Supermarket fiasco...

   September 11, 2013

     Michelle, Taylor, Chris, Eli, and myself went on an adventure to Tesco, the 6 floor supermarket (basically a Walmart) to FINALLY get towels and a blow-dryer... and some food too.  We took our first TRAM ride on the 18 from our campus to get there. It was a new experience!  At check-out I swiped my card, signed the receipt, then suddenly the lady at the register started freaking out in Czech.  She called over 3 helpers and they all began to talk frantically. None of them spoke English.  I waited patiently as they fixed the problem (hoping and praying I wouldn't get charged double on my card or something crazy).  After about 15 minutes, the problem was finally fixed.  The manager tried her absolute hardest to communicate with me in English and she gave me a token of appreciation- Tesco notepads, for being so patient.
   THEN as we were walking out, Michelle's bag made the alarm go off.  We couldn't find the  receipt and after about 10 minutes of looking through the bag to find it, the security guard let us go.  She took pity on us because we had NO idea what she was saying.  I never realized how frustrating it is to not be able to communicate with someone else.  Hand motions and speaking slowly only goes so far...
   On the metro home, my grocery bag began to snap- big uh oh!
   Then, we got off at the wrong metro station because we weren't paying attention.
   Finally we made it home! Thank goodness!  What a hectic day of shopping!

“There is always a sadness about packing. I guess you wonder if where you're going is as good as where you've been."

August 25, 2013
The packing has begun!  I know, I'm starting a little early, but with all my recent Prague shopping I need to make sure it'll all fit!  So far, so good- but keep your fingers crossed for me!  I'm anxious, excited, nervous, and absolutely TERRIFIED.  After this experience of a lifetime, my whole world is going to be rocked.

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

I have found, that the first step is the hardest part. But here goes nothing!

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” 

The key words here are, "without fear."  For those who know me, this is not going to be easy.  I'm scared of a lot.  But, as nervous as I am for this trip, I'm not scared.  I have faith that God will keep me in the palm of his hands throughout the entire journey.  I will meet amazing people and have amazing adventures.  My life will be forever changed, and I am BEYOND blessed to have this experience.

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