This blog title references my favorite PG lip-dub for tv movies, brought to you by Samuel L. Jackson in Snakes on a Plane. And while my plane had no snakes, it also did not have chargers.
When I got to Prague, my mentor, Kristyna, picked me up at the airport. I don’t know what I would have done without her help!! Our journey to my dorm required two metros and a bus, plus then actually finding the dorm. Which brings me to my next point: Not having wireless data SUCKS. I get lost everywhere I go. What should take me 30 minutes seems to take two hours. Live and learn.
My roommate is the nicest person imaginable, and SO smart. She’s Japanese, knows a little bit of English and is studying Czech in Tokyo. We communicate in English right now, but it’s not perfect. Hopefully we can speak broken Czech to each other soon instead.
This morning I woke up at 2am, feeling a little homesick. The dormitory doesn’t have air conditioning, and it is really hot here. That combined with the time change guaranteed I would not be getting back to sleep. At 4am I finally gave up and went to the common area where I have wifi. I left for class at 6, and even though I didn’t need to be there until 8:15, I was still late. I took the wrong bus, got off at the wrong subway, nobody there spoke English so I asked three people for help until one man told me, “Take to center.” So, I got on the metro and rode it to the middle of the red line, and there was an information desk! The man at the info desk told me getting to Albertov would be easy, just take tram lines 24 or 3. But, I didn’t know then how to read tram directions and ended up going the wrong direction. I freaked out, got off, realized there wasn’t much I could do, got back on, and rode the tram until the end of the line. Then, I found a 3 line heading in the opposite direction so got on and it got me there eventually!
I also bought a blueberry muffin—first thing I’d eaten since my plane ride to France! When I got to the Albertov tram stop, I didn’t know the directions to my class (ooooff course). I wandered around thinking (wrongly) that I could find it. After 10 minutes (and at this point I’m 15 minutes late) I asked a man if he could help me. Well, gosh darn it, he works for the university! He said his English wasn’t good enough to explain it, but he could take me there. People have been so nice here for the most part. I know it’s long winded, but I cannot understate the insecurities brought about by knowing no one and nothing. Granted, these’s a certain joy to the confusion as you begin to figure it out.
In class we have 3-1.5 hour lessons each day. It’s a lot of material to soak in, especially when your jetlag is telling you it’s 1am. But I think the class will be productive, and that’s what matters. Czech is hard. And the speech pathology part of me is really hesitant to break rules in English that were drilled into me over the past 2 years.
After class, I got lunch with my 3 new friends and then we had to catch a bus to Old City Center. We were being welcomed at the Old Town Hall, and got to tour the Old Town Hall. On the backside of the Old Town Hall is the astronomical tower, so we got to see how it functions, and also see the entire city from the viewing gallery. There’s more stuff, but those were the two coolest. After that, we had a tour of City Center. It was hot, and way too much information to take in. Especially at the end of the day, when we had learned so much in the morning!
Tomorrow we are taking an evening boat ride down the Vltalva River. The university is keeping up busy!
With all that said, I’m coming to realize that these posts will not be perfect. This is hard for me, because I prefer editing 3 or 4 times. With this schedule, it just is not going to happen. I hope it’s worthwhile anyway 🙂