My life has been very busy since the last post! Jiri and I took two trips, one to Pardubice (here in the Czech Republic), and a trip to Zurich, Switzerland. In the midst of those two trips I also had a small project to work on, dealt with my normal health issues, and have worked on some other writing, along with a guest post on Expat Harem. My Czech Off the Beaten Path Zazzle shop also made its first payout--that's a very nice feeling! I'm also a year older since my last post. :0) Right now I'm in a "calm" time, and so have some time to update you about things here!
I will be posting about the trips to Pardubice and Zurich, but today I wanted to tell you about our "International Day" last weekend. Jiri and I were very busy with some foreign visitors on Sunday. Our church, St. Clements Anglican-Episcopal Church, often times has tourists visiting, especially during the spring and summer months. Last weekend, we had a tour group, from the States, come and worship with us. This group, of about 40 Americans, contacted our chaplain, Rev. Ricky Yates, and said they would like to invite some members from the congregation to lunch and discussion after church. What a great invitation! I volunteered to be one of those who had lunch with this group, and I was not disappointed at all.
We visited u Benedikta, a small restaurant/pub not too far from church. The restaurant was just big enough to hold our group of 40 Americans, plus 6-8 members of the congregation. I sat at a table with three ladies. They were very nice and we had a wonderful conversation. I must say we didn't only discuss Prague and religion in this country, but I was also asking them about their lives and their trip. This group's trip took them from Germany, to Prague, and then on to Budapest. We had a fun visit and we even exchanged contact information. I'm looking forward to hearing from these ladies about how the rest of their trip went. And I have to say I enjoyed visiting with this group from the States; it was a very lovely touch from home.
While I was to lunch with the Americans, Jiri was with a couple of visiting colleagues--one from Germany, and one from Israel. He took them on a sightseeing tour of the old parts of Prague. They had a great time visiting the old Jewish cemetery and synagogues, Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, and more. After my lunch with the American tour group, I stopped by the store to pick up a few things for dinner. We were hosting Jiri's two visitors for dinner at our house. Anyway, Jiri and his colleagues had a great time. When they were finished sightseeing, they proceeded to our flat, where I had just finished getting everything ready for our supper. We had such a great visit with Jiri's colleagues. They are all collaborating on a project, and it was fun to hear them discuss that, along with the state of world and many other topics.
So, Sunday was an "International Day" here at our house, and a very good one, at that. I enjoyed every part of the day---from the visit with the Americans in the morning, to our dinner guests in the evening. It was busy, but very fun and insightful. You always learn to see your home from a different perspective when you have visitors. And you learn more about yourself, too. I learned I'm becoming a bit more comfortable with people from different countries and backgrounds. This is one of the changes that has come about in my life since becoming an expat almost four years ago. I'm also becoming a bit more flexible in my own thinking and beliefs. That's not a bad thing...and I hope this process is making me into a better person overall.
That's all for now...my next post will be about Pardubice--a very pretty city in the Pardubice Region of the Czech Republic. And I'll have another post from our trip to Zurich!
Have a great day!