Thursday was Lunar New Year (and a Vietnamese girl that some of my friends know (who is now my friend, I love how that works) made us dinner. It was deeeelicious. I miss Asian food so much.
Today I was trying to explain to one of my students what the Chinese version of a dumpling is because here dumplings are basically bread or potato bread of some sort. It's totally different though also delicious and I love them as much as I love the Chinese dumplings.
I think I might be addicted to food. But I digress.
I also met lorn's sister who came in town for a few days (and will be back after a trip to Barcelona and possibly Berlin, jealous much?) and who is also totally awesome. I basically spent the weekend with lorn, her sister and John.
|We went walking around Old Town|
|and the Jewish Quarter|
|and finally on over to Vaclavske Namesti (Wenceslas Square)|
It's days like this that you realize how totally small this city really is. I also spent the day learning lots of history, if not from lorn than from the Internet when I got home. I <3 the Internet and the access it gives me to a plethora of information.
On Saturday, I took it easy. I literally did not get out of my pajamas until the sun went down again at which time, we went to karaoke. It was packed. I was nervous. (What? Wait... I don't get nervous at karaoke! I love this stuff!) I sang Love Shack with lorn (not that you've been replaced Meg) and then I sang What's Love Got to Do With It and finally my usual Sweet Child of Mine.
I guess I didn't totally bomb it.
Sunday we went to Petřín Hill which was an amazing (yet rather steep) walk up above Prague. I can't even begin to explain how many different pictures I have which are views of the whole city from different locations. Seriously: Letná Park, Vyšehrad, not Petřín.
|I love any pictures with the castle in the background. |
Hell, I like that there's a castle in my city.
Monday, I started my Czech class. Luckily I have a lot of friends in this class. However, I've already determined that Czech is freaking difficult. I might even say it's more difficult than Mandarin... Then again, I thought Mandarin was super hard and now I'm pretty comfortable with it. We'll see. Funny thing: When I'm trying to think of words in Czech now, I think of the Chinese words. I did the same thing when I was learning Chinese except with Spanish. Weird.
Today, a little boy ran up to me at the bus stop, sat down next to me and started yammering at me in Czech. I just let him go for it until his grandmother figured out I speak English (and apparently she does too). We started chatting, I said "OK" and the kid thought it was the best thing ever. He commenced a shouting match in which he yelled, "OK" as loud as he could and I whispered it as softly as I could. It made me miss teaching kids.
Also today, in one of my more advanced classes that I just started teaching I told them they could ask any questions about me that they might have. The conversation went a little like this:
Lucie: "How long have you been teaching."
Me: "A little less than two years."
Martin: "How old are you?"
Lukas: "Well, in that case, are you married?"
Me, laughing: "No, not yet."
Lukas: "Do you want to stay in the Czech Republic for a long time?"
Me: "Maybe we'll come back to this conversation in a few months when I've gotten to know you a little better."
At that point everyone in the room was laughing hysterically. See, that whole not marrying a Czech man rule might be more difficult to keep than I thought.