Saturday, July 20, 2013

Prague, Czech Republic

It's been 3 days since I've been able to have access to decent WiFi for blogging purposes.  We did laundry yesterday at a great Laundromat in Prague and I was able to get on long enough to post pictures on facebook only.  Now we are at the school where FV stayed while here in Prague waiting for Tiffany to pack up and say her good byes.  Then we will head over to our "interesting" urban campsite for one last night there.  This has been an amazing journey!  The kids celebrated the end of it by singing and playing in the Old Town Square today while we handed out free DVDs!  What fun connecting with the people.  I met a couple from Switzerland who seemed to really be touched by the kids and the music.  We had a great conversation about why the school does what they do.  A moment in time that probably won't ever be repeated.  Many of those moments have happened while here and more are to come in the next and final week of our time here in Europe.

Thursday dawned bright and early for the FV students!  They wanted to arrive in the square before the crowds and crowds of people came.  They did some roaming filming--flash mob style ;-)  Apparently no tripods or jibs are allowed in the square so they filmed without them.  Some of them went to the top of one of the towers and sang out the windows as well as right next to the John Huss memorial.  Then yesterday they filmed in the Bethlehem Chapel.  That was awesome acoustics and ended up being a true success!  Today they sang several pieces for a local church service here in Prague and then we all did the celebrating in the square mentioned above.  God has truly blessed their time over here and we all can't wait to see the DVD when it's all put together!

We had some time to do some sightseeing the last couple days in Prague also.  We were able to go see the Prague Castle and climb a tower with a splendid view of the city as well as walk around town and enjoy some of the many shops with a plethora of goods and wears--window shopping mainly and taking pictures of the merchandise rather than buying it :-)  It's been very educational since we've never been exposed to the Slavic cultures at all before.

Our camping experience has been quite challenging but God is getting us through it.  It is an urban campsite which I'd never even heard of before.  Bryan found it online and it sounded like a great place so he booked it.  When we arrived late Wednesday night, we were surprised to see how it was right in the middle of the city with a secure fence around it and a security officer on duty 24 hours a day.  There are people there from all over the world and they even have live music, a firepit, a snack bar, playground for kids and swimming pool.  We've been able to eek out a couple decent runs on the trail just outside of the campsite and they have a communal kitchen with a fridge which has been a blessing.  The WiFi they said they had turned out to be out of order though and sometimes it's a bit noisy for us.  Glad tonight is our last night there.  We are so ready for hiking in the ALPS!!! Tomorrow we will drive down to Austria and spend a couple days recuperating/hiking and are looking forward to spending some time in nature together.  Then on Tuesday we will go to Bensheim where Uncle Gerhard lives and spend 5 days with him before returning home.  Will try to find WiFi along the way to keep you up to date.

Here are a few pics for you to enjoy of the last 3 days here in Prague:

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