Sunday, May 25, 2008

Don't press mystery buttons

I was so proud of myself. I have only been here a couple of days and already done a good bit of grocery shopping and made a couple of really good meals for myself - good looking and nutritious if not flavorful.

But what happens when I get curious and decide to press little buttons in my mini-fridge here? I guess the freezer shuts off!

I open my fridge - which means that my freezer open because the door does not stay shut for some reason - and a small waterfall pours out over my food and into all the little drawers. I thought at first maybe one of my bottles of water had leaked - BUT NO - MY FREEZER ALL MELTED! Completely ruined the tomato I had in the crisper. Who makes an unlabeled button that turns off the freezer?

Anyway, so my day started by cleaning/drying out my fridge. Productive start. I have been very productive lately. I am getting a lot of studying for my course done which is good - I might need the head start. Getting a lot of enjoyable writing done which is something I wish I would have done more of the last time I was here.

Getting my day started at all is pretty good the past couple of days - The time change is kicking my butt. I'm a little tired anytime I am not doing something active and today was the first day I did not wake up at 4AM - this is what I saw my first morning at 4 AM

Little dark isn't it? 

That is from the balcony of my flat. I really enjoy it here. Its a small place - my bed is flush against my kitchen - but its nice. I'll add pictures of that later.

In the mean time I am outside a good amount trying to enjoy the fresh air and the mostly enjoyable weather. If I get going to fast and then slow down it gets warm fast - me melting is more of a concern than my fridge. Someone mentioned to me how hot it was here and I thought "but I've been there and its not that bad - its just like Wisconsin" - but then I remembered that Wisconsin get really humid and the person I was talking to was in the Czech Republic in July (the one month that I have not lived in the Czech Republic before) and July in Wisconsin can be very uncomfortable. So we'll see how this goes.

Anyway - I use the free time I have to sit and enjoy little things that I find. I love the detail in everything here. Nothing is too simple an object to be intricate in its design. Age only adds to the incredible nature of so much that you can find on any street - including the street itself with bricks that are reused each time the streets are redone.

Going to Slovakia later this week to see a friend. She lives in Zilina which is a place I have been before and look forward to going back to. I hope everyone is well at home and you are all enjoying your vacations - at least those of you who get vacations.


Jessica F. said...
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Jess said...

Justin, I cannot believe you are gone already; that is so exciting! Best of luck (even with all the mystery buttons) and I will definitely be keeping up with your blog. I wish I would have a chance to see you this summer, but I don't think you will be getting back until after I leave. Have fun!

jcromwell said...

Justin I am so glad your trip was safe and your new flat is nice.The pic was great! The leaking frig was a shame and most likely not to funny at the time. But it was humorous to read your thoughts on it. Thanks for sharing. I will keep up on your blog, so keep your thoughts and adventures coming! Be safe and have fun. Love You, aunt Julie