8:00am – fewer people at breakfast this morning. Possibly due to the late night and the emotionally exhausting day, not to mention a couple of hangovers (and that was just the teachers!). I decided it was worth getting up to prepare for another gruelling nine/ten hour bus ride. 8:50am – Carla was still in bed and had to be reminded that the bus was due to leave in ten minutes. She was not a pretty sight!
9:00am – everybody was on the bus, looking a little tired and groggy. Everyone, that is, except Mr. Wood. Trust it to be a teacher to let the side down!
9:30am – the boredom set in quickly this time and there were calls for a sing-a-long or some entertainment, so Aidan took up the request and positioned himself next to me at the front of the bus with the microphone. After half an hour of Alexei Sayle songs and a Star Wars tribute to the tune of “American Pie” most people were complaining of bleeding ears and Aidan was sent back to his seat.
12:00pm – After Aidan’s singing I think that most people resigned themselves to the thought of a very long bus journey so nodded off. As Robert would say “the banter simply stopped flowing” for a short period of time
1:30pm – a much needed stop for lunch at another scary looking Czech service station. Mr Brown tried to order us some hamburgers but instead we were served a very strange looking pork casserole on toast. One of the more interesting meals I think I have ever had!
2:00pm – back on the road again, but by this time I think we had all gone slightly mad. Talk at the front of the bus had turned to the “random cow” someone had seen in a field and the next couple of hours were spent trying to work out how we could include a random cow into this year’s Christmas pantomime. The random cow then became a topic for a limerick and this was perhaps the best effort from Mark: there was a random cow whose duty was to plough. He ploughed all day For little pay Which he spent on his sow. (I did tell you we had all lost our minds by this point!) We had to draw a line when people then began to spot random geese, pigs, horses etc. It turned into spotting Old McDonald’s farm! At the back of the bus, people were entertaining themselves by singing a number of dodgy rugby songs, including the Yogi Bear song. Unfortunately the lyrics to that one are just too filthy to make it to the web-site, but that didn’t stop Carla and Robert singing it for the rest of the trip! Ms. Bovill managed to miss most of this madness by sleeping in what looked like a very uncomfortable position at the front of the bus. I’m surprised she could walk again afterwards.
4:00pm – we made another stop at another scary service station. Carla bought a burger that looked like it was still alive and only took a bite out of it after a bet. The rest of us were quite horrified! Still, at least she threw hers away. Aidan insisted on eating his hot dog, and that was after it had winked at him!
7:00pm – we reached our hotel in Prague just before we all lost our minds completely. Any more talk of random cows or other surreal suggestions for my precious school panto and I would have snapped! We had about half an hour to freshen up before going out for dinner. I have to say I did appreciate having a little time to myself to try and sort out my belongings and my head!
7:30pm – after a very quick hour we were back on the bus for a very short trip down to the river Vltava. Here we went for dinner on a lovely boat, which cruised down the river. I think most people actually managed to find something they could eat as the buffet even had chicken nuggets on offer!
10:00pm after our two hour cruise on the boat, which had been fantastic, we took a short walk to central square where most of us sat at an outdoor café and had a drink before heading back to the bus. The old square looked amazing in the moonlight and it was a very relaxing end to the day.
12:00pm – the end of another exhausting day, and my bed was most welcome that night!