But I am getting off track. We arrived in Prague around 8 am and were loaded onto a bus that would take us to Olomouc, about a three hour drive, but only two by train. The drive through town was scary!!! The cars are dashing in and out of traffic and even our bus was. They get so close to each other that you think they are going to crash, but you don't some how
. I guess that's just the way they drive over here. We caught a few glimpses of some beautiful churches and the castle in Prague, but we will be able to see more in a week when we spend a couple of days there. I was also amazed at all the American businesses I saw. Globalization is very common here. McDonald's, Burger King, Kentucky Fried Chicken, even Office Max. On the radio we listened to a rock station that played Bon Jovi, Nirvanna and Cher songs, in English! Most of the songs that play on the radio are from the United States and in English. How do the people here know what they are saying? Other things that were surprisingly different. Pornography stores everywhere, leaving not alot to the imagination. Advertisements on every building and surface they can find. If its not covered by an ad, then its covered by graffiti. When we finally reached the outskirts and started on the expressway, city gave way to farmland, which looked surprisingly familiar. Snow that had been piling up during their long winter, had mostly melted and fields were starting to turn green. It could have been somewhere in the United States, but the houses with red clay tile roofs gave it away.
We arrived in Olomouc and were taken directly to our dorm to check in. I was fortunate (?) enough to get my own room. I like it because I don't have to share,but I sometimes feel like the lone ranger. But we are finding our groups to hang out in and I think it will be alright. We had one hour to shower and unpack and we had our first adventure with the tram system. The majority of townspeople move around by using either the tram or bus systems. They are very efficient and are rarely late. There is a tram that will take us from our dorm to the edge of the campus that we have class at, from that stop its about a five block walk to our classroom. We will have 3 classes while we are here, but I am sure that we will have plenty of time to explore not only Olomouc but other places as well.
Tomorrow: Food and other necessities.
I know,I know I should have posted something sooner,but they have been keeping us busy and at nights quite honestly I am exhausted. I don't know if the exhaustion is from all the walking or from my concentrating on listening to teachers, faculty, and the people we interact with so we can either eat,drink,or buy some thing. I'm not sure how I am going to download my pictures from my camera because I brought the wrong cord. So I might end up taking pictures on both my phone and my camera. I also don't have Internet in my room so I have to find the time to set up shop in the commons area of our dorm complex.