First day of classes

Trip Start Jul 03, 2006
Trip End Aug 20, 2006

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Monday, July 24, 2006

Today is another 100 degree day, so if there is a typo it's because my finger slipped on the keyboard because of the sweat dripping off my face. Yep.

I am in the "beginning intermediate" level class and it's none too easy, that's for sure. I might be in a little over my head but I'd rather have too much on my plate than not enough. I can still change classes tomorrow if I need to. The main problem is that I don't know the accusative and perfective cases that the rest of the class does. Everyone has taken some formal Czech at their university except me. I have only had a few months of Ceska Skola at Sokols and those 3 months here in 2004. I am excited for this semester, it will be a lot of fun and an all around good learning experience.

My roommate from Spain is much better at Czech than I am so that is good I can learn from him. The other person who lives in our "suite" (in the room next to ours) is a Englishman who is around 45 I would guess. I don't know how much Czech he speaks. I think it's really interesting to find out why people are learning Czech. I thought it was more odd for people from Spain or Italy to be here learning Czech but they pointed out that they are all members of the EU so I guess that makes them similar.

In regards to the Middle Eastern problems, it hasn't been discussed much yet. My information on the topic came from reading a Newsweek at the train station. I didn't read much detail so I don't have a way to tell how different it is from the US coverage.

I still miss the road. But when I was on the road, I couldn't wait to get here. It's a catch 22. I might buy a fan, I bought a pan and a spoon and a knife and beer and groceries today. I keep forgetting to ask for a receipt when they don't automatically hand me one. I asked my teacher how today and it's kind of a confusing word/request but I have it figured out now I think.

We had class from 8:45 to 1pm I think `with a little break in the middle. Last night was the opening ceremony thing and it's the 25th year anniversary of this summer school so the news station was there and photographers and stuff. And there were photographers in our class taking pictures. I don't know if we were supposed to smile and look happy and stuff or what but that's what we did. So yea.

At the banquet it was like a buffet and all the tables were filled with hors d'oeuvres and stuff. I thought it was kinda weak but I just had a couple plates and was like whatever. Then my roommate Enrique was like "let's go get some food from the grill" I was unhappy I wasted some room in my stomach on that weird pasta salad and stuff but the salmon and grilled chicken were amazing, especially the salmon. They had a champagne toast and free wine and beer and stuff so that was cool. They had fresh strawberries with the champagne and I just ate them. Some people got the crazy idea in their heads to put the strawberries in their champagne. I've never seen that before. It must be "high class" or something? Hmmm. I have to get outta this room, it's a sauna.
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valandbrent on

And now your Vankat side is showing.
Ahhh-tell us more about the food! Thanks for the thorough descriptions of everything, Ben. Your travel blog continues to be so much fun to read. Hope you do get a fan soon. And that the temp comes down to a reasonable level anyway. Is it humid there as well? Sounds similar to a Nebraska summer.

jackiebuchta on

Hello from Panora!
I should start my own travelogue from beautiful Panora Iowa! :) We're at the nice, new public library here, but need to get going now. Thanks for the update, Ben! Zach says it's awesome here! Na shle!

monicabrown on

mmmm strawberries
Ahoy again from Monica, after a few days away from the internet. I've never heard of strawberries in champagne either, but at this point in time, you're probably more cosmopolitan than I am. Is there no air conditioning in Cecha? How about at the Univ? I liked the gaggle of geese story and the guy wanting to borrow your soap and shampoo. Wow. Of course, all the stories of people you meet when you're walking down the street or up the mountain are pretty cool too. I hope your Czech skills are up to for the class you're in, or else that you're gettin by with a little help from your friends. Stay safe and God bless you! Na sledanou!? Monica

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