Leaving for Praha soon

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Friday, August 4, 2006

Hey everybody. I'm starting to get excited for Prague, we leave in about two hours and are taking buses. I feel like I've been in Olomouc for a long time so it will feel great to get to the big wonderful city of Prague! So the weather has changed quite a lot since I arrived here, now it's rainy, overcast and dreary. It's a little chilly in fact. Still humid though. The rain is not such an unwelcome occurrence; it's a nice change of pace (as long as it's short-lived) :)

Well yesterday we watched a documentary movie about girls and Cosmo and how some people are obsessed with cosmetics, plastic surgery, weight and body form and so forth. It was a little dull to me, but okay. They showed a lady getting implant surgery and it was gory. I think the reason they made a documentary about this phenomenon is because it's relatively new over here, whereas back home, it's old news.

I want to share the dancing experience I had two days ago but words are not a good medium to pass it along. But I'll try. So after we spent about an hour singing a bunch of Czech songs, we divided into guys and girls. The men went into a different room, there were about 15 of us and 2 instructors. I should call them Lords of the Dance, that's what they were. Anyway, the first thing they did was pass around wine to everybody to help us loosen up and because wine drinking would always accompany dancing, they said. I think all it did was make everything funnier. So the experts started by showing us one step where you stand on one foot and swing the other around in a half-circle in front of you, then hop and bring your feet together. Then repeat with the other foot. The next step we "learned" was standing on one foot and "threading" your leg in and out while turning in a circle.
Now, all the dance moves we learned had to be done with your arms straight in the air, almost like the "Y" if you are doing the YMCA dance. But you have to stick your chest out and look strong and manly while you point your toes and hop around on one foot. They encouraged us to mix the steps together as we liked and make combinations. The move I liked was where you kind of rock back and forth, pointing your toes down and jumping forwards and backwards from foot to foot.
The funniest was when they started slapping their legs: knees, shins, even feet. Sometimes they would jump up with both feet together, bend their knees, and slap their feet, then go straight into the leg threading move and maybe slap their shin, or perhaps spin around and slap and jump and hop all at the same time. You had to be there.
There were even more moves I can't remember but I know it was unique. These guys were good. It was so funny to watch all the guys trying to do it, even the old British guys, and some people were really into it. The other Americans didn't really try too much but the French guys seemed to be having a blast.

So after we all perfected (ha) our skills, it was time to show the ladies. So we went back into the room and sat down while they showed us what they learned. They had it way easy. Their dance was to form two circles, one inside the other, and kind of walk around and around. Not walk, but move somehow, like with their shoulders and stuff. Then we got up and did our thing. I wish I had a video of it. There were so many moves they showed us and we had no idea what we were doing but it was great fun to be ridiculous. I don't think I I've laughed so hard in a long time.

So other than that, today was our last day of class with our teacher, the second half of the course will be taught by a different teacher. I liked our teacher, her name is Misa and she's as sweet as can be. Almost too nice, I haven't been doing my homework. Well, I've been doing it somewhat. Anyway, she's going on a holiday now and I don't know who our teacher will be.

I haven't heard back from Veronika yet, I emailed her three days ago I think. I really hope we can get together before I go back. And I haven't heard from Jaromir from the train yet either, I think he gets back soon. So I will probably write from Prague this weekend, maybe it will be exciting. I would like to use the computer at the Lunik hotel but I won't know any guests so I don't think I will try. But the receptionist was really nice (and cute) so maybe I will go visit her. :) We'll see.
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jackiebuchta
jackiebuchta on

So sorry I missed the dance!
Oh, my goodness! I laughed and laughed just reading it! I hope you were more like the French than the Americans, and gave it a good shot! You'll have to teach us when you get back! You have to remeber the men's and ladies' parts, so we can all try it! I, too, wish you'd had a video of it! What fun! :) I do hope you're able to meet up with Veronika, Jaromir, and Sebastian. Sounds like Father Jim wasn't able to get to you; I guess he's returning soon. Have fun in Praha. Just last night I read a Guideposts article about a Jewish man who, in WWII, was in Terezin. He was scheduled to be killed in the gas chamber at 10 A.M. the day the Allies came in at 8 A.M. I'll show it to you when you get back. Na shle! Z Bohem!

geritolbert
geritolbert on

Dance on!
I'll be anxiously awaiting a demonstration when you get back. It suonds at least as much fun as the polka.!

Geri

monicabrown
monicabrown on

no polkas?
The dance sounded so fun! Hope Prague is great and you get to see all the folks you wanted to. Tomorrow we go to Wilber, fun, but it 's no match for Prague. I'll eat a Wilber Weinie for you. And yes, we'll bring some home frozen for you to enjoy upon your return. Monica

zachb.
zachb. on

Hey ben whats up!
That dance sounds like fun! I'm at the Beacoms right now. I just signed up so I can post comments! We're going to Wilbur soon. Well I've got to go eat breakfast. Have fun! :)

Zach

carriebearie
carriebearie on

'I take life one pivo at a time'
...that's the saying on the pin I got for you today in Wilber! It reminded me of you, and I figured you would have liked to go, but couldn't, so I got you a souvenier anyway. Wilber was HOT HOT HOT! It got up to 103 degrees at one point. Thank goodness I was NOT in my kroj! My mom and I got a big GORGEOUS book all about authentic kroj, but its all in Czech, so we figured between you, your mom, Grandma, and Marta we'll be able to understand it all. I also got some new garnets (in exchange for the ones I got after being a Queen since I already had some like that) that are quite lovely! And the food was tasty as always. Now about your entry, the dance seems fun but confusing! Hopefully you will show the family sometime. I'm glad you are so social and are doing all these activities like movies and soccer and dancing. And that diet from the last entry...what a strange combination of foods! (Natalie - ME TOO! I'd love to go to Czecha/Prague for my honeymoon!) All this talk of Czech stuff is really making me think about taking Czech language classes through UNL. We'll see! Thanks for the inspiration, Ben!
:-D
Carrie

valandbrent
valandbrent on

Doin' the dance
Just wanted you to know that we reenacted the dance in our basement according to your description. It worked fabulously! But we didn't give the kids the wine.

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