Prague’s Jewish Quarter

Last week I visited the old Jewish Cemetery and the Spanish Synagogue.. Also other things but these two stood out the most for me!

I wanted to be there at 9 am because it was Sunday and it sure would be crowded during the day, so I got up early at 7 and guess what? No water and no light! 😀

So I ate breakfast with the little water I still had from yesterday, but at 8 am we still didn’t have water. In the end I went out without having brushed my teeth or taken a shower. 😀 Later I heard from Penny that it took until 10 before we had water again XD

Well, for 185 euros rent a month you can’t be picky, haha!

Elective Courses

Last week was the final week to make a choice when it comes to the elective courses. In the end I settled on Figure Drawing, Czech Language, Genius Loci of Prague, Very Anxious Meetings, Clay Modeling and Czech Modern and Contemporary Art and Architecture. This is more than I have to, but there is just too much fun things to choose from! Also if it turns out to be too much I can drop one or two, I still need only 30 ECS and with this I will be having 34.

But let me tell you what these courses are all about! Well, Figure Drawing, Czech Language and Clay Modeling are self-explanatory, but what is this Genius Loci of Prague? It’s basically a weekly tour through Prague with the teacher talking about modern architecture, think first half of 20th century. It’s fun, I get to know architectural styles and periods I didn’t know about and maybe I’ll be able to tell from which period buildings are from their looks in the end! 😀 And the teacher is really enthusiastic about architecture, especially Functionalism and Rondocubism, which is something typically Czech, it seems. Czech Modern and Contemporary Art and Architecture is similar, but we will visit museums, galleries and monuments instead. So I go twice a week visiting places in the city!

Last Friday we visited the Vítkov Monument:

This building is kinda strange because it had so many different functions during it’s history… It was build as a memorial for Czechoslovakia in the thirties, then the Nazis used it for storage, during Communism it was the place to display the body of the first Communist president of Czechoslovakia, Klement Gottwald. After 1989 it was left unused for years and now it is a museum. And a memorial. And there is a ceremonial hall which is sometimes still in use.

The view from the roof is amazing, though! We visited the TV tower the day before with Genius Loci of Prague. 🙂

On the very last moment I decided to take the Anxious Meetings course as well. :/ It’s a quite varied course with discussions, guest speakers and sometimes even excursions. Last semester the course concluded with an exhibition. It’s called Anxious Meetings because no topic is too weird or personal to not speak about during the discussions. I kind of missed some theory in the other courses, and the exhibition looked promising, so I decided to follow this one too. So far it’s been fun.

Exchange Student Dinner

From left to right: Eleni from Cyprus (she studies Sculpture in Greece, but is doing Textiles in Prague), Miguel’s roommate from France, which studies Finance (I forgot his name, sorry!), the crazy person who writes all this, my roommate Pan-Ni (we’re allowed to say Penny) from Taiwan, Shiori from Japan who is doing Intermedia (don’t ask me what that is XD), Juan from Spain, studies Photography, and his sister, who will be leaving for Lyon soon…

On the other side of the table: Naama from Israel, Stein from Iceland, Manja from Slovenia (Fashion), Miguel from the US (Ceramics) and Eve from Dublin. She’s the only one who is doing a theoretical course! And this is not even everybody, mind you!

Manja and Miguel discussing how awesome the food will be…
My dish! 😀
Pan-Ni enjoying her soup, Stein looks jealously at my plate.. Just kidding! XD