The Adventure Continues...

Rants, raves and random observations from an itinerant epidemiologist.

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!)
Friday, 14 April 2006
Easter Traditions here

Have warned Mark that if he thinks he can get away with that sort of carry on, he'll get more than a 'glazed egg' in return. PAH!

Regardless, I recieved a care package from Mum. In it were the following:
Ferrero Rocher
A Cadbury easter egg thingy that claims itself 'only chocolate' (ha, i've heard that justification before now)
CREME EGGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A million tablets of Panadeine (obviously for the chocolate-induced hangover)
A lily of the valley candle
A book by DRKoontz
2 Little Miss Books (Sunshine and Stubborn...hmm...what COULD she have been thinking?)
A newspaper article about a €310/night place in Morocco (which looked so nice I checked the prices before the panic attack)
A weekly magazine from her local paper
A jar of BOVRIL (hooray!!)
A pack of cotton wool balls (warning to all: do not save the squishiest present to be opened last. It is NOT a great jumper, nor a funky top. It is a bag of cotton wool balls, and your attempted enthusiasm will render you the recipient of a similar gift every year hereforthwith. I love it! When I start running out in March...I simply wait...)
A Vesele Velikonoce card and...
A music stand.

I was so touched, I cried (yes, I'm pathetic). Then I retouched my makeup and went to a tango lesson. I danced with a lovely gentleman (married) called Ivan. I was informed by Marek (male instructor) and Radka (female instructor) that I 'had to let the man lead'. Poor Ivan. But they also noticed that I already had a lot of skills needed...mostly the posture (essentially, me leaning on/over Ivan). By the end of the evening, we'd gotten the basic move and the ocho sorted out. I'm so impressed.

My life in Prague cannot be described as 'slow' or 'staid'. For those of you who like to keep my schedule close to your heart:
Friday: Collect Mark from his hotel. Drink with Marketa in town. Go back to mine (so I can change). Vibrations.
Saturday: Brunch at Tulip. Shop for a pack (he's sporty, he MUST know what I'll need) Dinner at Slavia with Mark & possibly cousins. Onwards to Popo, Bombay or somewhere else.
Sunday: Brunch at Radost. Do a walking thing (you know, like Prague-Walk-3 on Flickr). Maybe have Sunday Roast with some other english expats. (I hope so, it's been AGES since I've had a proper meal!).
Monday: Collect car. Drive to Cesky Krumlov. Alternative (if weather bad, timing poor etc) Karlovy Vary. Picnic (or something) along the way. Drop me off at home.
Tuesday: Dinner with an expat guy.
Wednesday: Rehearsal with Intunition
Thursday: Tango lesson. Recording Intunition.
Friday: Party. Performance for INtunition. Tango Show afterwards (not sure I'll go...)
Saturday: Fly to London. See NIS.
Sunday: SEE LIRA!!!!!!!!!!!
Monday: Head to Spain.

Hope the weather's better when I get there. It's raining here...and I've left my brolly at home...

The CR still refuses to admit that Massey University does not give degrees on the back of a Cornflakes box. They've turned down (don't recognise) my Bachelors and Masters (which were the initial degrees we sent them) and have said that I did not attend the correct courses to be considered to have the degrees. (not much point in sending the PhD then) Consequently, I'm still employed as a part-time-administrative assistant. Am going to have to be particularly beseeching when meeting the Director of the Institute on Tuesday to ask him to make an exception for me, and all those who follow me through the EPIET program in the CR.

I love this country. The smallest things are made impressively Herculean - getting change (coins) from a 100Kc note (20Kc coins) took me 10mins and three queues on Wednesday.

I have to take my suitcase back to the shop to get repaired, and I'm absolutely DREADING it. *sigh*
posted by Nomes @ Friday, April 14, 2006  
  • At 9:45 am, April 17, 2006, Blogger Mums said…

    Hi GNomes,
    Glad you liked the care package. Thought the music stand might be useful. And didn't you know that chocolate was the "new" green vegetable? Or maybe that was Bovril??
    We're back in Gladstone after a, I was going to say Herculean effort on the driving front by Ron, but then I realised I was repeating a word you'd used - bad form what?? - then I decided heck, it's the right word so has to be used. Obviously not been speaking to many people myself....
    We had a good weekend with the McCanns for Yvonne's birthday. Sonia & Duncan had booked them Saturday night in a swish hotel in Brisbane (about 50Km frm their home) and also tickets to the matinee of Fiddler on the Roof, with Topol playing the main character as he has for the last 40years! We had talked about taking them out for lunch on Saturday, so instead we drove into Brisbane and had dinner with them in their hotel - then drove ourselves and Dot, (Y's Ma) back to Redland Bay.
    The following day (Easter Sunday) they all went to a restaurant down near the Gold Coast, to which we were invited but we decided to head home. As it was we arrived home before they got back home. Yvonne declared it as her best ever birthday, and was delighted that we shared it too. Nice when that can happen serendipitously.
    So at least now I can start my life in Gladstone, having my own car. There's so much I've stored up waiting to do that I won't be finished doing just those things before I head to UK.
    As to your Moroccan Odyssey, just be aware that your Embassy Offical is not alone in his predilections. My Mother was offered seven camels for me way back in the distant past. I don't think she bothered to wait around to find out if they were the racing ones or not - who knew in those days that there was a difference? With luck and a following wind the three of you will be enough of an onslaught to frighten the natives into thinking twice......
    Anyway, have a super holiday, and do give Liorah our love. Same to Nerissa, though we don't know her half so well. We'll be thinking of you on your trip, and especially on your birthday - hence the early cotton wool balls. Love, Mums

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