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Heaters, Hurricanes and Halloween

And finally a LEGAL working resident in the Czech Republic!



Let me back up a few weeks for a minute.. Fall in Prague is officially my favorite time of the year. At the beginning of October, my school took a field trip to the local botanical gardens. This is certainly a hidden gem in the Prague city limits. It is literally a ten minute walk from my work and a five minute bus ride from the Kobylisy metro stop, so it is not too difficult to get to. We took the kids on a walk through the gardens and, oh my, I've never seen so many different colored trees in all my life! The serenity from the colors and the smells of pumpkin and fresh veggies was exquisite.. certainly worth another visit in the near future!

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October 28th.. Happy first snowfall of the season? Wait.. ALREADY? This eastern Carolina girl just had a rude awakening.

I must admit though.. Prague is quite a sight to behold when its blanketed in white. Don't get me wrong, its going to take a while for me to get used to the fact that its going to be below 50 degrees probably between now and February but.. its not something I'll hate seeing every day, eventually.

I woke up (really late) Saturday afternoon to an extremely foggy and flurried Zizkov tower, hearing the joke several times, "those babies must be freezing!".. Every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday morning, Jiriho Z Podebrad has a local farmers market in the main square, so naturally, to follow the ritual, we headed out for the basic bread and veggies, but this time finding it necessary to bundle up for the 200 meter adventure! Again, being from the Southern US, I don't exactly know what the appropriate clothing is for below 32 degree F weather besides.. A LOT. I just see it necessary to put on A LOT! I also see this early winter as a perfect excuse to do some cold weather clothes shopping!

It was pretty amazing seeing my preschool kids this afternoon playing in the little snow that was left over from Saturday's flurries. For the whopping three centimeters that still covered the ground, most of them were bulked up in their full-out ski jumpsuits and hiking boots! My little butterballs. While me and the other three American teachers are standing there shivering our buns off, the kids where in hog heaven, wallowing in the bushes, trying to get as messy and snowy as possible. Also, some pretty impressive snowmen were in the works too! Never have I ever heard such disappointed when they had to go inside. For their sake (and not so much for my frozen buns) I hope the little bit of snow is still surrounding the Sunny Garden tomorrow!

Posted by Courtster 11:55 Archived in Czech Republic

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