flag(Vsetín, Zlinsky Kraj, Czech Republic). It’s wet this morning as I crawled out of bed at 5 am for my English class at the factory where they make blinds. It was chilly as well as I made my way up to school to get the car for the trip up the road. Personally I like rainy days. Too much sun can get very boring after a while. I like seeing the street lights reflecting in puddles along the street just before the sun comes up. Today (Wednesday) marks my third week here in the Czech Republic and even though the newness has worn off as my classes begin, there is a comfortableness about living here in Vsetin. I’m no longer embarrassed to fumble with the money as I reach the check-out register. I smile at people and they smile back, mostly out of pity I would imagine. I like it here is what I am getting at. There will be more challenges as my schedule fills out in the coming weeks, but so far, the students I have had are wonderful and fun to be with. Even some of my humor gets across (if one could call it humor). The ladies at the factory this morning are beginners and so the class went a little more slowly than I had planned but they seemed relaxed and from time to time they asked me to slow down. I tend to over-prepare my classes with tons more activities than we have time for but that is just the way I operate. It will leave some activities for the next time. After I told them I was from California, they wanted to know about movie stars and beaches and surfing. I tried to explain that I was from Northern California and there were very few movie stars out and about I think they understood. Delightful people. My apartment is comfortable and within walking distance of markets, butcher shops, bakeries and school. I am obviously walking more now than I have in recent years. When I worked at Language Pacifica in Menlo Park, I drove the two blocks from our apartment to school…so Californian. Now, I find that I see more when I walk. I see people’s faces and what’s in the shops. It’s much more relaxing. I am sure when the snows come I will probably be walking a little faster to keep warm. So the time spent so far has gone by fast. I have met many wonderful people both Czech speakers and English speakers so in that regard I don’t feel alone. and so it goes…