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Day 7: After One Full Week…

I’ve learned a lot in seven days: My apartment looks a lot homier with a couple of IKEA rugs to pull together the bedroom and warm it up. I can get around much of the city in under an hour. I don’t think I want to teach 25 hrs of classes (sanity sake, really). There are good Indian and Thai curry pastes to be had. Beer is cheap – too cheap for my waistline! The only true way to enjoy a city is to immerse yourself in all the available cultural activities. I don’t have to use as much soap in the clothes washer as I had thought. Most of my classes will be one-on-one tutoring. I’ll need to learn some Czech. They have good wine in the southern region of the country. There are ski resorts in the north, along the Polish boarder (some w/as high as 2300 meter vertical). The tennis courts at the Univ across the street are open to the public. I have lots to learn to get up to speed with this TEFL teaching (but in a fun way). Czech cuisine is quite tasty, and if you find homey places on side streets, lunch/dinner is cheap and good. I like living in Prague.

Concert at Prague National MuseumI took in a strings and piano quintet concert at the National Museum tonight, held in the main stairway hall. Four young men, dressed in black; three violins, cello, and piano. “The Greatest Hits” program included Mozart’s “A Little Night Music” (da, da-da, da-da-da-da DA); Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” (Winter), Strauss’ “Pizzicato Polka” and of course Dvorák (he’s Czech). The accoustics were actually great, as the hall is solid marble, and stone has the best accoustical properties. The musicians were each talented, and by their movements and expressions, really seemed to love what they were doing … all in front of perhaps 25 people. What band, no matter the instruments held in their hands or songs sprung from lungs, won’t take any opportunity to perform?

The concert lasted an hour, and I recognized all of the pieces played; though without a program in hand, I doubt that I could have named the pieces. Odd how we so often associate song titles with their lyrics. That’s so 20th century, no?


  the dude wrote @ August 29th, 2008 at 5:51 pm

this meter thing on the mountain heights is really fucking me up bro. What is that in american feet?

  Mark wrote @ August 29th, 2008 at 9:43 pm

Dude. You’re computer has got to have some kind of simple conversion application, no?

Anyway, 1 meter is a bit over 39 inches. That means the mountains are fucking high enough to get some good skiing in.

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