Waiting

Trip Start Jul 03, 2006
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Trip End Aug 20, 2006


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Sunday, July 23, 2006

I feel like I just got off a merry-go-round and everything's still spinning. I went from fighting crowds everywhere, chasing buses, ferries and trains from place to place, and searching for a place to sleep at night to this town devoid of action. I mean, the most exciting thing that happened (aside from falling asleep in spite of the heat) was killing a tick I found on the wall this morning. Seriously.

Coming back to Olomouc is so bittersweet. All the memories from before appear so vividly all the time. It is not as exciting as it was last time, the mystery is gone. I called this entry "waiting" but it's more like "adjusting". I met some other students, one from Canada, one from Greece, and about 6 from America. I guess there are about 80 people in the program but there are classes of 15 people. The course is going to be pretty intense. Like 7 hours a day or something. Ugh. But I am glad because I really don't know Czech as well as it may seem to people. I mean I do okay but that's because most of communication isn't from what's said. Anyway, after this course is over, I should be ready to decide if I will come back and teach English to businesses after I graduate. Ross tells me he could get me a job doing that. If I do come back for that reason, this course will be extremely valuable to me.

I hope I can find someone who wants to play ping-pong with me soon, I love ping-pong and they have two tables in the dorms. I am excited to meet my classmates and start the program. This waiting around is killing me (so is the heat).
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jackiebuchta
jackiebuchta on

Re-entry
It's probably good you had a day or so to adjust. You'd have gotten whiplash otherwise! :)

valandbrent
valandbrent on

We're re-entering too
Just got all caught up with your entries from while we were on vaca. I know just how you feel. North Bend was like that whirlwind and we met some crazy bikers from Morse Bluff at the Bottom Road Cafe. Now home just seems so boring in comparison. Glad you survived Italy and am wondering- didn't you bring a good book to read during down times? I'm sure as more students arrive you'll be filling your time with gab from around the world. Have people been talking at all there about what's happening in the Middle East? I am always interested in what the world view is of such situations (as opposed to US media spins). Take care and enjoy the peace and quiet for the rest of us. Love you! Val

jennivankat
jennivankat on

World View
So back to being a student and not just a traveler. Enjoy the down time before the class craziness begins. Keep exploring, even though you've been there before! Like Val, I'd love to hear about what others are saying about the conflicts around the world and also what they think of US citizens. Show them our better side, Ben! By the way, did you hear Grandpa now has email access? He's reading all your emails, too. He just doesn't know how to respond yet. We're working on that! Love ya! Jenni

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