I have been hold, I have been told, I have been changing my mind. Life has been a ride lately. I literally had no idle time. Although I fully respect idle time and think it’s one of the best things ever. Coincidentally I came across a book called the Idle Parent, which led me to a website called idler.co.uk and I have to say I am in full agreement with the authors’ life ideas. However at the moment being idle means having too much time to think and obsess and no we don’t want that. Although I have my moments when I am down and no amount of self pep talk can make me happy, in general I have been loving my busy lifestyle lately. Since my holiday from reality ended, the newfound love of my life has made its way across the world and I started working, I have been filling my non-work hours with countless amount of activities. Ranging from studying Italian, doing yoga, running like crazy, running faster and whenever I can, including a race or two, with decent results needless to say. I spent a weekend in Moravia, good party, good dance, good peeps and a museum visit. Most importantly I am spending a lot of time with my friends. My best friends, the beautiful and wonderful people in my life that I have known for a decade. Isn’t it wonderful to realise that some people have been in your life for over a decade and even after seven years of being abroad, they are still here for you wanting to spend time with you and always ready for whatever idea you might have. Though I have been away for so long and I think I managed to make good friends in Scotland, in Prague and the rest of Czech
Republic is where the heart lies. (Quality of life aside at the moment. I have been itching to write about this, but I couldn’t find the right angle that won’t make me sound like a spoiled, self-entitled human being).
We have been wining and dining together, meeting up for coffees, for beautiful walks around Prague. For lunches or for sofa talks in the evening. I have been here to watch the wonderful and hot summer turn into the beautiful and colourful fall that we have here now after such a long time and I loved it.
Recently my friend Shona came to visit for a long weekend and I think we literally did it all! On Friday evening we started at a restaurant Eska with some wonderful food and wine. We could barely eat though as we were talking and talking and talking since both of us had some life changing experiences recently. We continued right into the city center to go on a ghost tour around Prague, however the tour guide was really strange and the first impression was terrible, so was her English. Shona and me decided to dash, right into a winery of course. There we spent another few beautiful hours drinking wine, soaking up the perfect atmosphere of the place, enjoying the candlelight and talking about love. Because what are more important things in life other than love and wine?
The next day we enjoyed breakfast at a coffee place right across from my house and we went on a three-hour tour of Prague. This time it was led by an enthusiastic English guy who was funny and knew far more about Prague than me or my friends who were born there 😀 Even though the weather wasn’t fantastic, we could still enjoy the tour with frozen feet. We had a quick lunch and hurried home to enjoy the heating, tea and teacakes. Do you know teacakes? Probably one of the best things in Scotland. Well except for the whisky and sirloin steak… and possibly the nature… and the good life quality… Damn I miss Scotland like crazy. After some solid relax time, we continued to
meet my friends (the ones that were not ill) at a rooftop restaurant with a beautiful view of Prague. After dinner, we ran to Dejavu to catch the last happy hour. That brought back memories. Remember the times when I wasn’t
completely disgusted by smoking in bars and was so drunk that I danced in the crowds? Well now I am tired and I don’t want to be hangover anymore, also my feet hurt and my jacket is too expensive to smell like an ashtray. Aaah life.
The next day we had an easy morning but a decent walk after. We covered all the places that weren’t in the tour the day before. From my house we went to Café Slavia for the atmosphere and the view of the National Theatre. We walked across the Charles Bridge all the way to the castle. From there to the top of the most romantic hill of Prague, the sun came up as we walked down to Lennon’s wall, Kampa and the riverside. We finally ended right in the city center in Lokal to have a proper Czech lunch and continued to have the best coffee in Prague in Muj Salek Kavy. In the evening we finished at the top of Zizkov’s tower with some cocktails. Just a fantastic weekend, I loved every minute of it. Shona later told me that in Prague all we do is drink coffee, wine and walk around.
Needless to say, I was falling asleep at my Italian lesson and later at my yoga class. Nah, that’s a lie, I fully enjoyed my yoga experience, I also did my first solo headstand.
I also enjoyed the theatre and first mulled wine of the year. The signal festival was fun and so was the bottle of wine in the park. This time drinking in the park was not due to money, but purely because I cannot stand the smoking in the bars. At least we had a good bottle of Chilean red. I still felt like in high school though.
Apart from all of these activities and more I spent countless amount of hours on facetime, at night, in the morning, in the afternoon and every time possible. It still seems to be the only thing on my mind, the most important thing in my life. When I think of it, it’s similar to the feeling of having a new pair of shoes in your closet that you are still to
wear. I just can’t explain it, it’s wonderful, it’s perfect, and it’s everything that matters. It’s my priority and I am so scared. So happy and scared. But mostly happy… and then scared. This year, Christmas cannot come soon enough.
There’s so much more to tell about work, about Prague, about where I live now, about my family and my dog and the wonderful sunset I saw yesterday but does it really matter?