Old folk have their rights --- even foreign old folk

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August 11th 2010
Published: August 14th 2010
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Our keys to the city transportation system.

Old people, pensioners, have their rights --- even foreign old people. Any person who is over 70 years old is eligible for free transportation on the Prague subway, buses and trams. We were very surprised to learn that even we are eligible. The only difference is that for a Czech national their national identity card is all they need. For us the card cost 20 Czech Krowns, just over 1 US dollar each. An annual pass for those under 70 comes to between $270 and $300. What a deal, transportation for the rest of your life for just over $2.00.

Our new friend, D, went with us today since we had to register with the Foreigner's Police later in the day. She speaks Russian since she is from Uzbekistan and so do most older Czechs. With her help and the help of a friendly young bilingual American woman, we had no problem filling in the required form and receiving our cards. In fact the clerk at the desk also spoke enough English that we most likely could have managed somehow or the other alone. But everything is easier with the help of friendly folks. Now we are set to

travel within Prague without worrying about buying passes or tickets. Hurray!


14th August 2010

Way To Go
I am always amazed at how the two of you manage. I hope that this is a wonderful and exciting trip. Ya'll will be in my prayers. By the way, Jeremy and I went Fishing Thursday evening and he caught the only fish caught. At this rate my biography would be "The Fisherman Who Fell From Grace With The Bay." Don't know how I'm gonna manage Sundays without Bills coffee this fall. Shalom, Stephen
16th August 2010

thinking of you!
Well I have been catching up on your blogs and was very impressed with the mountains of Virginia! Looks like some places we would enjoy hiking. Glad you all got in fine and are rambling free (in many ways). Hope the semester gets off to a grand start. We thought of you all today as we talked and said prayers. Love to you both!
16th August 2010

Cheers from across the pond
Bill and Nancy: Prague is a travel goal for my wife Kate and me. Your description of completing forms seems akin to my experience with the motor vehicle administration---time-consuming; uncertain; Kafkaesque. thx for including us on your blog link. Bob

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