I have been anxiously awaiting Katerina/family's arrival these last couple weeks. I have been packed and living out of suitcases and cleaning and re cleaning their flat. I want everything to be perfect for their arrival. Finally Sunday arrived, the day of their arrival. I got up early and cleaned once more and then Hilary picked me up and we set off for our 1.5 hour drive to the airport.
|Me, Katerina, and Johanka|
There were so many people exiting and finding their waiting party but no Katerina and family. Finally their exhausted wonderful faces appeared and they hugging commenced.. It was sooooo great seeing them. Flashes of seeing them in D.C. for the first time went through my mind but this time instead of meeting them for the first time, I was meeting my family.
August 3-10, 2011
Mom and Lloyd arrived on Wednesday August 3rd. It was great to actually see each other in person and not via skype. Katerina had a wonderful agenda for the week we had all together and we hit the road running. Mom started the year by coming with me to the Czech Republic. She had spent the first 10 days with me and it has come full circle to have mom back to spend my last week there. Lloyd has never been here so it was a new experience for him.
Wed: we were able to unwind and relax and later that evening we had a wonderful dinner at a local pub with most of the important people of my life there: Hilary, Chris, Romana, Zdenek, Katerina, and Michal
|Hilary, Romana, and Zdenek|
|Michal has a Czech Beer (foam) and Mom has American|
Style (no foam)
|Oven where you can sit on during the winter|
|Johanka and me|
|Pepa (Katerina's dad) and Michal|
|Katerina's dad's family and Michal's mom|
|St. Barbara's Church in Kutna Hora|
|Lloyd, Michal, Mom, Lubos, Eva, Johana, Katerina|
|Dinner at Chris and Hilary's|
|Home made ice cream and brownies|
|Me and Lenka (student)|
|Iva and Jana: Good Friends of mine|
|Mirek and Martin: Good Friends of Mine|
|Sabina, Ida, and Katka: Colleagues and Friends|
|Katerina and 4D Students|
Wed: Lloyd, Mom, and I left Prague at 7am for our 14+ hours of travelling. After a long flight, we made it back to Seattle at around 12pm and THANKFULLY ALL my luggage arrived as well.
|Kevin and Carla decorated my house to welcome me home|
Some final reflection thoughts:
What I am looking forward to in the USA:
my dogs, hands free shower, oreo cookies, English language, Mexican food, dryer (washer and dryer), watching TV on a television and not via computer, and free water and free beverage refills.
What I will miss from the Czech Republic:
cafe's, Czech language, my friends, grading essays at the cafe's, dumplings, Czech food, walking everywhere
What I am NOT looking forward to in the USA:
drama, bar fights, busy life styles, being exhausted after work, and my neighbor's yippee dogs
What I will NOT miss about the Czech Republic:
not understanding the language, hanging my clothes to dry, having to go to the grocery store multiple times a week, and paying for water