Trip Start Feb 10, 2011
9Trip End Jul 01, 2011
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People don't really celebrate Valentine's day here so celebrate it extra for me back home :-)
Okay SO. Things have gotten a lot better since my first post, so do not be alarmed. I think traveling is the hardest part. I basically slept for almost two straight days and now feel back to normal.
On Saturday, my lovely tutor Jana took Lindsey and I all over Brno. We went to an ancient church that was amazingly beautiful, with the most intricate stained-glass I have ever seen from the 12th century. We also went to a castle, but it was not nearly as impressive as the church. There was one particularly terrifying moment, though
Sunday was another fun day. I had my first really delicious Czech food (broccoli with cheese) and my first Czech beer! I was so excited I took a picture. After lunch, all of the international students (there are over 200 of us studying here for a semester, from all over the world) met in the city for a scavenger hunt. We all crowded around a statue of Mr. T.G. Masaryk, the first president of Czechoslovakia and the namesake of the school, and got our assignments. We had to do silly things like check the prices of food in the supermarket and ask strangers what certain Czech slang meant. Unfortunately, my group got very, very lost, and ended up getting back two hours after the scavenger hunt had ended. And, to add insult to injury, we didn't even finish everything!
Monday saw the start of the official orientation week, and I have been doing a LOT
Yesterday the Czech language intensive started! It is a two and a half hour class that is a lot of fun, but it definitely reinforces how extremely difficult Czech is. An American professor here put it this way; if your first language is not Slavik, you have to study and practice for hours a day to become proficient in Czech. It is not a language that you just pick up while you're here. It is a very beautiful language though, and I have learned a few words and phrases.
After class, ten of us went out to dinner. We went to a little restaurant (restaurace) walking distance from our dorms, and had a wonderful time. There was a little fake train station and tiny town next to our table, and I kept wondering it a train was going to come. We all ordered our drinks (pivo all around), and about ten minutes later here comes the train...carrying our drinks
Ok folks I will try to update more often so my posts aren't quite so long! But for now, I am going to go to the Mandarin club and see what it's all about. :-)
Oh, by the way my Skype name is Annalee.Craigmile, so skype me anytime! I would love to hear from you!