The day after I returned from Vienna, I decided to go somewhere I’d been thinking about for almost a year: Speculum Alchemiae, the museum of alchemy. The building, dating from 900 AD was used in the fifteenth century by alchemists and herbalists. These scientists were trying to understand the nature of metals and dispensing herbal medicines. In… More Playing tourist at home
Parent conferences finished at 12:30 on Friday October 16. I had it all planned: bus, metro, and the 2pm bus to make it to Vienna in time for the 7:30 performance of The Tempest at the State Opera. Unfortunately, the bus was almost two hours late, and I didn’t make it. I was just a teensy… More Vienna: auf deutsch, bitte
At the start of October I had the pleasure of a visit from my Australian nephew. It was so much fun to have someone from home come and stay. I stocked up the pantry, inflated the guest bed, and gave the mini schnauzer a bath in anticipation. What to show him? I was now in… More My First Visitor
I wrote a BRILLIANT blog entry a few days after I returned from London, but an accidental backspace out of WordPress deleted it. Must remember to hit ‘save’ as I go. Believe me—the original was something Hemingway would have shed tears over. Tears of envy. What follows is a mere shadow of the original… Before… More London!
I decided early on that I’d leave Prague once a month for an adventure. Mostly these will be bus rides to cities in neighbouring countries: Germany, Poland, Austria, but a couple of months ago, I heard about Dismaland, in England, and I HAD TO GO. Dismaland is (was…) an art exhibition which considered some very… More I made it to Dismaland!
A couple of weeks ago, I ventured with a group of church friends to a pretty town to the south of Prague: České Budějovice. Here is my terrible pronunciation guide: Chesskeh Bood-yeh-o-vee-tseh. The vowel in ‘bood’ is like the one in ‘book’. The yeh-o is more like ye-yo but the second ‘y’ is barely there – more like… More Hluboka Castle
Warning: This post is about the truly mundane. My groceries were delivered tonight, and I thought some people might be interested to see how much you can get for your supermarket dollar here in Prague. I must admit that I always secretly surveil the trolleys of people in front of and behind me at the… More What’s in the trolley?