures of our room, since I haven't done that yet. It's a pretty spacious room, the only thing I don't really like is that he left a piano in. If I could get rid of the piano, I would either put in a small couch, or a breakfast table so we wouldn't always have to use the desk.
What do you think of the carpets?! Pretty awesome right! Lol.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

It's Our First Snowy Day!

So today it has started to snow here in Prague and I'm not going to lie... I AM NOT READY for freezing weather!

I seriously feel like need to go buy some comfy essential that I don't have. I do have a couple nice jackets but they aren't as comfortable and warm as I'd like. I also need some gloves and maybe a nice sweater...

It is so cold here, I think like 38 degrees, but it feels way colder. Pepik asked me if we have the right kind of clothing because it's going to get super cold here. My mom was warning me about this and I think David was more prepared than I.

Tonight we are going to see a movie, probably "Surrogates." I'm excited because we haven't
gone yet to see a movie here. It's too bad that all the movies take so long to get here. David's keeping himself busy though, yesterday he started a book and today he finished it. I think it's
like a record for him. Just for fun I want to go check out the bookstore... even though technically I still have a bunch of books to read (not to mention my homework), but David could get another book. Also, we are getting a package today that was send form dad! It should have all our DVDs and our mini laptop! Yay!

Friday, October 9, 2009

It is 5:25am! UPDATED with a Video!

Wow it is really 5:2am!

We went out tonight... earlier, met a Russian (who actually has been living in Prague for a long time), he said it was his birthday, but was it? I think it was because he had a backpack full of suprises! There was some crazy stuff in there! Even when we decided to go home it was still crazy at the discotek. I can't wait to take my friends and family there when they come to visit!

ANYWAY we went to the crossclub! IT is amazing! I can't wait til we go again! It is amazingly fun:) We got some video, so for those that don't understand how awesome it is,hopefully you can kinda see. It will take a day or two to get the video up though...
It really sucks that we don't have our camera working... we are still waiting for the battery to arrive... anyway ta ta!

UPDATE: We got the video finished, so like I promised, here it is:

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Went to Národní třída today...

So I had to post today because...

David and I decided to take a little trip to TESCO for some stuff... We got off the Yellow line at Národní třída, where we quickly found TESCO. The last time I was at this TESCO was like two years ago, so I forgot how big and awesome it is. Anyway, on the floor where you buy soaps/shampoos, there's also some alcohol and candies being sold. Well as I'm heading to the shoes section I notice something on my way... there's a sample stand (like the ones in grocery stores) where they were give sample to people to entice them to buy their products. Well, guess what they were sampling?! A-b-s-i-n-t-h-e. Not even kidding right now. They had an awesome display with a cool looking dispenser. I told David to go sample one but we were both like... NA we'll take their word for it that it's a good absinthe...
Ok, so the story is not over yet... Next we went to the bottom level to buy some groceries. As we approach the liquor section we notice that there is another stand... this time for vodka! The whole entire store didn't have one other sample stand that actually had food, only liquor... It's amazing how laid back people are here! In the States someone has a heart attack if a kid/teen even looks at a beer. I haven't observed any problems here with young kids drinking either... Occasionally there will be some 16/17 year olds having a beer in the pub... but not exactly there to get drunk...

Today we got a package from my mom, now we have our Czech dictionary and workbooks! I think I may take a class for Czech too but it wont be for credit since it can't go towards my degree. I will try to get in, most of the classes are already full. I also want to look for an internship, the problem is that I have no idea where? What kind of intership could I apply for?! I have no idea! I will look around and ask, I just want to do something productive and have more to put on my resumes when the time comes...

By the way, if you're reading this Tiffany, Pitbull is HUGE here! lol, It's on MTV (which ACTUALLY plays music here in Europe) like all the time. People really like the dance type music here. Anyway, I know how much you love him so I had to let you know! :D

Monday, October 5, 2009

It's Monday!

Hello Hello!

Things have been going pretty good here so far. I can't do anything right now with my Czech citizenship, because I'm still waiting for all the paperwork to process and then to be sent to me. I need three main documents here so I can change my name and obtain a Czech identification card. I need my American citizenship paperwork, mom/dad's marriage certificate, and the adoption paperwork that changed my name. Once I get the all with an apostille, I can have them translated and certified here. David also has to take another trip to see the Foreign Police to register where he is staying. That way when he applies for a residency permit, they'll already have an address for him and he wont get fined...

Yesterday David went on a bike ride with Pepik and the kids. What David thought was going to be a 30 minutes bike ride turned into a 30 kilometer bike ride through the city and country. I stayed home (fearing it would be a looong bike ride...) and ended up reading and finishing a whole book! Anyway, I knew the second David came into our room saying he needed to find biking shorts that I did not want to go, lol. Pepik, the kids all had full biking outfits! David
was going to go in his jeans, but they told him "um NO, go find biking pants..."

So David left biking at 11am, and when he arrived back at the room, it was about 4pm... When he came home, how can I put this gently... he was pretty tipsy! Apparently throughout the bike
ride they ended up stopping many times to visit with friends and eat some snacks. Well every time they grabbed a kebab, they also grabbed a couple of shots! When they stopped at the restaurant to visit the friend I guess they had about 7 shots of slivovitz. Well, he did have a great time since they even stopped at the fair and went on some rides and bumper cars. Unfortunately I don't have those photos yet (Pepik has them)... But I'll post them when I get them. I guess they also stopped and pet some horses (I saw the pics)... Looks like they had fun.

Nicole did tell me that towards the end of the bike ride David almost ran into a rollerblader, and almost fell over, lol. After David came home, I ended up up coming down to the local pub to grab a few beers with Pepik and Bara. Pepik actually gave me this traditional cookie thing that you can find at festivals and fairs. I usually find them and give them to people, but I don't think I've received on yet as a gift.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Trip to the Park.

So this morning David took me up to this sweet little park located a couple blocks from our apartment. I Love it! There's a section for dogs to run free and there are perfect trials and hills for running! I will defiantly take advantage of the park. The dogs are doing so good when it comes to being around other dogs. The the quick video I made, Bella looks a bit squeamish, but she is actually doing really good. Another sweet feature about this park is that it has a swimming pool, plus, a park bar/cafe! So if you need a cup of coffee or a glass of beer, you can sit outside with the dogs and relax... I'm defiantly going to use this park to go running in the morning. Lately I've been getting up really early. There are no dark curtains in our room, so as soon as it gets light out, I wake up. Hopefully I can keep waking up early and head out for a early run. The park also hold some really beautiful sights. The park is on a hill so it's really easy to see old town through the trees, I would have taken a photo but I didn't grab the camera...

So here is a quick and random video of David and me at the Park.