lost and found

24 05 2009

Hurray! It’s been one week since we arrived here in Brno and already so many crazy and wacky stories to share. A fireworks competition is being held down here for the next week or so, called Ignis Brunensis…so we’ve been in on some scenic treats for the past couple of evenings. Last night we all went to down by Brno Lake to check out the festivities, which is about 45 minutes away from where our residence is. The place was crazy packed!! All of Brno must have been there that night…and of course, I had to get lost and lose track of where the rest of the group is. Thank God, I wasn’t alone though…that would’ve been a nightmare! So took a couple of trams, a taxi, and did a lot of walking and tadah! …found our way back to good ol’ 50 Kounicova. Getting lost in a foreign place with no one who speaks your language? Awesome. And being able to find your way back? Double awesome.

And what adds to all the awesomeness is the people that you meet along the way. Already I’ve met so many interesting people from all over the world. Last night while on our trek to find our way back home, we met a couple of backpackers…one from Florida and another from Brazil. They had so many fascinating stories to tell about their travels. I just love listening to what they’ve done and where they’ve been! Also ran into folks from Slovakia, Bulgaria, Britain, Poland…it’s too cool! I’ve never been exposed to so much of the world like this before!  And the different languages everyone speaks and the struggle to communicate with each other….I don’t know…I think it’s beautiful!

Anyway, we’re off to see some castle nearby! Here’s to getting lost…and hopefully finding my way back 😉

Toodles!





Ahoj kamarád!

20 05 2009

view from top

bar below

roomies

macocha abysscerna hora brewerygroup shot

clubwash

Dobry den! Greetings from Brno, Czech Republic!

Finally got the Internet connection in my room working yesterday and as you can see, I’ve finally found the time to give an update on the trip. It’s been pretty kickass so far. Nothing but cheap beer, good people, and gorgeous weather out here! Except we had our first class today and I realized that I, unfortunately, actually have to study out here…it’s gonna be a serious struggle focusing! But anyway…here’s what I’ve been up to the past few days…

Left on a jet plane on Saturday and headed over to London. Met the people in the program at the airport and got to know each other on our 6-7 hour flight. Then from London to Vienna where ladeedah, I met mother dear at the airport’s baggage claim area. You know how we do, just randomly meet up in Vienna whenever. 😉 Anyway, from Vienna, took a bus down to Brno!

Got to Brno, checked into our residence, met up with my roomie, Martyna, who you see above! We have the most gorgeous view from our balcony! I love it! The air is better here and I swear the birds sing better too.  It’s absolutely gorgeous.  We had our welcome dinner that night too and quickly got our education on how to order beer, an absolute must when you’re here in Brno–pivo, proseem (beer, please) !

On Monday, we had a tour Masaryk University and downtown Brno. Had dinner outside in the perfect weather, sipped on some lattes, and had (my staple so far) ice cream (zmrzlina!). In the evening, we went to some super sketch laundromat in Gypsy town. I know what you’re thinking…why the hell did we go to a laundromat on our second night in Brno? Okay so let me explain…down here in Brno, they apparently like to combine their facilities/services. Soooo not only was the place (Clubwash) a laundromat, it was also a bar/movie place/pool/poker place. Yeah, again, sketch!

Tuesday — went to Macocha Abyss, which is a cave down here. Took like a 4 km hike, which no one was prepared for considering we hardly slept the night before! Ummm can’t say much about that cuz I’m not exactly a nature person. Can’t be swooning over some stalagmites and stalactites. It was excruciating exhausting walking up those hills! Martyna and I had practically 3 hrs of sleep the night before…so we were ready to collapse. After the caves, visited the Cerna Hora brewery…saw how they made the beer and taste-tested a bunch of the different kinds. I’m telling you, it’s all about the pivo down here! Hung out at the bar next to our res…so if you’re looking for anyone, basically go to the bar next door and they’re probably there. Mmm I think that’ll be the spot for the next 5 weeks, no?

Wednesday– first day of class today, everyone was practically falling asleep. Um not much to report about there. Went to Tesco, which is like the Wal-Mart equivalent, apparently. Also went grocery shopping…seriously hating the fact that I can’t cook for the life of me. Life would be so much easier! Hmmm, never thought I’d be saying those words. Weather was gorge again today…its all sun and blue skies over here!

Anywho, I’m off to meet up with some friends in a bit. Toodloo!





one thing

16 05 2009

This is it, people! Leaving for the airport in a little bit…the next time you’ll be hearing from me, I’ll be in Brno, Czech Republic!

Baz Luhrmann says, do one thing everyday that scares you. So here goes!





true love

15 05 2009

soulmates

I LOVE YOU FIVE.

elementary, high school, university, and uh…everything that comes after.





unwritten

13 05 2009

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words
That you could not find
Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten, yeah

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Love, love, love this song and absolutely love, love, love the lyrics even more! Chose it cuz it pretty much sums up where I am now and where I’m headed. The past couple of months have been tumultuous, to say the least. And I am more than ready and eager to shake off the baggage that is now the past and start something new, something fresh. It has often been said, from adversity comes greatness….and when better to start this highly renowned path to greatness than now? After all, there is no day but today, n’est pas?

And how fitting is it that in three days, I’ll be shipped out of the good ol’  T Dot to the Czech Republic, a completely foreign country with complete strangers? Perfect setting to start, if you ask me. My first time away from home, family, friends, and basically everything I know. So I say, out with the familiar and into the unknown! It’s exciting and terrifying all at the same time…can’t help but think of all the new people I’ll meet and the places I’ll see. Oh, the places I’ll go!

And so as my big brother once advised (and yes Po, you got a shout on my first post…Waddup!), you gotta dive into the deep end and make a BIG, BIG SPLASH. So I’m off to the deep end…hope you’re all ready to get soaked!