• 20Oct

    It’s really funny to hear people saying “ahoy”, not quite twice like Mr. Burns, but you can’t help but think about that or sailors.

    Anyway, on to the real story.

    The last full day here in Czech Republic and Europe we headed on a three hour train with the hope of finding my friend’s family. He had no phone numbers, hardly remembered people’s names and no addresses. What we had was faith. I didn’t realize that this city, that wasn’t Prague, was going to be so big. I guess I thought it was going to be a small little country town. Instead it was a full blown metropolis. It had two stops for the main train and then it’s own trolley system within the city. Now I realize how crazy this was going to be. Luckily my friend remembered a stop near his brother in laws restaurant hotel and he recognized it as we passed by. We hoped that he would be there or that at least someone would know how to contact him. We walked in the door and asked the first person we saw. Success number one the waiter knew the brother in law, fail number one he wasn’t in. So the waiter asked what we wanted and we told him we were just here to find him. So he went in the back and out came the wife. The two recognized each other immediately and began to talk. She quickly went to the back and ordered up some food for us.


    (Traditional Czech food of duck, cabbage (a little sweet), and potato dumplings)

    Then she came back out and talked with my friend for a long while. She went into the back again to try to round up the family. After our late lunch we went to his sister in laws house and they met with tears and a warm embrace. It was quite a good moment.

    Later in the night the brother in law joined us with his daughter. They sat and just caught up for the whole evening.

    I have never honestly seen my friend in his element. He’s always frantic, stumbling over words and often awkward. But the moment he stepped into his wife’s brother’s restaurant he was a different man. As we went from house to house reuniting him with his family, he was the center of attention and thrived. He told stories with humor, that were captivating and filled with questions from his audience. Maybe I have no idea what was going on or if he was staying on topic, but based on everyone’s expressions, captivated looks and the repeating of the word “eh noin” and “yo” which seems to mean understand and ok, it seemed that he was right on track.

    We took the last train back to Prague (another 3 hour tour!) and arrived back to the hotel around 4am!

    It was long and tiring but great to see my friend see his family again. They exchanged emails and will hopefully be back in contact with each other. Lets hope that this isn’t the last time that they will get to see each other.

    It was good to get to see the non tourist life of Czech Republic too. It’s always good to see different lifestyles.

    I’m on my way home! It’s been a good week but all good things must come to an end. But at least every end is a new beginning!

    Lastly a picture of the Czech Republic country side. It was very very beautiful. The leaves were just starting to change colors and the landscapes were gorgeous. I highly recommend the train ride through this area.




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