Sokolska Youth Hostel
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... Once you actually talk to Czech people they are lovely, just not as outwardly friendly and sociable as I am used to. Beer is very cheap and abundant. Food is reasonably priced. School supplies were surprisingly expensive. I love my flat and my class mates though.
I can't wait to explore more this weekend and I will post many photos soon...but for now, back to my lesson plan then a pivo!
In the morning we went to the Jerusalem Synagogue which is one of the other synagogues in use today.
It was built in 1906.The synagogue is designed in Moorish Revival form with Art Nouveau decoration, especially in the interior. It was lately renovated and still serves religious purposes. After the Czech Republic became independent of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, it became more usual to call the synagogue the Jerusalem Street ...
... I arrived and told an active Czech student that I wanted to run in the event, he disappointingly told me that it sold out in December! However, he did some research and found out that I could receive an entry number if I made a donation to a certain charity. Needless to say, I was very excited by the opportunity and registered immediately.
It was hard to find time to train as I was away for most weekends in the lead up to the event, however ...
... is named, with birth and death dates. It will take more than six years to go through each name. So many families utterly destroyed. So many children, girls like Anne Frank trying to have a normal life. Living so far away, in our isolated continent, these events have had little, impact on our lives. We finished our day with a stroll through the Tiergarten as the sun went down (actually it was cloudy, no sun, but it was dusk). Watched red squirrels scuttle up ...
... barriers and come through the neighborhood. I go down a street to find a construction barrier for ANOTHER jobsite and I can't cross there. So I go down another block......TO FIND THE SAME THING! I guess the Mainer's were right.....you really can't get there from here. At this point, I realize I'm running out of time and won't be able to do the museum......so I wander for a while before heading back.
I wander through an area with another farmer's market. ...