Well, Prague has been a bit expensive (Joel, you should watch the bank account). I am missing all the art fairs in Michigan this summer, but never fear… the Charles bridge in Prague is like a giant art fair with lots of stuff that I’ve never seen before. I have purchased a few new pairs of earrings and I also ended up purchasing a set of ceramic mugs that change color in the light. The handles are really cool and I know that if Joel was with me, he would’ve bought them too.
It was a bit of an adventure getting the mugs shipped home. First I had to find the main post office (as it was a holiday and all the smaller post offices were closed). Then I had to buy a box. It is up to you to pack the box, and I had no packing material. So after digging around in my backpack I used crumpled-up concert flyers (which people on the street hand you) and some articles from the Chronicle of Higher Ed that I had saved from my earlier reading. Joel – you will need to save the crumpled up articles when you get the box in 1-2 weeks. I’m not sure that the mugs will survive the trip, but I certainly hope so. If not, then I will have some beautiful pieces of ceramic pottery to do an art project with.
Anyways, back to the story. Then you have to decide on sea or air method for shipping. By sea it takes 1-2 months, by air it takes 1-2 weeks, but is twice as expensive. Even shipping by air, it was really no more expensive than it takes to ship a christmas present in the U.S., so I opted for air method, so that the suspense (will the mugs survive the trip) will not be too much. They did not take credit cards, so then I had to go find an ATM, and go back to pay. So, that was a bit of an adventure. It was a nice adventure, though, as the inside of the main post office was very beautiful and I took one picture before I was told no photos (the guy you see approaching the photo is going to tell me to stop taking pictures).
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