Each day Lacey would wake up earlier than the rest of us and start her day at the cafe video chatting with Vanessa.
Once the rest of us got up we headed back to Stalin Square for another day of filming. We also met our new friend Anna Voronkova from Russia who moved to Prague a few years ago to skate the square...and attend school.
Lacey checking footage. You'll have to wait for the video to see.
Lisa, Georgi, Lacey and Jenna.
We walked all over the city and climbed more stairs than I have in years.
Ending day 2 with a good dinner and some sight seeing.
Lacey, her Mom Donna and I left LAX Monday morning for 3 flights and 17 hours of travel before landing in Prague the next day.
The Detroit to Amsterdam flight had personal entertainment at every seat. I watched 3-4 movies and played a couple games when I should have been sleeping. I would end up paying for that later.
Things got crazy when we arrived in Amsterdam for our last connecting flight to Prague. Lacey had carried her skateboard on the first 2 flights, but while going through Customs airport security grabbed her board and said it needed to be checked. After looking at our boarding passes we were told that we didn't have enough time to make it to the ticket counter and back so we would have to leave the skateboard there. That obviously wouldn't work since it was the whole purpose of the trip. Once you are past the first line of security in the airport it is not an easy task getting back to the ticketing counter, but we managed to do it just in time to catch our flight and watch Lacey's board get loaded with the cargo out the window. Whew!
Since our phones weren't working we weren't exactly sure how we were going to meet up with Jenna and Georgina who flew in from London a few hours earlier. We were nicely surprised to see them sitting at the airport just outside baggage claim. I felt pretty bad because I thought they would be ready to skate and we were all so tired from the traveling. Turns out they slept on the marble floor of the airport last night and were just as ready for sleep as we were.
After 15 hours of sleep we were finally up and ready to explore the city. We started the day off at the Half & Half cafe across from our flat which turned into our daily meeting spot due to Wi-Fi access, sandwiches, pizza, chocolate filled croissants and gelato.
We were pretty lost the first day, but Lacey took over on map duty and got us to Satlin Square...in a round about way.
Lacey backside lipslide. Straight to business filming lines.
Lacey backside smith.
Donna, Jenna, Georgina, Lisa and Lacey at Stalin Square.
On my way to Prague for a week long filming trip with Lacey and meeting up Jenna and Georgi from London. When WiFi is available I will be updating from my phone via Twitter daily and have full trip coverage up when I return. Follow at http://twitter.com/thesideproject.
Ana from Peru is a 6th year medical student currently working a month long rotation at a hospital in Indiana. With the help from her friends at Criminal Skateboards she was able to fly out to California to spend the weekend skating with the girls before going home. Something she doesn't get a chance to do often. We started the day off at a private park and had a fun session.
Afterwards we met up with Lacey at the Chino Hills Skatepark.
Lacey flexing her tranny skills.
Monica, Ana, Patiane, Leticia and Ana Paula lurking.
Lacey graduated from High School yesterday. Congratulations Bagel!
We got a slow start this morning and already felt it wasn't going to be the most productive day. Everyone was either hurt or sore from the days before. After breakfast we dropped Abisha off at the airport and went to the San Mateo park for a session before our long drive home.
Evelien Bouilliart, Erica Harris, Jessie Van Roechoudt, Staycee Lee and Morgen Lester.
Morgen "Road Warrior" Lester nose manual shuv-it out.
Jessie Van Roechoudt met up and was shredding.
Evelien Bouilliart and Lisa Whitaker.
The scenery was pretty amazing just outside of Gilroy, so we decided to break up the drive with a quick hike down to the lake.
Morgen and Evelien kept themselves entertained throwing rocks.
Evelien, Abisha and Morgen had never been to San Fransisco before, so we decided to check out the city and a few famous spots before the drive home.
Morgen Lester crooks.
Evelien Bouilliart front blunt.
During an attempt to kickflip the rock gap at 3rd & Army Kristina hyper extended her knee and minutes later Abisha rolled her ankle. 2 down in 10 minutes. No luck at this spot and time to move on...slowly.
The Thrasher Wallenberg contest is next weekend and $1000 is being offered to the first girl to ollie the big 4. Evelien couldn't wait to check it out. She will be back.
Beth, Staycee and Erica spectating. Who brings Fruity Pebbles to a skate spot?
Erica invited us to stay at her house so we took her up on the offer and a chance to skate one more day. Thanks Erica! What happens in the closet stays in the closet.
This morning I went down to the Vans Skatepark in Orange, CA to check out the Skateboard Mom's 5th annual Mighty Mama Skate-O-Rama. A handful of women traveled from all around California, Arizona and even Misssouri to spend their Mother's Day skating with friends and having a good time.