Studentsky Ball

Trip Start Jan 30, 2003
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Trip End Jun 23, 2003


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Wednesday, March 12, 2003

Last Wednesday was the ball for all university students in Prague. It was a ball in every sense of the word, similar to the last scene in Beauty and the Beast. The setting was a modern Czech palace designed with elaborate chandeliers, red carpeted stairs and the whole interior was sculpted out of marble.

In high school, all of the Czech students are forced to take dance lessons like we have to learn French. The result is a ballroom full of excellent dancers able to move perfectly to any type of music the 12 piece band played, it was truly amazing to watch.

As I stood in the hall, somebody gave me a hug from behind and I turned around to see Ales who was on exchange at Ivey last semester. He told me that he would take me downstairs to introduce me to his girlfriend and her friend. We arrived at their table and I was introduced to "that girl" in the movies whos always transformed from the quiet and shy librarian type bookworm to the beautiful and charming young lady who is always in the running for prom queen. The only difference here was no makeover could ever help her (to put it mildly). She told me that she wanted to teach me some classic Czech dances so we should go to the ballroom. As she stood up, it just got worse because she was about 6'2" tall. If anyone has seen Deuce Bigelow, picture the scene where Rob Schneider is hired by the giant German woman, that's how I felt. It was almost impossible not to step on her clown-sized feet as we tried to dance. The only good thing was that I was at eye level with her...shoulder straps. I got out of there after two dances as quickly as possible and found my friends who were all having a great laugh. The rest of the night was a ton of fun, it was a true Czech cultural experience!

Tomorrow I leave for my 210km biking trip to Cesky Krumlov and Im super excited! Its supposed to be a high of 3 degrees so it should be a chilly one. When I get back, I will update on my last weekend in Berlin!
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