As I wrote it on 28 June 2014
This was the very first travel we had as a family, just exploring. No relatives to visit, not our hometown, just traveled purely because we want to see the world.
This trip was a milestone for us, like for real, the very first time I was bitten by a travel bug. I have not been cured since and it has infected the rest of my family, much to my delight.
Alex was only 12, Jason was 8 and we did not have JD yet. :)
This was when The Walkaroos was born. Our very first Walkaroos shot was taken from our AirBnB home in Old Town Prague.
We flew via KLM and so the journey was pretty long with a pit stop in Amsterdam but it was all worth it. We enjoyed the adventure and we look forward to a quickie tour of Amsterdam on our way back.
Different passengers have different experience
With the big plane from Dubai to Amsterdam, everyone's happy. We then had to transfer to a smaller plane called Fokker. The name made my boys' giggle a bit.... fine! They giggled a lot! They're the ones who read the airline magazines and told me about it.
It was a nice small plane used specifically for short distances. KLM calls them City Hopper.
Jason got scared while Alex loved it. It was a lovely day with clouds looking like pearly white cotton candies,,, I think the plane was alright.
They were mesmerising. My boys' have to ask, "is it possible to stand on them?"
The snack they serve was so tasty, the boys won't stop talking about it. Mustard ham, egg and cheese. All organic. Crisp. I have not enjoyed a simple sandwich as tasty as that. The boys wanted more but as a spoil sport mom like I am, told them it's only a little over an hour flight and that it's a good idea to reserve our tummy for Czech treats.
*Not knowing what I knew now, I could have asked for more for the boys because it's not a big deal. Plus what's the worst that they could have said to me? "sorry, we are all out" and then they'll give the boys something else to munch on. I was much too embarrassed to ask then. A newbie in traveling.
It's true... altitude makes you bloat. My face before boarding in Dubai was starved... as we take this picture in Prague, I looked like I was fed mercilessly.
The plan was to take the plunge, full immersion (or our version of full immersion), ride the public bus to the train station and then take the metro to Namesti Republiky and walk. Sink or swim baby or in our case... get lost.
Because we were tourists, and novice at it and the lady at the counter was a pretty one with blue eyes, Joseph convinced me that that was the counter for the Public bus. Apparently not. The public bus was the long one (obviously) and we saw it on our way to the shuttle.
Even though it's not a public bus, it only cost (Koruna) CZK 600 for the four of us, which is practically AED 30 each. Darn cheap compare to their European counterparts.
The shuttle bus was a saving grace because when we got off Namesti Republiky station, we walked and walked and walked, lost for about 30 minutes. That was a long time searching for a small street.
We were armed with 2 maps, but still got lost. We were so disoriented that when a gentleman driving a car stopped at us and asked if we are her sister's guests from Saudi, we didn't put two and two together!
By the way, the worst part was, we have no data on our phones. No matter how much she messaged us through my AirBnB account, I was not able to read it. Her mother called us too, giving us landmarks which really does not click in our heads because we have been walking for 30 minutes! Why because we were so disoriented! And honestly, telling me that it's next to a nun's convent won't mean squat to me.
When we finally found the house, there was no one there. Why? Because the man was driving around somewhere looking for 2 idiots (with two poor kids) who are from Saudi (because to most, Dubai and Saudi is pretty much the same).
Alas we got the keys, left all by ourselves, we collapsed in exhaustion. Remember, we had one back pack each but they are dang heavy. It was then when we discovered that wherever we travel, if it's a home we will stay in, the first order of the day is to be lost. To the point that in every new city, my FB update right after we land is,,, "time to get lost!" :)
Next week's (Wednesday) throwback post will be about our first AirBnB experience. We cannot talk highly enough of all our experience with various home and hosts... well apart from one of the houses we stayed in, in Roma. That's another story for another day.
Currency is in Czech Koruna
The cost is pretty much like how it is in Dubai.
We used to flip through the pages of glossy magazines or colourful webpages, drool and gawk at gorgeous places we only dreamed of seeing. We used to daydream over the idea of food we might never get to taste. Wondered how each destination feels.