Friday, 1 June 2012

La mala education

It was one of those days when I felt like a world belongs to me. Even though I had to get up at 5 a.m. to catch a plane at 6.15. And actually I woke up half an hour earlier. Such travel fever did not happen to me for ages now. Anyways, five hours of sleep put me in that "friendly with everyone" mode. Usually it's other way round though.
We met with Marta at the airport, sweetly chatted to the lady at the counter and got an upgrade to business. We were flying to Prague. Already on the plane we've been chatting to some people. Later it was only better. We were even able to handle in a friendly manner and good moods the fact that our reservation in Marriott was not confirmed and that possibly we would have no place to sleep...
In the end we got a room and after doing necessary work we hit the city. Maybe not in the way everyone imagines when they hear that term. Nevertheless we've wondered around, met with a colleague who handed us over the relay goodies bags and bibs. We had a cup of coffee together and of course we were speaking English. Who could be bothered to try to understand each others mother language when all of us are fluent in English?
And as we were chatting like that, a guy from the table on my left disturbed me. He wanted to give me an advice. OK, keep going. What he meant is that my English is really good, but there was one tiny mistake. I should say "last night" and not "yesterday night". Except that everything was perfect.
Apparently he's an English teacher form S.F. and took his mission very seriously. Anyways that was nice. I took the compliment. And the lesson of course ;-) I was laughing my head off when he and his friend joined our conversation. Mental.
The other two days that we were in the city we did some sight seeing and shopping and eating and whole bunch of other stuff. Chillaxing.
Zizkov TV Tower.  It is 216 meters tall and besides providing Prague with a TV and radio signal, it offers a panoramic view of the city. Built in 1985 - 1992. In the year 2000, baby sculptures created by artist David Černý were attached to the tower and give the impression of babies crawling up and down the tower.

Church of the Most Sacred Heart of our Lord (Kostel nejsvětějšího srdce Páně) at the Jiřího z Poděbrad Square. Vinohrady.

Vinohrady Market Hall (Vinohradská tržnice)

Vltava River. View towards Smichov


Prague Astronomical Clock. The Prague Orloj is mounted on the southern wall of Old Town City Hall in the Old Town Square

Getting ready

View from Hradcany

Toy Museum in Hradcany

Toy Museum

Yes. This figure sits here, just in front of an entrance to toy museum. I just wonder who polished it like this...

Golden Lane. In front of Franz Kafka house.

Old movie posters in one of the houses in the Golden Lane

Old movie posters in one of the houses in the Golden Lane

Library in the Old Royal Palace in the Prague Castle (Prazky Hrad)

Leadlight in the Basilica of St.George (Bazilika sv.Jiri)

Water level measurement device at Vltava river

Prasna Brana (Powrde Tower). Our meeting point for tomorrow.

National Museum and portable toilets for the runners ;-)
Sunday was a relay and marathon day. All together. I must admit that from my point of view the race was very well organised, big screens displaying numbers of relay members who should get ready, long water stations, bananas, oranges, sponges etc. And it was not a small event. No idea how many runners were taking part in it, but loads.
Our team did 3:43:42 which makes it a decent time. I was also glad about my part. 10k in 51:33. Maybe it's nothing special but bearing in mind all the recent events and antibiotics I was really proud.

Peacemakers at the Prasna Brana

Accenture Marathon Relay team


After the run, on the way to the last changing point
Runners, just after the half way
Finished with time 3.46.42. If I could achieve this time on the whols distance just on my own...

Everyone is a winner


The adverts of the run were everywhere throughout the city, even in the security baskets at the airport.

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