(Let’s Do the) Time Warp (again)

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This blog will now step out of the time/space continuum.  Due to the lack of internet service for 2 1/2 weeks in England, I fear I’ll never catch up with myself, so I’m jumping to Prague as of today and hope to fill in ‘missing England’ as I can.  So… Prague.  Flying in from London, I was struck by how GREEN it is in the Czech Republic.  (Perhaps I should just settle down and admit that spring is green in this hemisphere and  get over it.)  We settled into our new apartment – we’re here for a month while Rog teaches International Arbitration at Charles (Karlova) University. The location is perfect:  just off the Old Square (which, in this country, is REALLY old) and within walking distance of school.  For the voyeurs among you, here are a few shots of the apartment (sans people, sorry!)  It’s quite a hike to our front door – we’re on the top floor of an 18th century building (can you say ‘no elevator’?) and the multiple staircases were modeled on a State Fair fun house.  My favorite aspect of  one of the staircases is that, at the steepest point,  the individual steps, instead of being flat like a normal stairstep, actually slope downward.  The tiniest slip of the foot and you will find yourself quickly deposited 3 floors down.  Sober is the only way to meet the challenge of the stairs.

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Prague is in the middle of  its annual music festival, “Prague Spring”,  and strains of classical music and jazz can be heard in any church, park, concert hall or  tavern all day, every day.  Since new music scares us, we attended a concert this evening of the Greatest Hits of Vivaldi and Mozart and the Greatest Hit of Pachelbel.  The concert hall, poetically named The Municipal Hall, (can you say ‘past communist control’?) is a gargantuan space, full of delicate putti, faded murals and seating for thousands.  You’ll notice the definitive nod to capitalism in the photo – please note the back of the concert stage – the artful and subtle acknowledgement of their corporate sponsors is something we should consider doing in our sports and ball parks (if there was a committe meeting that allowed this, I wish I’d been there!)  So, now we’ve attended the requisite festival concert and can go back to watching the BBC in our apartment.

River Vltava from the Palace Gardens

River Vltava from the Palace Gardens

The famous Charles Bridge is in the middle - dating from 1400

The famous Charles Bridge is in the middle - dating from 1400

St. Nicholas On The Square - where ND State U choir sang

St. Nicholas On The Square - where ND State U choir sang

Rog is convinced that the Eiffel Tower is peaking over the hill.  The hill is in Prague.

Rog is convinced that the Eiffel Tower is peeking over the hill. The hill is in Prague.

This sculpture is outside the gym.  I know how he feels.

This sculpture is outside the gym. I know how he feels.

St. Vitus Cathedral.  We found no statues of him dancing.

St. Vitus Cathedral. We found no statues of him dancing.

Gates of the Palace.  Very welcoming, except for the swords and clubs.

Gates of the Palace. Very welcoming, except for the swords and clubs.

Back-breaking building supports.

Back-breaking building supports.

Signs in English.. there aren't many and this may be why!

Signs in English.. there aren't many and this may be why!

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3 Responses to (Let’s Do the) Time Warp (again)

  1. Linda Czajka May 20, 2009 at 8:37 pm #

    Wow! I really enjoyed seeing your apartment and the concert halls. It’s fun to be in Prague with you this way.

    Keep the photos and articles coming.

  2. Karen May 22, 2009 at 7:00 pm #

    This is fun, Elaine! Your writing is very entertaining, and with you and Roger always on the go, this is a good way to keep up with you!

  3. John May 26, 2009 at 11:42 am #

    Your description of the staircase in your apartment is very amusing. And, knowing you, you were probably whining about it the entire way up with Roger diplomatically nodding his head (or was he thinking about the lawsuit possibilities?). 🙂

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