For a while I thought my time in Prague was worthless. Sure I enjoyed living here, in this beautiful city. I enjoyed the runs along the river, the rainy days spent in the sofa with J., and exploring Czech Republic, its language and its culture. However, the feeling of disappointment was always bigger. Professionally, I always felt it was a mistake coming here. I know that now. I never really fitted in the group, both with the people and with the way things were managed, which was very hard to deal with on a daily basis. Still, coming here brought me good things, and especially good people, and I hope as time will pass I will remember those, much more than the hard moments. Coming here was not just a mistake, and in spite of all problems, I feel that my time here was worth it.
Living here brought me the lovely, happy and positive Ana. She is the most hard working person I have ever met, and even though most of the time her efforts were not recognised, she always gave her best. Her positive energy always made me feel better. She loved cycling even more than I love running! She left the job 2 months before me and I know she is happily spreading her energy elsewhere.
Ana and me, cycling in Prague. She let me use her dearest bicycle!!
Living here also brought me Daniela. Even though I don't know much about her, she is the person I met that I am most grateful for. She is my physiotherapist. Before coming here, I had problems in my upper back for years. I had tried different treatments and nothing worked permanently. I was convinced I would feel that pain everyday for the rest of my life. Then I met Daniela and she saved me! She is so good at what she does, and she understands the human body so well, that is impressive. She understood how important running is in my life, and she always encouraged me to keep doing it during the treatment. She also helped me during two running injuries and taught me a lot about my own body. I will never forget her.
Daniela prepared a set of exercises I should do to survive without her! Her drawings will be very helpful!
Living here brought me Bara. I also don't know so much about her. She has a "desk job" by day and she is an aerobics lecturer by night (ok, evening). She is great at Dance Aerobics, with cool and challenging choreographies every week. Her energy is contagious and even when she is not dancing, she looks like a dancer. Her classes always saved my Mondays and I will miss them and our conversations.
Me, Bara and Dana (another happy participant) at the end of my last dance class.
Living here brought me the artistic and selfless Martina. She is bubbly and colourful. She paints, draws, plays guitar, sings, smiles, laughs, and spreads joy around her. On top of that she is an excellent Czech language teacher, with infinite patience and care. She always used her creativity and artistic skills in class. Every time we asked her what a certain word meant, she draw it on the board. We learned Czech Christmas carols with her and her guitar. We acted situations to use more vocabulary, we walked around gardens to find body parts (she started that class by "there has been a catastrophe..." - I will never forget that one), we had to pretend we were Madonna, Arnold Schwarzenegger or the Pope, among some many other things that livened up the classes. What I will miss the most is all our conversations, laughs and to hear her beautiful voice during her concerts.
Martina during her concert last Sunday.
I just noticed they were all girls, which is good for a change. I will miss them all but I'm really glad our paths crossed.