Tours of Castles and Jewish Quarter
Trip Start Jun 23, 2010
25Trip End Aug 07, 2010
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Earlier in the day listened to a talk by on the people educated in the underground education which was held during the time of communism. This was the only way for students of dissidents or those wishing to study humanities, philosophy, political science – courses requiring independent thought. It was dangerous to not only hold these seminars, but also to attend. One interesting thing was that those wanting to attend these seminars were people you would least expect by looking at appearances --- the long-haired "hippies" into rock music during the 70’s
Great dinner at an Afghanistan restaurant. The food was really good. Something I probably wouldn’t have tried on my own. There is really not a large Afghani population in Prague, but there are several Afghani restaurants in the city.
Interesting lecture by an important and respected member of Czech politics. He was a former Minister of Education and is the head of the Humanities Department at Charles University. He was also a dissident and part of the underground during the tine of communism. Many of the same issues we face in the US are being faced by the Czech education system. They are moving from a more centralized system to one of greater freedom. Quite ironic since in the US we seem to be moving the other direction.
Finished the afternoon with a painful tour of the Jewish Quarter – a group of 20 people trying to listen to an elderly guide that barely spoke above a whisper. Definitely something to visit on your own. Since I had been there previously it was an especially long tour.