Getting to Prague

19 Aug 1991

Today, this morning, on the day we were scheduled to depart from New York, the two biggest news stories were "Hurricane Bob" which was drifting up the east coast, and the Soviet coup in which the KGB and the military ousted Gorbachev, claiming that he was at a country home resting. There were a few moments of panic but the storm passed and we reassured ourselves (Dan spoke to the consulate) that we would be pretty much out of the way of danger and so here we are on the airplane, somewhere over the Atlantic.

I have given up trying to think or guess about what will happen when we get there, since I really have no idea what to expect and trying to figure it out just seems to make me nervous. More helpful is the feeling that I’ve managed to get a slight grasp on the idea that the world is not such a big scary place as I had thought and there isn’t much that can go wrong that can prevent me from having a great time if I just go slowly and not expect things to run too smoothly and be ready to be excited and intrigued by surprises.

Out of 4 people in our row, 3 seem to be writing in journals at the moment (2 of those being Daniel and me). Perhaps the 3rd person is not in fact writing in a journal. More later when we land, which will actually be tomorrow, as it is already 5:25 in Prague (though it is only 11:25 in NY).

plane.jpg (10041 bytes) plane ticket  to Frankfurt

train ticket to Prague tr_Praha.jpg (10544 bytes)

A plane ticket to Frankfurt and a train ticket to Prague via Nürnberg adds up to 31 hours of traveling. We met some great natives of Praha (Prague) on the train from Nürnberg to Prague. Since the ride was more than 6 hours long we spoke to them some of the time and slept some of the time. They spoke English really well and we asked them lots of questions about Prague and the Czech language. They seem to have new jobs (since the revolution) with the railway and so they travel on the train for free. They had been in France and they did not know about the coup until we told them.