The day of learning

Trip Start May 07, 2008
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Trip End May 14, 2008


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Friday, May 9, 2008

What a crazy perfect day!

           I woke up this morning, took my time getting ready and slowly made my way to the bus depot.  The night before the front desk clerk printed me off the schedule for the buses to Cesky Krumlov and I was hoping to catch the 9:45 am bus.  When I arrived at the bus terminal I went to the only ticket counter I saw and asked for a ticket to which she replied "Full", so I said well then your next one, she said "No, entire day Full" so my blood pressure started to rise.  What was I going to do, I have to be in Cesky Krumlov because I have reservations.  This is why I don't book ahead usually on my September holidays because you never know what will happen to your plans.  The only reason I booked ahead for Czech is this country is very popular and very busy and I knew that ahead of time.  So I walked away and was going to try the trains.  But... before I left I went back to her and asked "Where is the train station?" to which she replied "hehe, you might want to check inside the actual terminal for other bus companies".  So I didn't realize that she was only one of many bus/tour companies, and I didn't even see there was a whole BIG terminal.  So it is now 9:30am, I rush inside the terminal with high hopes again to make the 9:45 am bus.  I ask two different ticket counters for buses and they are both booked up.  The third guy I ask says he can book me for a bus at 2:00pm.   So I take it.  Then as I am about to admit defeat on the 9:45 bus I ask one more window, she yells at me "GO RIGHT NOW PLATFORM 25 and buy on the bus".  So I start to run and realize I already have a ticket for 2:00.  I rush back and that same guy refunds my ticket without a cancellation fee (nice man) and I run to the bus.  It is now 9:43 and I get to the bus and the driver says "FULL".  ARGH!  so I run back in to the nice man, eat crow and ask for my ticket back again for 2:00pm.  He lets out a huge sigh but happily produces another ticket.  So I am once again happy and have 4 hours to kill.

         Some of you know this and some of you don't.  I have been growing out my hair so I could come over here and let some European stylist do whatever they want to my hair.  If I like it I will come home, if not I will shave it off and then come home LOL.  So when Laura and I were touring the streets of Prague yesterday I saw a "Tony & Guy" hair salon card on the ground.  I recognized the salon name from Vancouver as an international salon.  So I snapped a picture of the card because it was so dirty to capture the address.  Well.... I now have 4 hours... so off to find the salon.  I ask at the metro "How do I get to Michalská 17".  The reply was "Take the metro a couple stops, switch metro lines, go for another couple of stops, take a street tram some more stops to Michalská 17".  Sounds far but easy enough so I start the journey.  A journey it was indeed!  I found everything OK but the fun started on the Tram.  It turns out that when the voice announces the stops "czyzyykyskzŕú`jeŕô  Michalská" doesn't mean Michalská stop, it means the next stop is going to be Michalská.  So I got off too early.  I realize the error soon and start to walk, but during the walk I realize that there are NO Tourists, no one I talk to speaks English, I am in what I guess I would call suburbs or real Prague people land.  Why would an international salon be placed here?  I found Michalská street, walked until Michalská 15 and the next building was Michalská 23.  I know that I am NOT going to get my haircut here.  But I don't understand why the signs all say Michalská. 
        I ask about the 5th person for help and she runs and grabs her daughter.  Her daughter I can tell is very excited to help me because she can practice her English.  First she asks do you want "Michalská or Michalská?".  I say I want "Michalská", she says "this is Michalská".  I show her the picture of the business card and she exclaims "Ohhhhhhhh Michalská", I replied "Yes Michalská".  Turns out there are of course two Michalská's one in the district Prague 4 (where this lady is helping me) and one in Prague 1 (right downtown next to my hostel close to where I started the entire journey).  So she draws me a map, but isn't pleased with her work, so she pulls up Czech Google and finds a map, then she prints it off, then she draws on it, and writes out full instructions for me.  So I backtrack and find the salon.  They can get me in about 2:00pm  LOL the same time as my bus.  So I book myself in to see a style director (they are kinda like Eveline Charles and have levels of stylists).  I won't be getting my new hair cut until Monday at 4:00pm the night of my concert.  So heads up Kori, if they make a fool out of my head I will be coming to you for help, and Gary I might be working from home that first day until Kori fixes it or I will wear a paper bag.
         So that brings us up to about now, the bus ride in was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!  So beautiful speeding through the Czech countryside at 300 mph in an air-conditioned coach.  They have fields and fields of bright yellow canola right now!  Doesn't our canola not become yellow until about June?  (Jeremy? anyone from Devon?)  This town is sooooo tiny, like 5 streets or something, very peaceful.  I am very glad I made the trip (Thanks Evan).  I am a tad nervous but should be fine because when I checked in I asked about buses back to Prague.  The guy here got in a panic and said I should run to the information center and book now because he doesn't think there will be any.  So I ran as fast as one can on giant medieval cobblestones in flip flop sandals.  Sure enough they are all booked.  So I have learned and I now ask, "Can you check all the buses please?".  The answer comes back, "Yes I see 6 seats on a bus but I can't book it now, it is too late, but if you come back in the morning at 9 am I will be able to sell it to you".  So she seemed confident so I am going to be as well.  If it fails, and I can't catch a train I have a back-up plan.  I hope to go horseback riding tomorrow, and if I get a good fast horse I intend to ride it back to Prague through fields of canola so I can make my hair appointment at 4pm LOL

*HUGS to everyone*

NOTE!  I was able to upload photos from yesterday and a couple from this morning into the blogs.  If you use the small white arrows to move back a blog you will see the photos I uploaded to the previous entry.

Neil
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