Aqua Palace, Prague

DSC_1393.jpg

It’s June, and we are spending the week with some of our best friends in the world.  No longer neighbors under the jacaronda trees in our quiet Zambian neighborhood, instead we traded bush camping with lions for a shameless, child-oriented vacation of water slides, sun screen, and a swim-up bar where the kids can get slushies!

It’s fun to say slushies.

DSC_1286.jpg

DSC_1270.jpg

You know you have been overseas too long when you travel to Prague for the weekend just to hang out at the Aqua Palace.

And you all end up having a blast!

DSC03528.jpg

IM177992.jpg

DSC_1331.jpg

These faces spent the whole weekend plastered with smiles.

DSC_1348

DSC03479.jpg

What is it about water parks that makes everyone giddy?  Splashing, rolling, getting tossed about and finally dunked into a pool of swirling water, barely able to see through the chlorinated spray that burns your eyes.  Maybe even coming up to find someone’s feet in your armpits?  Complete strangers, with their body parts touching parts of yours that rarely get touched by other humans, and yet we are all uncontrollably laughing!  Your suit came off, ha ha ha!!  That’s so funny!  I can’t see!  I can’t breathe!  That hurt so much!  Ha ha ha!!  Did you see me get slammed into that wall?  Ha ha ha!!  Come on, let’s do it again!

DSC_1312 (1).jpg

DSC_1319.jpg

And we do, over and over again, I guess because we all really like this feeling of uninhibited joy.  Kids and adults both, it’s like a drug that transforms our sense of the world for this brief time and makes all the problems slip away.

DSC03471.jpg

IM178004.jpg

DSC03498.jpg

Going to water parks in other countries also brings with it the cultural experience of Eastern Europe.  Karaoke?  Check.  Beauty pageants?  Check.  A stage full of beautiful girls singing karaoke in thongs wasn’t enough to distract our 9-year old boys, but I imagine that day is coming.  We could write a whole chapter on the swimsuits of both the men and the women, but since that borders on catty, here is a picture of a family that showed up in their bathrobes.

DSC_1273.jpg

Our rooms were great, we loved the beds, and of course we loved the buffet breakfast.  The staff were friendly, the hallways were bright, and the music was happy and fun.  Water parks in eastern Europe have no rules.  Running by the pool?  Going down slides backwards?  Making a human chain with 15 of your best friends and jumping in the tube all at once?  Sure!

DSC_1259.jpg

The wave pool had an ice cream bar and a huge pirate ship.

DSC_1254.jpg

Best of all, the water was heated!  The water slides were warm enough even for me!

DSC_1246.jpg

How many more years do we have when our kids are still so excited by water slides?  Or by a lobby full of little stuffed ponies?

DSC_1390.jpg

We all agreed the Aqua Palace was a success.  Oh, and we also visited Prague!

DSC_1164.jpg

DSC_1178 (1).jpg

Does sitting around playing with fidget spinners count as “visiting Prague?”

DSC_1212.jpg

What about eating goulash at a metro station, or listening to a string quartet play “The Final Countdown” on the Charles Bridge?

DSC_1186.jpg

We coaxed the kids through churches and squares, found a playground, had cinnamon doughnuts, and watched the changing of the guard at Prague Castle.

DSC_1209.jpg

Eli and Gabe made this puppet dance!

DSC_1239.jpg

For a 9-year old it’s hard even for Prague to compete with the Aqua Palace, but we still agree, that on both ends of the vacation spectrum, this trip was the best ever.

DSC_1222.jpg

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s