On Friday, there was no school for the Czech St. Wenceslas day holiday. Ruda and I slept in for awhile before getting up and finding something to eat. In the afternoon around 3, we headed down to the park that’s by the pub to watch them put up the tree.
Basically there is a really tall tree that is cut down, stripped of all of its branches and bark except at the top, and then decorated with streamers and ribbons. Then a bunch of the guys from the village all work together to carry the tree down a hill and slowly but surely, stand it up in a hole. Then they fill in the hole with rocks and dirt until the tree can stand on its own.
After the tree was up, we went back to the house to work in the garden a bit. We had a small dinner in the early evening. Then later in the evening I went to Dita and Miloš’s house before we went dancing. They introduced me to some friends of theirs who are from Ostrava, who were really nice and spoke English. We went down to the pub together for the first night of dancing.
The first night of dancing was more of disco style music for the most part. I had fun meeting new people and dancing for hours. Michal introduced me to some of his friends who spoke English, which was really nice! To end the evening of dancing, there was a raffle for a bunch of different prizes. The prizes were everything from candles to large bottles of wine. When the dancing was over we went home, and I fell asleep as soon as I laid down.
Saturday morning I had to get up at 9:30, which felt early given that we were out late. Once I was dressed, I left the house and walked down to the pub to meet up with some people to start the parade around the village. There were 10 “couples” that were dressed in the traditional dress for the holiday. The 10 couples got in a line and we made our way as a group to the “main lady’s” house for the first dance.
On Sunday, I woke up around 10:30. I called my friend Madelyn for 3 hours and told her all about my amazing weekend, and of course we got distracted with other things as well. After calling her I was still tired from the last couple days so I went back to bed for a couple hours. When I woke up, Ruda and I decided to have lunch a little while later. After lunch we picked more pears, (I feel like I type this a lot, but there are a lot of pears to pick). We mostly hung out in our rooms all day resting. Then we had dinner and went to bed for school the next day.
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