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100 in 1000
  1. Spend a week up a mountain learning to ski
  2. Visit Karoline's place in Moravia
  3. Hold a conversation in Czech (only)
  4. Drink 500ml of each of the following beers:
    1. Pilsner
    2. Staroprammen
    3. Budvar
    4. Velke Popovice
    5. U Fleku
    6. Gambrinus
    7. Krusovice
  5. Respond to at least one GOARN request (WHO and MSF are also acceptable)
  6. Travel across the Atlantic
  7. Return to South America
  8. Read a book to, or with, an impressionably aged child
  9. Participate in one NanoWriMo Challenge and come within at least 10,000 words of the goal length
  10. Have my nose pierced
  11. Have my next tattoo drawn
  12. Purchase the perfect jeans (x 2 pairs)
  13. Attend a spin class 3 times a week for 8 consecutive weeks
  14. Bake Viv's cheesecake
  15. Make David's casserole
  16. Make David's Chicken Cashew-nut Stirfry
  17. Invite 4 people who don't know one another too well to dinner
  18. Ride from Vienna to Venice on a motorbike (pillion acceptable, those less desirable)
  19. Attend a book group for at least two books
  20. Go on a choir weekend (learn and perform difficult piece in two/three days)
  21. Visit Madame Tussaud's (in London)
  22. Take an architecture appreciation course
  23. Join an all-girl group and sing a solo
  24. Publish in a scientific journal (top two authors)
  25. Cook a duck or other 'waterfowl'.
  26. Locate the Al-Timimi's from Doha Veterinary Practise
  27. Have a pedicure
  28. Maintain a Brazilian (ouch) for three months.
  29. Find a trustworthy Czech hairdresser
  30. Treat my inner-6-year-old twice a week (at least)
  31. Do the liver-cleansing diet properly (12 weeks)
  32. Don't eat out for one month
  33. Find a flat and flatmate
  34. Purchase one Joseph sweater
  35. Purchase one of the following pairs of designer shoes (they MUST also be COMFORTABLE, and be able to be worn with 4 different outfits and 2 types of occasion): Jimmy Choos, Manolo Blahniks, Christian Louboutin (Ebay or 2nd hand are acceptable)
  36. Send 5 books to the booksphere and track them.
  37. Go hanggliding
  38. Read 10 'classic' books (from 1001 Books to Read before you Die)
    1. Moll Flanders
    2. Everything is illuminated
    3. Madam Bovary
    4. Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintainance
    5. Catch-22
    6. Odysseus
    7. On the Road
  1. Run (non-stop!) for 5kms outside (preferably in a street race thingy)
  2. Send Christmas Cards on time
  3. Make a collage/mural out of street lights on my wall
  4. Buy a bed, build it, and sleep soundly in it
  5. Go to Africa
  6. Host an 'event' (classified as and when)
  7. Organise a 30th Birthday Party
  8. Wear a costume
  9. Sing on stage
  10. Buy a painting that evokes memories of Prague (cannot involve queues!)
  11. Learn a god-damned card game that stays in my memory (other than fish/snap)
  12. See sunrise. Be sober. Have woken for it. Excludes months Nov-Mar
  13. Take a walk and flip coins at each intersection
  14. Win something
  15. Draft a will
  16. Take a roadtrip
  17. Go to Italy already
  18. Sea Kayak around Abel Tasman Park (NZ)
  19. Get plants
  20. Take a train to another Eastern European Destination (accession countries are acceptable) alone preferably.
  21. Get UK to give me a provisional motorcyclists license and simultaneously get a 'card' license.
  22. Go SCUBA diving again - at least two dives lasting 30mins each.
  23. Go to a dentist. *sigh*
  24. Do a Czech Wine Trail. And live to tell the tale
  25. Make an 'outbreak emergency kit'.
  26. Go to bed prior to 11pm every night (inc weekends) for four consecutive weeks.
  27. Marvel over lack of tiredness
  28. Dine at a Gordon Ramsey restaurant (or Nobu)- preferably for free.
  29. Bet on the nags
  30. Do something for charity (applying and getting a 'red card' will count)
  31. Walk along the Champs Elysee
  32. Do 100 sit ups in a row
  33. Do 50 pressups (arms in tight)
  34. Make branston pickle (or nearest substitute)
  35. Cook something 'new' and 'adventurous' at least once a month
  36. Find a mentor
  37. Be a mentor
  38. Learn what mentoring is all about
  39. Meet an online person in real life
  40. Resist the flirt. Once. Just one night. It's okay if people don't immediately succumb to my natural charm. Really it is.
  41. Spend time at a spa (spa towns in the CR don't count)
  42. Send a care package to someone
  43. Get a Tata Bojs CD
  45. Order new contact lenses.
  46. Make a list of things I take with me when I pack for different occasions
  47. Eat lobster. Prepared by someone else.
  48. Back up the blog
  49. Put everything onto an external hard drive
  50. Find a DDR mat and console and 'dance, I say dance!'�
  51. Go to the beach and lie on the warm sand. For an hour. (with sunscreen on, natch)
  52. Take and complete a course in either: Tango, Salsa or Flamenco
  53. Join the Municipal Library of Prague
  54. Move to another country
  55. Go to a live concert of a band I actually like
  56. Pay off debts (student loan excl.)
  57. Send thank you cards for every gift I receive (other than the gift of happiness, blah blah blah).
  58. Get an agent (literary or theatre)
  59. Go to a sports bar without cringing, by personal choice
  60. Ride a rollercoaster
  61. Hold a snake
  62. Spend a day wandering around a museum (not art gallery!)
The most beautiful city
Saturday, 17 September 2005
...apparently. Though at present, it just looks like an ancient wellington - bathed in the omnipresent glare of low lying clouds. Thankfully, my new flatmate has presented me with keys AND an umbrella...which I've already used.
So. I arrived in Prague last night. Phillip met me at the airport...bought me a vodka and off we went to the new place. Reassuringly he turned out not to be an axe murderer (or at least, he neglected to share this part of his personality with me) on the first meeting. However, the driving here is much like that in FOR your life, alternating between the accelerator pedal and the horn.
Found the flat (which has two entrances on parallel streets...apparently about the only parallel streets in this city) and met Marketa, a canadian czech. Far from being a 'studio apartment' as advertised, this is a HUGE apartment in which her father (a nuclear physicist - more later) and his partner (journalist) usually reside. She's housesitting and wanted to rent out the 'guest area' for some additional Kc. And why not. So...I've got a large room with a sofa bed (comfy - if a little squeaky) and an ensuite. I unpacked onto a movable rack/few shelves and voila...I'm here. Albeit with (already) a glass of "Kind-of-Mojito" in my hand (there were no mixers so: sugar, vodka and one sad looking lime = very very strong drink!).
Went along the road a bit and had dinner of gnocci, chicken & spinach (+ pack of Marlboro lights, two vodkas = NZD$28!!!!!!), great conversation (about our respective mothers, of course) and back home to sleep, perchance to charge ipod. Woke up to find room bathed with sunlight - mysterious since sun nowhere to be found in sky.
Made first excursion alone: off to Wenceslas Square and a bookshop from which one can get a good latte (still haven't seen a starbucks anywhere Cat!). Then to Tesco's for breakfast items. Sadly, Tesco's no longer appeared to be a supermarket - but sold EVERYTHING else (including electronics on the 4th floor, fabric on the 3rd, womens clothes on the 2nd, mens & sports on the 1st and toiletries/makeup/wine/perfume/cigars on the ground floor). Wandered (as much as one can on escalators) around and left, having finally decided to 'stock up' from the small 'dairy-style' section right at the front. Having found (UHT) milk, cereal and bread, I left the building - spying the DOWNSTAIRS supermarket as I wend my way back through the myriad of streets to home. Typical. Will make second excursion later to get sufficient ingredients to cook at least one meal in the next week. Such aspirations in one so young. (a weeks worth of breakfast stuff = NZD$14 inc 1L freshly squeezed OJ!)
Still...I got myself a new sim card too, the number to which I shall send in due course (via e-mail, this hardly seems an appropriate forum, given most of you don't bother reading it either!).
So far so good. Tonight I'm off out with Phillip and his mates. Tomorrow, I'm planning on wandering around the city on one of my new guide books "all day tours" that it advises. And then on Monday I tackle the public transport system. Stay tuned...
posted by Nomes @ Saturday, September 17, 2005  
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