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Final Prague pics

These are both from our last night in Prague, when all eight of us went out for Tex-Mex, ice cream, and one more walk through Old Town. Thanks again for hosting, Davises and Syvertsens!


I wish I had special sparkly shoes like Dave.

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Friday-Saturday

We can’t believe we’re home, and we kind of wish we weren’t! On Friday, our last day in Prague, we went out for breakfast with the Davises and Laura, roamed around one last time for a couple of hours, headed back for some debriefing with Phil & Shanna, and then went out to dinner and dessert with the Davises and Syvertsens.


When we woke up, Lucy and Clark were already in glamor mode, and Lucy was transfixed by M’s towel do.


Back to the Old Town Square, which we had only seen at night.


Vladimir is one of the most talented street musicians I’ve seen. He plays sax and trombone (at least) and has quite a set of pipes as well.


Coming up out of a basement art gallery.


This is the back side of the Hus monument. Hus was an early Reformer whose sermons were actually very influential for Martin Luther. He spoke out against papal infallibility and argued for Scripture alone as the rule of faith and practice 100 years before Luther, and was burned at the stake in 1415. His teaching brought about a revival of true Christianity in what was then called Bohemia, but now he’s remembered as a social revolutionary, not a theological one. End of history lesson.


The hand of one of the martyrs pictured behind Hus on the monument. The statue is enormous and has several different scenes depicted on it.


One last statue shot, with the Church of St. Nicholas in the background. It was a gorgeous day, which explains the million pictures.


On the way back to the Davises’ we searched out a gyro stand. These are less like Greek/American gyros and more like what one might find at Achim’s K-Bob in Athens, one of Jake’s favorite restaurants, which is why we searched it out. One of our best meals in Prague. It’s hard to top marinated meat on a spit.


The Davises, of course, live on Americka Street. (Yes, that’s how it’s spelled.)


Our last night, on the St. Charles Bridge with some of the castle in the background. My hand looks absolutely huge in this picture.


Cheeseburgers at McDonald’s in the Frankfurt airport. It was about 10AM local time, 4AM Eastern, and Lord only knows what time our bodies thought it was. But cheeseburgers seemed like a good idea.


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Thursday

This was a very American day! We had the second annual American football game at a nearby park and a huge Thanksgiving dinner at Phil & Shanna’s. This is a great opportunity for them, because there are Americans who are lonely and missing time with family, and other expats & Czechs who are curious about what this American holiday is like. For a lot of the people the team here has met, the big draw has been seeing the close community among the American team and how much they’re willing to share their lives with people. So tonight there were Americans, Brits, Scots, Czechs, and probably a couple of nationalities I didn’t notice. It was really neat, and although we missed being with our families, it kind of felt like home!

I haven’t even mentioned the football game. I don’t know why we don’t do this more at home, because it was a lot of fun. The game was coed, but Hunt didn’t think it was a really good idea for M to participate. Jake’s team got beat, but it was close, and I dare say I made some positive contributions.


Jake during one of his two series as QB. Once I corrected my overthrowing, they had a receiver who kept batting down my passes. Can’t win them all.


I don’t know if they planned this, but Lucy and Clark are really great recruiting tools.


The stage is set…


… and the drama commences. This is one of two rooms filled to capacity, not counting people milling about in the kitchen.


The kitchen saw some serious traffic.


This is actually deceptive in terms of picturing the spread, because every dish was continually being replaced as it ran out. Over 50 people were stuffed to the gills. An impressive event.


Carnage: Lucy & Clark’s room after the dust settled. This was the playroom for all the kids during the shindig.

We don’t expect to post any more until we’re home, because tomorrow we’ll be trying to cram as much stuff in as possible. Thanks for reading, and please keep praying for us. The trip has been great, and we’re not ready to come back yet!


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Wednesday

This morning the girls went with Laura & Shanna to see what grocery shopping is like here, and then in the afternoon the four of us went out again without guides. This time the boys were in charge of navigation, and although it took a little time to find the outdoor market, overall things were smooth. We also saw the Museum of Communism, and then came back to help set up for Thursday’s festivities.


M has a weakness for heavy cream. At least it’s available here.


We bought some small paintings at this outdoor market.


All four of us at the market.


Just the two of us at the outdoor market. There was a ton of cool stuff.


Imagine my delight at the wide array of sausages available!


This was interesting; it was a very frank look at what life was like under communism in Czechoslovakia.


There’s not an IKEA in Charlotte, but there is in Prague. And that’s where they got some of the tables for Thursday night. Lucy likes to build things, so she gave Mr. Dave a hand.


The excitement was a bit much for M, but she later caught a second wind.


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Catching Up: Tuesday

Tuesday we had a pretty slow day. In the afternoon Dave & Jake went with Phil to the butcher shop to pick up multiple turkeys. The butcher shop really gave me a great vision for possible future ministry here. I worked on another panorama, this one of meat.


Clark shows off his red footies.


Lucy shows off a new trick.


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Catching Up: Monday Night

Monday night we went to dinner at a nice Italian place with the Davises. On the way we went through Hus Square, where the statue of 15th-century reformer John Hus is. Since there’s no Thanksgiving here (except for us), Christmas gets an early start, so there’s a little Christmas market set up with lots of goodies.


Why does some idiot always have to ruin a good picture?


A nice winter treat is hot mulled wine, which quickly became one of Jake’s favorites. Dave didn’t like it as much. More good news for Jake.


In front of the Hus statue. Jake read a bio of him when he couldn’t sleep the other night. We’ll probably try to see the statue again in daylight tomorrow.


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