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August 4th 2006
Published: October 1st 2017
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The day began way too early, with a 530 taxi ride to the airport. We checked in, then went to the gate to wait for the flight. The kids fell asleep on the benches. Flight went through Copenhagen, and we had to go twice through immigration in order to change planes -- what a pain! But we made our flight to Prague, and our small Fokker aircraft was comfortable and departed on time, so all was well.

We decided to eat at the airport, which was good, because we got lost and were pulled over by the Czech Police (who wanted payment in Czech money right then, which we didn't have, so they let us go rather than hauling us to the station ... a friend who has lived in Prague suggested it was because the kids were in the car ... I don't know, but I was happy).

Finally, we found the road to Poland ... but it began to rain steadily.

The border town where we decided to stay, Szklarska Poreba, is very quaint -- in the hills; buildings and surroundings are very woodsy. It is clearly very popular with German tourists, and I was grateful that English is so close to German so that I could understand that the car park was around the back. But nothing else.

We napped first, as it was pouring, then walked decided to eat at the hotel restaurant; very cute -- like dining in a peasant's courtyard, but clean, and with orchids. After dinner, the rain had let up, and it was still light. So we walked to town and had ice cream and capuccinos in a very cute cafe -- candles on the table, wood burning in the corner fireplace.

At hotel, Kyla was very hyper. We played a game of cards; I won.


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