Thursday, December 15, 2011

Prague Christmas Markets

Tuesday December 13, 2011

One of the things that I was looking forward to during this trip was visiting the Prague Christmas Markets.  We don't have Christmas Markets where I live in Washington so it was definitely on my "to do" list.   Johana got to take the day off from school so she could be my "tour guide".  Her English is AMAZING so her mom thought it would be good for her to spend the day with me and have an authentic English conversation who doesn't like playing hookie from school?  Johana and I took the 8 am train and arrived in Prague just before the markets opened at 10.  It was a perfect time to go because there was not very many people there yet.

The weather was perfect.  The sun was shining, a crisp breeze was blowing, and the atmosphere of Christmas was all around.  The smell of sausages cooking, and medovina (hot honey wine) was surrounding us as we walked up and down the aisles of Christmas stands.  I found some ornaments for a project I am making and then we treated ourselves to a Trdlenik.  I would compare it to a Pilsbury Dough Boy dough that has been toasted and then covered with cinnamon and sugar.  It is a big tradition and a fan favorite among the people of the Czech Republic.

After an hour or so, I then treated Johana to a hot chocolate at Starbucks.  While Johana was saving our seats, I went up to the counter to order our drinks.  I asked, in Czech, if the woman spoke English, to which she replied yes.  I proceeded to order our drinks and inserted my Czinglish ("yo yo yo" or "diky moc") into the conversation.  They laughed as I attempted to butcher their native language, in a nice way.  They had big smiles on their faces and appreciated the fact that I was trying to use the Czech language. I clearly made their day.

We took the 12:16 train back to Tabor and Johana and I took a much needed nap.  I forgot how so much walking can take a lot out of a person who is out of shape.

Later that night we met Iva and Martin at my favorite food establishment, the Indian Restaurant.  My Chicken Korma with Nan was eagerly waiting for me....mmmmm....I can still smell it now.

Unfortunately my jet lag was still causing me to exhaust early so after a quick drink at the cafe next door, we set off for home.

Learned today:  that even kids in the Czech Republic play hookie from school too


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