From Czech

Report from the Czech Front (Yes, we’re back!)

Well; we arrived at Czech on Friday evening after an exhausting trip, but alhamdulilah safe and sound. It’s summer in Czech so the temperature is around Kuwaiti winter or (that very short) spring, quite bearable even though there is no AC here. Dori’s enjoying her green trips now all around the little town, into the forest, watching leaves and trees and river; we caught some ducks as well as – to my very surprise – an otter in the pond here. Definitely some different stuff unlike in Kuwait. No more sand in places before unknown, few dried up bushes, thirst-suffering palm trees and some kind of durable broad-leaved tree which won’t give up even in the insane heats. We’ve got trees, rivers, meadows, animals, flies, bees, bugs, mosquitoes, ticks and other fun things in here.

Dandelion fun!

Worried otter

Virgin Maria praying for safety among building materials on the lower floor of our house. (Look at her, hijabi, they get everywhere these Muslim punks!)

So far I’ve just run few enquiries about my business here, half of which i know now, and other half yet to be asked and perhaps even solved. If that goes well I’ll have to run the stamping marathon again, now for two papers, but inshallah at that point it won’t be such a problem anymore. At least I know where to go and what to bring now, since it won’t be my first time, right… Like 50CZK stamp for Ministry of foreign affairs, which I didn’t know I should have, and had to run around the Prague Castle Court to find a post office which would be selling such a thing. I did, but I bet I’ve sweated down at least a kilo of my body weight.


Well, this is about to be the end of my visit of Czech, I managed – under a handful of stress – to get the stamping done with the last one happening like in an American movie, in the last minutes possible. But done, nevertheless. I have prayed, for the first time in my life, for the taxi driver I’ve picked up on Wenceslas Square to actually behave like a taxi driver – cut in front of others, run over slow walking people, go against the flow so to say, because I was in a dire hurry to get to the embassy before the counsellor casually walks out for the Friday night and leaves me with desperation and things undone standing in front of the closed building. I assume he understood my time limits from me nervously checking my Blackberry every 30 seconds for time, especially when we got stuck in a traffic jam (all right, he didn’t go over the walk path in that case), but he cut the road to the embassy building and went in wrong direction and over red lights just to get there. I swallowed my heart by then, but hey – the stamp is there, on the list. He also made me say “Sweet Jesus” after asking for the fare money ’cause he honestly and completely truly ripped the feathers of my chicken butt (almost 2 KWD a kilometre). He laughed, probably didn’t think a Muslim girl would say that.
Today I’ve finally got some time to get out on the well known clear and fresh air of the region I’m residing in, and snap some very quick pictures on the walk.
It’s right after winter so the nature is defrosting with occasional frost over the night still and some hoarfrost over here and there, but the smell indicates the spring coming, unstoppably.
Me and my mum strolled over the routes we used to take when I was younger, and reminisced a little, and wondered how much things changed in the past few years I haven’t been around the Czech Highlands much. Trees torn down for wood and not replaced, fields widened, roads disappeared, water gone dark and dirty from seasoning tourists swimming all pickled in creams and factors and perfumes, letting the water wash it off and keep it. From azure blue, transparent water in a past quarry I used to swim almost alone years ago, to dark blue, petroleum reminding liquid I wouldn’t touch with my bare foot now. God knows, it might dissolve me. Tax for civilization (read: city people and their trendy magazines) discovering the odds and ends only few kids and villagers used to know about in here.

The castle and museum in Kamenice nad Lipou, Czech Republic

In the fields beyond the little town

The long abandoned (and tourist found) flooded granite quarry

Tomorrow by afternoon I’ll be boarding a plane to Dubai again and hopefully arrive safely, as well on the second flight to Kuwait City. It’s spring there too, all right, with about 20 degrees difference between here and there, so lets see – it took me just a bit to get accustomed to the cold breeze in here again; but I’m afraid that as a winter lover I’ll have it harder getting back to the heat rails.
But hubby mentioned some trip to the sea so maybe I’ll just drop the heats behind my back and enjoy the endless blue amounts of salty water. We’ll see.

Also, I would like to thank to Míša a.k.a. Velchi for her superb hospitality and food and roof she’d share with me during my struggles in the stamp war, Prague fighting line. Delicious soup and scones and fun chat, thanks a lot! Hope to meet you again :)

So, You Want a Stamp?

Just a short update from my necessary visit of my homeland – I need a simple stamp, on a simple document; as stated in previous entries, I need a stamp from Kuwait Embassy in Czech, on a birth certificate for my daughter, so they may (and also may not) decide to grant her the permit to stay in the country.
So, yes, basically I need one damn stamp. Simple task, right?

For that stamp, I have to have a stamp, for which I need a stamp, for which I got a stamp, after I announced the intention to get a stamp.
All of the above happens in different towns and cities, of course; with closest being my place of current residency, other 20km away, another 50km, and two others 120km from here, both last in same town but not same place and lets be honest – Prague certainly is a big city already, at least when it comes to having a short period of time and a lot of bureaucracy obstacles to overcome. I use public transportation and as such I’m rather tied up in terms of travel time.
I’m in step three of five, with uncertainty about the success of this one, as the offices don’t really work on Tuesdays and Thursdays and lets don’t bullshit ourselves, who works on Friday. I’m running out of time although I didn’t slack at all; and it doesn’t make me happy.
Something is seriously wrong in this country; just tell me, what?

A Year After

Dramatic heading, isn’t it? :) Not so dramatic content of it, however; it’s just been over a year I’ve been in Czech. Nothing much seems to be changed; Islam still lifts newspapers’ popularity with deeply suggestive content (I’m now referring to a magazine made by a newspaper claiming to be the most serious news oracle in the whole country, which put in sale a very blatant article pretending to be neutral interview with Muslim women, but ending being simply awful and once again damaging the fame of the small and already torn apart Islamic community of Czech Republic).
People still do stare on hijab, at least in the small towns, and officialities are still pain in butt to get done. I’ve, however, managed to get half of my work done already, which is positive – my criminal record didn’t require any waiting time anymore as it used to be, and I got it instantly after asking for it. Yay me!
Now the harder part, but inshallah even that will get through.
My travel wasn’t unpleasant, neither jolly, as I hate the murmur of airports and looking for the gates (Dubai airport has got around 300 departure gates, it indeed is very big and somewhat confusing place; Heathrow still leads in confusion, nevertheless.)
As I departed from Kuwait during the night, before fajr prayer came into the play, I’ve had the possibility to enjoy a great show on my second flight from Dubai, when we were crossing over Iran; Shiraz is a very mountainous area and offers a great deal of amazing aerial views. Early morning, clear sky, precious land under us, with tiny dots of housings and villages scattered throughout the mountains.

I’ve slept more than half of the flight and usually started to nap when clouds came into the picture, as that is rather boring (and quite painful for my eyes as well) to watch; woke up over Romania and enjoyed another bunch of hilly, snowy views, than woke up after Wien, which is almost at home, so I stayed up, read up a book from duty free shop I bought in Dubai, and enjoyed juices and chocolate a flight attendant kept on bringing to me, obviously fond of me, but without any signs of any kind of interest from my side – a little more tucked in the hijab and abaya, perhaps, after I realized it.
I miss my husband and little daughetr already, but things have to be done and they’re not gonna be done without me being here; so – let’s roll.

PS.: Excuse the quality of the pictures in this entry; they’re taken on iPod, as my camera was having a lift in my luggage so I won’t be dragging too many bags with me, and iPod was the only device I could use to get a snap of at least a little of what I liked so much. Plus, small area of economy class seating doesn’t allow much space to position myself, either.

O růžovém proužku tam, kde má být burgundy

Vrátily jsme se z ČR, nakažené jakousi bleskovou střevní chorobou nutící člověka zvracet několik hodin v kuse každou půl hodinku i častěji; úžasné cestování po noci strávené zírající do mísy. Ale přežily jsme, a na anglické půdě polomrtvě padly do postele ještě před osmou, protože 10 hodin cesty v takovém stavu přeci jenom bylo vyčerpávájící.
Mně ale bylo tak nějak blbě už před nakažením se; můj porouchaný dolejšek zase jednou stávkoval (dobré do chudé rodiny – ono se tak hodně ušetří na ženských proprietách), a manžel po jisté době rozhodl, že už nejistotu neunese a donutil mne otestovat se. Několikrát, jak se pořád stávkovalo. Po 4 testech uznal, že jsem to opravdu jen stará já, hormonálně labilní žena, a uklidnil se.
Ježto jsem matkou jednoho potomčete, nedalo mi to, a ještě jsem si tajně před několika dny skočila do obchodu pro další test, na základě jistých znamení nejistá, jestli je to jen rozbouřené PMS nebo skutečně to, co si myslím (jenže s mojí frekvencí stávek se člověk stane po druhém, třetím podezření značně skeptický a ignoruje mnoho znamení); a k mému překvapení testovací proužek již nebyl nepřítomný, alébrž lehce přitomný. Druhý test ráno poté měl ten samý výsledek.
Nejistá si manželovou reakcí na načasování potenciálního druhého potomka, rozhodla jsem se, že si to nechám pro sebe a skočím k doktorovi pro potvrzení nebo vyvrácení podezření. Není proč ho panikařit, že.
Ano, rozhodla jsem se; problém nastává ve chvíli, kdy Abood do dveří vstoupí doopravdy, ne jen v myšlenkách, a já prostě neudržím poker face. Neumím mu lhát ani zastírat.
Tajemství o růžovém proužku je tedy prozrazeno, a mé obavy vyvráceny, Abood vypadá naopak šťastně – i když asi stejně vyděšeně jako já. Pokud se totiž těhotenství potvrdí, budu se stěhovat ze Severní Anglie do pouštního Kuvajtu nejméně v šestém měsíci. Cesty letadlem s dcerou jsou vyčerpávající i bez břicha a to létáme dvakrát dvě hodiny; představa letu z UK do ČR a po vyřízení papírů Praha – Dubaj – Kuvajt nebo přímý let i s kufry a serepetičkami pro nový život v nové zemi (a s novým potomkem) mně tedy zrovna neblaží.
Ale pokud to má být, tak to bude.
Dnes jsem tedy skočila k doktorovi, bohužel má představa návštěvy doktora pro potvrzení těhotenství je veskrze česká, stejně jako má zkušenost, a tudíž 48 hodin čekání na to, aby mi otestovali lahvinku, kterou mi dali na malou, mne trošku rozhodilo. Žádný krevní test? Ultrazvuk, třeba? Když mi vyšel růžový proužek s Doubravkou, první věc, kterou moje gynekoložka udělala, otestovala normálně, vzala krev a nahnala mne na ultrazvuk i bez potvrzení o krvi. Vědělo se tak hned.
Tady čekám dva dny na domácký test okolo HCG a pokud jim nevyjde, ničeho jiného se nedočkám… není divu, že tu ženy často nevědí o těhotenství i do pátého měsíce; v mnoha případech totiž test moči vyjde negativní díky nízké hladině HCG. Případně, že tu umírají na všelijaké rakoviny okolo dělohy a vaječníků o tolik častěji než v ČR.
Ano, to je snad jediná věc, která mi chybí a o které vím od začátku – naši doktoři se sice neusmívají tak jako ti místní, ale znají svou práci mnohem lépe.
Tak ve středu uvidíme, co se děje.
Ať to dopadne jakkoliv, bude to pro naše dobro. Že?

Image courtesy to TsukiokaMokona


PS.:Proč mi nikdo neřekl, že tam mám ůžasné a ne úžasné?! Trklo mě to až o den později!


So I’ve found my alt saxophone.
It was hidden well under an old shelf, long time unused (the shelf I mean), and facing the wall and upside down, so not really easy to indentify on the first glance.
But, nevertheless, it was found.
I took it out of the shell and assembled it, and tried … well. I tried to play some tones. I did, actually. Not really a pleasant tone after so many years I haven’t touched any of those instruments. It’s been, let’s see, about – 5, 6 years?
So after blowing my lungs out for about 5 minutes on the golden honey I’ve felt like running a marathon; hardly catching any breath and my mouth trembling from pain in mimic muscles around the lips, being unused for this kind of activity for so long.
But I’ve found it! And it felt awesome. Like meeting an old, missed friend.
And inshallah, inshallah, I will be able to take it to Kuwait without losing it or breaking it on some lousy airport…
I’ve also noted a tragical drop in visits of my site. Sadly enough, most of the visits paid to my site are coming from other popular blogs based in Czech Republic (Nigeria, Manzelka, Dewberry) and these visitors seem to either not acknowledge English as worthwhile and close the site in the very second of opening it and noticing that bloody language I dare to use; or they simply don’t know English well (or at all) so they don’t bother to even try. So basically English = dead blog in the sphere I float.
I believe my English is really not hard to read (ok, I admit it might be hard to comprehend what I actually wanted to say by this or that, but vocabulary-wise) and so it happens I prefer to use it for my husband and english speaking friends and perhaps side of family can also enjoy some of my blabber.
So don’t throw away the site just because of the unstable language mind I’ve got; that’s just silly! :D