07.11.2007 17 °C
Today was our tour of Prague Castle along with our meeting of the U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic, a republican named Richard Graber from Wisconsin. He was, of course, appointed by President Bush and has, just recently, started his tenure here. He had no political experience previous to his appointment to this position, nor had he had any experience as a forign diplomat. He is supposed to be here for the next three (?) years, I believe. Good luck, Czechs!
We were able to have a question/answer session with him, and to my surprise, the rest of the group had, for the most part, the same concerns about the missile shield that is proposed here as I do. Of course, as most politicians do, he gave us very vague answers as to why the missile shield was necessary, but whatever. He made it clear that 60%+ of Czechs oppose the shield, as does the same percentage of the Parliment, which will make the final decision. One somewhat amusing point that the Ambassador tried to make was the following, and I quote; "One thing that makes us (the U.S.) different from Germany and Russia, who have taken Czech land, is that we (the U.S.) are asking permission." I don't know. That didn't make much sense to me. But I digress, this isn't a political rant. It's about me being in Prague.
Anyway, twas an honor to be given such a prestigious opportunity.
Our first day of class was yesterday. I got my assignments for the time I was here and met my instructors. My photo instructor is my instructor from UNO, Ariya Martin. My Architecture instructor is Carol Sherwood. Both instructors are extremely nice and I will be happy to have them teach me while I am here.
Today, previous to our meeting with Mr. Ambassador, we toured the Prague Castle where the Czech President, Vaclav Klaus, holds many of his meetings. The place was crazy, beautiful, insane, all in one thought. Never in my life have I been to such a place. I kept on making jokes to Polly and Layla that I have come from Luling, LA to this, truly was it amazing. After the tour and meeting, we ate some lunch at a Czech Chinese restaurant where I ate a full meal for a whopping 100 koruna ($5), and the food was amazing. After eating, Carol Sherwood took our architecture class for a tour of Prague Castle, the outside this time, as well as the surrounding areas. Again, beautiful. I just got home from that and am looking forward to an eventful evening, however, I have no clue what i'm doing yet.
Here are some photos from the castle and what-not.
Talk to you again soon!
P.S. - Yes, it really is 64 degrees here.