Prague

The other week I went on my first holiday with Cheryl. It was also my first holiday with Dave and Hayley. Here is a bit of a run-down of how the whole thing went.

On Wednesday I finished work at 5pm and went back to Cheryl’s to get everything ready. We left the flat in the evening and caught a bus to Mansfield so we could stay at Dave and Hayley’s house. We had a bit of food while we were there and the drinking got underway too.

We woke up early on Thursday and got ready nice and quickly. We set off on the way to the airport at 8:56 and got as far as Glapwell before turning around and going back because Dave forgot his coat(!) and Hayley forgot her toothbrush (Chris Evans would not be impressed). We set off for on the way to the airport at around 9:20-something and didn’t have to turn around again. The journey there was fairly easy. There were a few moments where I thought Hayley was going to have a heart attack as lorries closed us in a horrible moving tunnel of death, and Dave was going to have a heart attack because of Hayley, but it wasn’t so bad.

The car was parked in a big car park and we caught a bus to the terminal. We went through security and stuff and then sat down for some food. We thought we had plenty of time, but within a couple of minutes of them announcing which gate we should go to they were giving the final call. We ran the last part of the way to the gate only to find the doors weren’t even open and we were at the back of a huge queue.

Once we’d gone through the regular hassle of getting on a bus to be taken 40 metres to the plane we got on and found that people had taken all of the space in the overhead lockers. My bag ended up at the other end of the plane, Dave and Hayley had theirs somewhere in the middle, and Cheryl’s had to go into the hold. I could go on about how this wouldn’t be an issue if they didn’t charge so much to bring a case in what must often be a 75% empty luggage compartment, but I won’t.

The flight was pretty short, which is a good thing because the seat was not very comfortable. I managed to fall asleep for a few minutes and when I woke up my neck ached because of the rubbish seat.

When we got to Prague airport we had to wait a couple of minutes for Cheryl to get through the passport check point because the person she was being served by didn’t know if a visa was required, but we all knew it wasn’t. While Cheryl was waiting on the other side of the barrier Dave grabbed her bag from the carousel and then we pretended we were still waiting for it when Cheryl joined us. It took her a few seconds to notice that Dave was holding it.

We left the airport nice and quickly and stepped out into the freezing cold Czech day to find a taxi into the city. We got one at the front of the queue and started the last part of our journey. The view from the taxi was quite bland and grim-looking, but I guess that’s what it looks like when your country is freezing cold for 6 months of the year (even more than England!).

We checked in at the hotel, found our rooms, and set down our bags. It was nice not to have to pull them around any more.

After a little while we got ready, took some of our money, and headed into the city under cover of darkness. We were half way to the National Museum when Dave decided to cross the road in front of 3 or 4 lanes of traffic just as they started to move. He ran and the rest of us stayed on the pavement like normal people. We walked a bit down the road, crossed safely, then walked back to the end again and continued the journey to the museum. It looked absolutely awesome with all the lights on it and we took some pictures before realising it was too cold to just stand there.

We walked back towards the hotel for a minute and decided to go into a hotel/restaurant called Muลกketรฝr. It was set mostly underground and was nice and dark with a really warm log fire. We had some drinks and some nice food and then decided we should move on to another place because it was a bit quiet and we were a bit loud.

Then I got bored of writing this blog post and got busy with moving to London and completely couldn’t be bothered to write it any more, so instead I posted another incomplete post about a holiday. I’ll include the random list of things that I was going to write about so that you can fill in some of the very exciting gaps for yourself.

Rocky O’Reilly’s
Singing along with Liverpool fans
Astronomical clock + old square
Little garden place just off the square with weird statues
Hard Rock Cafe
Tacky tourist shops
Book shop
New Yorker
Van Graaf
Zoo + shit restaurant
Chillis
Stags Russian dolls
Restaurant near the hotel
Strip club
Museum
The Pub
Mr. Krakoviel (crack a feel) missing the flight

That was easy.

Cheryl got her visa

Since December Cheryl and I have been worried about whether she would get her Post-Study work visa or not. Today Cheryl received it in the post. ๐Ÿ˜€

It means that Cheryl is free to look for jobs here, and we’re free to look for somewhere to move when Rik comes back from Thailand.

I didn’t really realise how much of a burden this thing has been over the last few months until it got lifted a little while ago. Such a huge relief is so nice. It means we can carry on with our lives instead of putting everything on hold while we wait.

One problem is that the Home Office still have her passport. This wouldn’t be too much of an issue if we weren’t booked to go to Prague on the 17th (Cheryl’s birthday). I’m hoping the passport will turn up in the next few days because that’d make things so much easier. If everything’s sorted in time for us to go to Prague it will mean that I didn’t waste lots of money on flights and hotel bookings that they refused to refund just last week.

I get to keep my girlfriend around for at least another 2 years! ๐Ÿ˜€ No long-distance rubbish to contend with. Love it.

Oh and also, I got my first rent payment from my tenant. Today is a good fricking day! ๐Ÿ˜€

Life is good

Life is good and things are going well at the moment.

Cheryl’s finished her dissertation, and has settled into the new flat really well. I have actually stayed there every night since the move, so I guess I’m settling in well too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

At the weekend we went to see Les Miserables at the local cinema. The performance was taking place at the O2 Arena in London, but it was broadcast to the cinema. It was really good, apart from the slight delay between the video and audio. They were sending the video as it was recorded and the audio as it is delayed. It was quite annoying. I understand that in the arena most people would have to watch on the screen, and because the video takes a short amount of time to be processed there is a delay added to the audio to sync them up, so why wasn’t this done with the cinema broadcast? Oh well.

Last night we went to meet Dave and Hayley for some pizza and to discuss going away to Prague in February next year. It sounds pretty straightforward, and pretty much only relies on Cheryl having her new visa by then. It shouldn’t be a problem, so we’re going to go ahead and book it at the end of the month. Should be awesome!