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Prague Dispatch – 10/07/11
It’s Friday morning here, and I’ve finally emerged from the jet lag fog. When we arrived in Paris Wednesday morning, we heard the words you least want to hear after a 10-hour trans-Atlantic flight: “I’m sorry. I see no flights to Prague today. There is flight tomorrow – but no flight to Prague today.”
It seems our flight had been cancelled, but we hadn’t been informed. Slight communications fail, no?
I’ll fast forward through the tedious parts of confusing phone calls and disappointed resignation to our fate. We spent the night at a modern hotel at Charles de Gaulle airport and arrived in Prague a little after noon yesterday, just in time to drink a Pilsner Urquell and eat a roast pork leg as planned. Also, Pasquale, the host of the Arcadia Residence came through and booked us in our favorite apartment… the one with the view of the clock tower. We fell asleep listening to the ambient sounds of people walking in Old Town Square, and after 11 hours of shuteye last night, I feel like a new woman.
Here are two little snippets of adventure thus far. First, the Hotel Ibis where we endured the almost-hallucinatory effects of jet lag.
And now, something much sweeter…
The tears that sprang to my eyes when I saw this outside the Apple store in Prague were a big surprise. I had no idea I held so much affection for Steve Jobs. I took this photo with my iPhone, of course. The products he championed – the Mac, the iPod, the iPhone – are so integral to the way I live, I never think about it. I could not have the career or lifestyle I have today without the Mac. Amazing.
Be sure to love on the people you love today.
We just finished a rejuvenating breakfast, and I’m not sure what the rest of our day holds yet. It’s a refreshing 50 degrees outside, so we’re thinking about a long walk to enjoy the cool air. The 100+ temps of Austin feel blessedly far away. Tomorrow, we’re going to the Expat Expo (never too soon to start planning the ‘next life’) and meeting Keri and Zdenek from CrossFit Praha for a visit to their new favorite pub.
Wishing you a happy weekend!