I have seen these posts floating around recently (does anyone have any idea where these actually started?) and since my drafts lately have been more a word vomit without a theme–just random thoughts–I decided to condense them into this post!
Loving…Fall Break, which officially started yesterday! These past few months have been a whirlwind and I’m so glad to not work or teach for a few days. However, traveling isn’t always relaxing since I am a fiend about seeing as much as I can in a new place…but this time I’m reminding myself to take it easy and enjoy the walking, the new food, the leisurely picture-taking, and some quality time with my best guy, rather than pushing us to see it all. You can never see it all anyway, am I right?
Instagramming…Where we currently are! Follow @amygreatworld yourself to see if you can guess, and to follow along for the next few days (and beyond!) as we travel a new-to-us country.
Craving…boxed macaroni and cheese. This is one of my favorite cold-weather comfort foods and I didn’t realize they wouldn’t have it here! I suspected they might not have Annie’s (the true best) but I assumed that they would have Kraft, as it seems like one of those companies that’s taken over the world. But, no go! E is especially distressed about this as mac’n’cheese is one of his main food groups.
Reading…this infographic about words that cannot be directly translated to English. I love it, you should check it out! And keep an eye out for the Czech one ;). I find it fascinating that there are things that just can’t be translated. However, as an English teacher, I don’t love it sometimes when I’m asked to explain a difficult phrase in simple words. Especially those damn proverbs, phrasal verbs and idioms. I spent much too long trying to explain “hit or miss” to a student and giving them examples on when to use it. And that’s an easy one!
Hoping…That November will be just as beautiful a month as October was in Prague. I’m not ready for fall to be over yet (or October!).
Admiring…the pictures from our walk in Stag Moat last weekend. I took Tina’s advice and went on this little jaunt near Prague castle. We haven’t actually been to the castle yet—it’s difficult to convince ourselves since it’s been the height of tourist season—but I loved seeing it from this perspective. It closes soon and since we are out-of-town this weekend, last Saturday was our last chance! The fall colors were perfect and although it wasn’t as quiet as I was expecting (just more people), it was the perfect autumn walk. I can’t wait to go back in April to see it in the spring!
Watching…Gilmore Girls. Yes, I couldn’t resist after all the buzz when it (finally!) came to Netflix. I have always loved this show (sometimes maybe a little too much), and I’m realizing that it’s a perfect show to watch in the fall. It does make me nostalgic, however, for the days when my sister and I would schedule our life around new episodes!
Missing…autumn in the Rocky Mountains. It’s really the only autumn I’ve ever known (I’ve spent autumns abroad, but always in the Southern Hemisphere–Peru or Thailand–so it wasn’t fall there). While I am loving the fall here in Prague, especially as the trees finally start to change, I miss the specific feeling of fall in the Rockies, with my parents’ fireplace and my favorite coffee shops and my boots. However, the time between October and December is hands down my favorite, favorite time of the year–so I don’t allow myself to be melancholy right now. Not in October! There’ll be time for that in January.
Looking forward to…planning our Christmas trips! We need to get started on that or else we will miss out. The list of places I want to see at Christmas keeps growing, but I know I want to see Germany and the Alps, so that’s something! We would love to squeeze in some skiing but I’m thinking that might have to wait until January (well, E would love to squeeze in some skiing/snowboarding–I will go and attempt to maneuver the slopes and mostly get snow down my pants and in my nose. But then there is a fire in the lodge so…and those few moments where I am flying down the mountain are worth most of the snow in my pants).
Thinking about…this whole blogging thing, especially as Amy and the Great World’s one year anniversary is coming up at the end of October.
Recovering…from my day yesterday. It was one of those days where everything went wrong. I woke up late, shattered a nail polish all over the bathroom, got on the wrong tram and didn’t notice until I was in a place I didn’t recognize, had an unexpected observation in my class which threw me off so much I forgot half of my lesson plan, lost 100kc (only about $5, but still) because I accidentally gave too much to the cashier and our language barrier prevented me of convincing her of this, and since I was running late for a bus leaving the country I couldn’t spend time miming and trying to convince her to give it back, and then I left the water I was buying in the first place on the counter, and we got stuck on a long bus ride without anything to drink…ooof. It’s seriously time for a break.
Confessing…that I was not very excited to visit Berlin (and not just because it was primarily for a visa interview). I’ve heard great things about the city, but nothing about how adorable and quaint it is, which is really what I look for in the center of Europe. However, I was fascinated by Berlin! We planned to take it easy but I was so interested in all of the sites and the history that we ended up running around for most of the 27 hours we were there. We have to go back to pick up our visa, so I’m glad we’ll get another day or two to explore the city more.
Wondering…why I am always sprinting to catch public transportation. Please let me I’m not the only one who simply cannot plan her life around the tram/bus/metro schedule, no matter how hard I try? However, sometimes I pause to take a breath and snap a quick picture of my view.
^^another game of can you spot the castle?
Marveling…that I can hop on a bus and travel all over Europe. Someone pinch me!
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