Trip Start Jul 03, 2006
29Trip End Aug 20, 2006
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That meal was a great way to rejuvenate after a very difficult Czech lesson.
I went to two lectures this afternoon, one on Myths and Symbols of the Czech Nation and the second was the third in a series of 5 lectures on Czech history. The first lecture used power point and mostly talked about prejudices and (mis)perceptions about the Czech Republic. For example, the Western world considers the Czech Republic part of Eastern Europe, people still say Czechoslovakia and think the people here have no heart. The presentation was by a student from Spain who has lived here and taken pictures/done research as a hobby for the past 4 years, so it was his opinion. I thought it was very well done and entertaining. Plus, it was in the theatre room which is nice and cool w/ comfortable seats. The second lecture was Czech history from about 1450 to 1800. He covered the joining of the Hapsburg Empire in 1526 and the gradual decline of Czech culture for about 150 years, approx. 1620-1790. The Czech language was only spoken by peasants and almost disappeared. The population of Bohemia and Moravia was cut in half following the 30 years war, 1620-1650. That is crazy, considering they were very powerful in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Anyway, the wall around Olomouc was built again and again, starting in the 1500s and the current one was built to defend the city in the Silesian war in the 1740s. I wish I had learned as much in the Czech class. There is tons of information and I know it's helpful to learning the language but just now it's hard to understand. Maybe I can go on just having terrible grammar. No, that's lazy.
We might have a soccer game tonight, we had one last night. The country I forgot was the Czech Republic, duh. And we spoke in English, for everyone who inquired. :) English, mostly, with a little Spanish/Italian and Czech. Some guys spoke German if they were on the same team. Actually during the match, we spoke mostly Czech. No in-depth Czech conversations developed during the game for some odd reason. I don't know.
One of the things I can't get enough of over here is how many people participate in simple activities that we forgot long before my time: a family (grandparents with their children and grandchildren) going for a walk, people everywhere riding bikes together, families riding bikes together, people canoeing or kayaking down the river, a group of old ladies sitting on a bench under a tree for hours, passing time in the shade, chatting, whatever. Teenagers shooting baskets, not gender separated or all decked out in fancy gear or shoes, just having a good time. People walking their dogs.
I see these things all the time, every day. People walking or riding their bike to the grocery store. Try to imagine people out for a walk back home, not just a few here and there, but as in the sidewalks and paths are full of people just strolling along. Families, friends, everyone walking. Just for something to do. I'm pretty sure you get the point by now, I just think it's brilliant.
Well I haven't heard back from Krista yet about what they will reimburse me for, but I really need a way to tell time. A watch is the first device that comes to mind now that my cell phone's broke. But I'd like to know if I'd be reimbursed or not before I buy it. I'm starting to become aware of my dwindling account balance now... Maybe I'll change the setting on here so people can make a donation. We'll see. Well I'm off to enjoy the outdoors with the Czechs, thanks for reading.