prague

Duben Ghosts of Freedom

I never felt closer to my American heritage (except for maybe during the Olympics this winter) than when Obama came to Prague in April 2010. How odd, this visit, falling between the bombs in the Moscow Metro of Lubyanka and the death of the Polish President, Lech Kaczynski, before the Iceland volcano eruptions, spraying ash into the aerospace closing down European airspace. Our freedom and safety does indeed rest on precarious energies. Obama’s speech was a moving reiteration of the shared…

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Cryo-Sauna Spring Fix

Somewhere between the cold sauna and a snowy winter, I found the way to fix the aging process. Or at least thats what my two friends from Belarus and Siberia told me it would do ;) Hot sauna and bikram is so last year, this season I will define myself by regenerating young tissue in the cold. It has become popular through out Europe and is now entering North America for the first time. Anyone looking for a sweatless, painless…

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Chasing the Grail

It occurred to me in sivasanah yesterday that I came back here to attend things that were never quite finished years ago, and now have been given all new directions. The vision I had was of a horse and rider, on a beach. He threw at me a white orb. It was my dream as well, last night. It must have been a snowball. I woke this morning to snow, falling, making everything clean and fresh, feeling good again. I…

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Holiday Markets of Old Town Prague

Through the cold snow of Prague before Christmas, we walk from markets in Staroměstské náměstí to Mala Strana smelling the bread, fried meat and sweets of Czech delicacies. We tread the slippery cobbled streets carefully dodging tourists watching the astronomical clock in Old Town square with decorated trees and watercolor prints of the Charles bridge. The Christmas markets, selling trinkets that are not junk made in China, like in Napoli, but hand crafted amber jewelry from Poland. They have woven…

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Velvet Praha

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. A lot of holidays in honor of the induction of democracy to formerly occupied Communist Prague. It would be nice to say everything went perfectly after that but capitalism has its pitfalls as well. However, life here is very genuine and has the spark of magic still, after a thousand of years. Prague is a multicultural mecca between the East and the West, choosing freedom over a life of mundane bowing;…

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Praha Movie

Prague Movie depicting life in Eastern European fairytale city of castles and dreams… Praha Movie from kamala rose. From Mala Strana to Old Town, petrin Hill, Zizkov and Vyserhad this film shows the highlights of living in Prague from 2006 to 2007. Czech Republic train trips to the countryside, earning and spending koruna, teaching english and working at BB Centrum brought to life the industrial rise of Eastern Europe in a city where castles dominate the view of the Vltava…

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Train from Amsterdam to Prague

Oisín dropped me off at the station, with plenty of time to buy tickets and get on the train.  After driving through Germany all day, I was glad to be getting home to Prague in a few more hours before work tomorrow. I was only a little concerned because I had to change trains in Dresden Central station, but no big deal, nine minutes should be enough.  I remembered, from arriving there on Friday, it would only be 1 stop…

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Žižkov TV Tower

The TV Tower began operations in the Mahlerovy sady park at Žižkov to cover the television, radio and other telecommunication signals in Prague in 1992. The exhibition of “Babies” sculptures by the artist David Černý may well have helped deter initial objections  concerning health, urban conditions and air traffic safety for the locals of Prague 3, but the residents of Žižkov seem to be getting used to “their” tower now. The transmitter in Prague Petřín, which began in 1953 had become…

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Vienna visa trips

Went to Vienna last night to pick up my visa this morning.  I had been last time to initiate this process and stayed in the Burmuda Triangle at an old place, but this time I stayed at a hostel. A mistake always, as I wound up in a young place where they played hip hop and I had to share with three or four boys, much like Soho. Went for dinner in the Burmuda Traiangle though, the young, hip bar…

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Velentine’s abroad 2007 still ick

Just another Tuesday in February, the dark of winter as I can easily be drawn into morbid moments of self pity.  Walking ancient cobblestoned streets, listening to echoes of Slavic conversation riochet down the narrow streets through old town square on my way to lotus, buddhist centrum on Dlhoua Street.  The yoga helped. The job is coming and the money not far behind, just a few more weeks of teaching English. Last week I had my final meeting at Strom,…

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