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Published: June 15th 2014
My breakfast this morning, both pieces of bread were the only gluten free things I could find. The fruit was beautiful...
Just down the road from my hotel is a cemetery and I swear one of the inhabitants has decided my room is the way to go when it comes to messing with things. Namely the toilet seat... I am always griping at Joe and any male (or female for that matter) that comes over to my house and leaves the toilet seat up, it's one of my pet peeves but this ghost has taken it upon his or herself to play with it... It's very unnerving.
I went exploring today, there is a mall right around the corner from my hotel which is around the size of Belconnen Mall. It's not huge but it made for some interesting adventures. Everyone I came across who asked me if they could help seemed to think I was American or English and not Australian, it was only when I pointed out where I was from that they seemed to relax. There are a lot of American and English tourists here, when I was downstairs at dinner last night there were three Americans sitting near me who were being a touch loud and seemed to not believe in please and thank you, the waiter
who was very polite to me earlier suddenly dropped the manners and the smile... Things became a little awkward when I got given fresh bread and my leftovers to take back to my room and they just got their leftovers, queue 3 withering looks...
I also went walking around the area near my hotel, there are plenty of little streets and nooks and crannies to go and find. I walked through Jagellonska street which was filled with beautiful trees and an area for letting your pup off of it's leash (I left quickly because I got a bit homesick) and down on to Milesovska to a gorgeous church, I think it was Roman Catholic but I might be mistaken. The whole place felt serene and tranquil, it was simply beautiful. As I was walking back to my hotel I found a fruit and vegetable shop and bought some of the most amazing strawberries I have ever come across, I had been planning to split them up throughout the days but the punnet is nearly empty...
One thing I noticed is the amount of small shops and what I could only describe as "side shops", even in the main
shopping centre there are these little stores usually run by one person selling a handful of wares, whilst you have your main areas such as Sephora, a grocery store, electrical goods the overall area is made up of these small shops.
Apart from food, everything here is generally around the same price as at home, clothes for example. A dress similar to one I have which I bought from Valley Girl (or was it Forever New?) cost around $60, here it cost around 955 CZK ($50) so quite similar in price, possibly a little cheaper.
Speaking of currency, beer here is roughly 25 CZK ($1.80) as opposed to water which is around 99 CZK ($3.50)! One of my colleagues (?) who is doing the course with me in July said he is focusing on why there is such a difference given the Czech Republic has one of the highest rates of alcoholism in the world.
One thing I also love about travelling is the different bottles you see everywhere. When mum and I were in Atlanta we were told by one of the tour guides that drinks everywhere across the world will be slightly different. Call me
One of these strange "side shops" I mentioned. Seriously it was tiny! Kind of like the doggy clothes they were selling.
mad but I normally hate Australian coke-cola, it's so sugary and it takes me about 3 days to get through a single can (Pepsi Max is okay though). In America it's a lot nicer and I found myself drinking some usually every day. Same goes for Europe, Lipton Ice Tea is really nice over here and less sugary. When I was wondering around the grocery store I found these canister things with ice coffee in them, not one for knocking back anything slightly unusual I opted to try one... To cut a story short I will be going back and buying a few more.
A lot of the food here is gluten and cream/ milk based and is reeking havoc with my gluten intolerance and lactose intolerance. I'm glad I'm not sharing a room with anyone other than the toilet poltergeist.
This morning when I had breakfast (anyone who knows me well knows I loathe eating breakfast and normally my breakfast consists of about 4 cups of coffee and a lot of mumbling) the waiter asked if I wanted to go out for drinks this evening, I politely declined saying I was busy, he looked a little disappointed
Found something famiiiar.
and some of his colleagues gave him (I'm guessing) a bit of hell afterwards because there was a lot of jeering and laughter. He then told me that I was Jsi krasna
To stroke my ego a little more as I was walking back from the mall a gentleman stopped me and started speaking to me in Czech and handed me what looked to be a dandelion wrapped in a grass like design. I was quite flattered and despite the language barrier I thanked him. Admittedly I don't think it's a dandelion, it's too sweet smelling and doesn't smell like the weeds back at home. On my travels throughout the day it stayed in my bag poking out of the pocket on the side. I'm a little sad it's dying actually...
Reiterating on what I said yesterday about disbelieving that such a crime as human trafficking could occur in such a beautiful city really became more prominent today. It's given me some ideas of how I'm going to structure my report. I feel really safe here even with the language barrier, I actually feel less safe than in Melbourne or Sydney or even certain parts of Canberra.
You don't need a license to own a snake.. Even one that is "mildly venomous."
I couldn't describe what i
I'm now off for dinner with some of the other course participants and my trainers. I have been looking forward to this all day. Tomorrow I find out how to work with the metro system and get around the city.
Now the dramas of deciding what to wear and wangling my hair into doing something decent... Sigh...
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