One last field trip

Well here is my last blog about my time studying abroad in Europe. I have experienced so many things in the last ten and half weeks and I have come to understand so many things on a deeper level. Studying in Europe during this short time has taught me more about life and people than the three and half years of studying back at Kearney. We finished up classes a little over a week ago and this week our group has started to go our separate ways on some last personal excursions before we make our way back home to Nebraska. For this blog post I will go over our final field trip that occurred last week.

For our final field trip we went to several cities on the eastern side of the Czech Republic in the Bohemian region. The first town we stayed at was Litomyšl which has a population around 10,000 people. It was nice to visit such a small, less touristy city. We took a tour of the city where we went through a castle, a beautiful church, and a town square that is the second longest town square in the Czech Republic. It was so nice to just relax with our group and enjoy the wonderful spring weather.

The next city we stopped at was Kutná Hora were we visited the “Bone Church”, the silver mines, and St. Barbara’s Cathedral. The “Bone Church” is a small church that is decorated with thousands of human bones. The reason it is decorated like this is to remind the parishoners of their mortality and it was a haunting yet beautiful church. The silver mines were a completely different experience than the salt mine we toured in Poland. We all had to wear white jackets along with hard hats. The mine was very damp, and cramped. We also learned about what they did to mine silver and how dangerous of a job it was. At the peak of their mining, Kutná Hora was one of the richest cities in Europe. St. Barbara’s church was built during the silver boom and it was quite breathtaking.

For the next part of our field trip we traveled to Český Krumlov and along the way we stopped in České Budéjovice. At this stop we toured the Budweiser Budvar brewery. We got to see how they brew their beer along with tasting some of their beer which has been maturing since February 14th. It was a lot of fun and definitely refreshing.

After our stop we made it to Český Krumlov which is a very small town in the southern part of Bohemia and it was surprisingly quite touristy. We even met some fellow Nebraskans that were visiting because their ancestors had immigrated to the United States from the Czech Republic. Here we toured a castle, a theater, and went on a rafting trip. The castle was unique because a majority of the items there were still in the same places when they were in use. Along with that the moat of the castle still has a couple live bears in it, which makes it one of the last castles that still have bears guarding it. The theater we visited was still very much in its original state and our tour guide told us that they had a large amount of the original costumes, stage sets, and music they used for the plays. On our last day in this city we went on a rafting trip down the river. It was one of my favorite things because it was very similar to the tanking trips we go on back at home. We took some Czech beer with us and spent several hours on the river. The river scenery was beautiful and once we made it back our whole group went out to eat. Most of the restaurants in the town served traditional Czech cuisine which was all very good.

After Český Krumlov we left for Olomouc where we said our final goodbyes to our group and to our program directors. Something I took away from this trip is that the Czech Republic is an incredible country. The cities we visited each had their own interesting history and unique feel. In my opinion the Czech Republic is one of the most underrated countries to visit and I am glad I got the opportunity to study here. Thank you for taking the time to read these blogs and I hope you enjoyed reading about my adventures. This is my last blog post, so please don’t expect one next week. If you see me back in Nebraska don’t hesitate to ask me about my trip because I will be more than happy to talk to you about it. That’s all for now, see you all back in the States and na shledanou.

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A view of Litomyšl.
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One of the centerpieces in the Bone Church.
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There were four piles of bones in the corners of the church. There used to be a total of six but they used two of the six piles to decorate the rest of the church.
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St. Barbara’s Cathedral.
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A view of the front altar from the back of the cathedral.
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The Budweiser Budvar brewery.
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A view of Český Krumlov.
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The theater we got to visit.
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Some tasty carp I had for supper.
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Our group along with Jan, Martin, and Tereza.

Thank you once again!

-Abe Dush.

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The Topic of People

Dobrý den, I hope that you all had a wonderful Mother’s day! Here is my second to last blog post for this trip abroad. For this week’s blog I will write about a topic of my choice and I decided to go with the topic of people. People have a way of enhancing an experience or they can negatively impact an experience. That is why I chose this topic due to the incredible people that have enhanced my study abroad experience.

This was my first time traveling outside of the United States, and I couldn’t have imagined doing it alone, especially close to three months in Europe. So the first people I will mention is the unique group of the 23 students studying here with me. Each and every single one of my fellow classmates add a little something to our group and we have shared too many memories to even count. From being in Czech language class not having an idea what’s going on to exploring different cities on our field trips, we have definitely experienced this program to the fullest. There will forever be inside jokes like D-Day and Bruce and it’s hard to believe that we really didn’t know each other before this trip but now we have become a sort of study abroad family. I am hopeful that this bond and relationships will continue as we return back home.

The next person I want to mention is a Czech student named Tereza Lyčková or as our group calls her Mother Tereza. She has kind of been the glue for our group and she helped organize several activities such as a pub crawl, paint balling, and wine tasting. She has definitely added so much to this program and I am thankful that we have gotten the chance to spend so much time with her. I hope she enjoyed our company has much as we enjoyed hers. After Tereza, I would like to mention a couple of my flat mates. They are exchange students studying here also and they are Niko and Ainmen. Niko is from Slovakia, and Ainmen is from England. They are both medical students and it was a pleasure to get to know them. I don’t think I could have asked for better flat mates. Ainmen even baked some American macaroni and cheese just to ask us Americans if it tasted like what we eat back at home and it most certainly did. It will definitely be different not having them around and I wish them the best.

I would also like to mention some of the teaching staff that has contributed to this wonderful experience. Jan and Martin are two Czech professors that put all of the classes together including the field trips. They were also our guides on those field trips and they added so much depth to all of the places we traveled to. I couldn’t even imagine all of the work they had to do to prepare for this program and this experience wouldn’t have been the same without them. I would also like to mention our administrative professor Dr. Snider for taking time away from his family back in Kearney. He has had to keep track of our group and even though it was his first time helping out with this program he has helped out tremendously.

Last but not least I want to mention my fiancé, family, and friends back at home. They all have provided so much support and prayers that have all been needed. Whenever I would get homesick a call back home would always help. The love and support from them all during this time has just been incredible and I am so thankful for that.

Something I have taken away from this study abroad program is a deeper appreciation for the people around me. I not only learned that but going in with an open mind to any experience can leave you with some wonderful memories and new friends. All of the awesome things I have experienced on this trip wouldn’t have been so great if it wasn’t for the people I shared it with. With that, thank you for reading my blogs throughout this journey in the Europe. Your support and prayers are much appreciated. I hope you have enjoyed reading these posts as much as I have enjoyed sharing my experiences with you. Dékuju and na shledanou.

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Our group at a castle an hour away from Olomouc.
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Some of us went on a wine tour this last weekend. Tereza organized this trip and she is on the right side.
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Kind of a blurry picture but here is some of that wonderful family support from back home using Skype.

 

Field Trip in Europe

For our study abroad program we have the wonderful opportunity of going on field trips to different areas around central Europe. With the field trips counting as a part of our classes it is by far the best college class I have ever taken.

Just this last weekend we went on a field trip to Krakow, Poland and this was the one I had been looking forward to the most. One of the main reasons for this is that I am of Polish descent so naturally I couldn’t wait to go. Our group took a bus there Friday morning and our first stop was the Wieliczka Salt Mine. The Wieliczka Salt Mine is located on the outskirts of Krakow and it is one of the world’s oldest salt mines. It started operating in the 13th century and is quite large. On our tour we only got to see less than 2% of the mine. During our time in underground we learned about the history of the mine, and how they used to mine for salt. There were many rooms carved out of the salt walls which consisted of ballrooms, Catholic chapels, long passageways, or statues made out of salt. An interesting thing about the mine is that there are still Catholic masses celebrated in those chapels and couples can even have their wedding and reception in the mine. With that knowledge along with how beautiful it all was, I later tried to convince my fiancé to have our wedding there. Sadly, for obvious reasons we came to a rather quick “no” on that idea. After the mine we left for our hostel and we ended up staying in the area that used to be a Jewish ghetto. Today it is now a bustling residential area with many shops and restaurants. Later that evening a large group of my study abroad family went out for Cinco de Mayo and I ate one of the spiciest enchiladas I have ever had.

The next morning we went to Schindler’s Factory where we learned about what it was like to live in Poland during WWII. It was all very interesting and eye opening to get an idea of what people went through during that period of history. After that we went to some street vendors for lunch and I must say that the food in Poland is some of the best I have had this entire study abroad experience. Later that afternoon we toured the Krakow Old Town area and a group of us went to Saturday night mass in St. Mary’s Basilica. St. Mary’s Basilica is absolutely beautiful and it is one of my favorite churches I have visited. We later stopped for supper and had some more delicious traditional Polish food.

Sunday morning I got up rather early to go to a café for the famous Kremówka which is a dessert that Pope St. John Paul II loved to eat. I had to walk over a mile in the pouring rain for this delicious treat and in the end it was totally worth it. Later that morning we went to the Wawel Castle and toured the treasury along with some several other parts of the castle. It was a nice place but it didn’t take too long to see most of it. When we finished there, a couple guys and I left Krakow to travel to Budapest, Hungary for our own little personal excursion.

The field trip to Krakow was a rather quick one but it was a memorable experience. I enjoyed being back to the country where my ancestors emigrated from and I loved my experience there. Some things I took away from this trip was a deeper understanding of WW II and the Holocaust. There were so many unbelievable things that happened during that time and it is amazing how far Central Europe has come from all of the destruction. Along with that I learned that Poland has a very devote Catholic population which is completely different when compared to the Czech Republic. It was definitely an incredible trip and I am for certain that I will one day make a trip back.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post and I hope enjoyed it. There are only two more blog posts that I have to make after this one and that means my time here is getting closer to an end. I’m definitely going to continue soaking in all of this wonderful experience so until next time, God bless!

P.S. Enjoy the pictures below!

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Wieliczka Salt Mine
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Some Gnomes statues carved out of salt by a miner in the Wieliczka Salt Mine
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St. Kinga’s Chapel in Wieliczka Salt Mine
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The front altar of St. Kinga’s Chapel
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A reception hall in the mine
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St. Mary’s Basilica in the Krakow Old Town square
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The inside of St. Mary’s Basilica
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A wonderful dish of Polish food
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The delicious Kremówka desert
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Me with the Polish flag at the Wawel Castle

-Abe Dush

Cultural Comparisons to the U.S.A.

Dobrý den to you once again from Olomouc. I just got back from supper where our group celebrated a birthday which was quite a good time. The sun was setting over the city and I was able to experience the “golden hour”, where the city was absolutely beautiful. One of my friends explained to me that the “golden hour” is where the sun is at the perfect position and everything around looks more stunning than usual. I don’t know if that is a real thing, or if I had a new realization of the city because our time here is coming closer to an end but I have never seen the city so peaceful and pristine. After being in Europe for a month and half, the beauty around me is definitely different than the United States. Along with that, there are many other things that are different when compared to home but there are also many things that are similar. With that, the blog for this week will be over cultural comparisons.

One of the first things I noticed and was even foretold about by a man when I was sitting next to him on the flight from London to Prague is that the Czech Republic people are not always the most pleasant toward strangers. Coming from rural Nebraska where it’s a norm to wave to everyone when you drive down the highway or to say “excuse me” when you accidentally bump into someone at the grocery story, it was pretty easy to notice the difference here. We use a lot of public transportation and there are quite a few instances where it’s crowded and it is definitely a rarity to hear someone say “prosim,” the Czech word for “excuse me,” as they try to walk by you. Instead they either push their way through or they will stand behind you and wait for you to notice them. I first thought this was just a Czech Republic attitude but when I traveled to Rome, Italy those interactions were pretty similar. The Italians would either just shove their way past, or they would stand behind you and start yelling in Italian at you until you get out of their way. So then I thought this was maybe just a European thing, but I got the chance to travel to Ireland and the Irish hospitality was incredible. The Irish people were friendly and it was common to hear a greeting as I walked by them on the street.

Another thing I’ve noticed is that a lot of the Czech Republic people are more quiet and reserved when compared to the States. They often look away from you as you walk by them and they speak very softly to one another. Our group has been told several times that we Americans are very noisy and it is pretty common for our group to get strange looks as we walk by them talking like we normally do. It could be partially because we are speaking English but I also think it has a lot to do with how loud we are. I enjoy paying attention to what is going on around me and it has been a great opportunity to experience these differences.

With that, here is a list of some other cultural differences I have noticed: You have to pay for water at the restaurants, you have to pay to use the bathroom at most places, public transportation is very highly used and relied on, it is common to meet people that speak two or more languages, a majority of the people wear a completely different style of clothes, a majority of people smoke, people walk everywhere in cities, there are no window screens on the windows, the food is different, and people usually dress up a little nicer. It is pretty easy for people to notice that we are Americans and they can usually tell by just looking at us.

With differences, there are usually similarities. After a closer examination of interactions with the people around the Czech Republic, I have noticed that they can be kind to strangers. I have watched people stand up and give their seat on the bus to someone that may be elderly or have a child with them. I have also noticed strangers help a mother lift her baby stroller up the steps onto the tram. Along with that, the Europeans I have had the chance to get to know are really great and have made my experience here so much better. Even though they are from different cultures and speak different languages, the people of Europe and the U.S. are quite similar. We have a lot in common such as feeling different emotions, we have family and friends, we both celebrate holidays even though they may be slightly different, we watch sports, and work at similar occupations, etc… On a flight from Dublin to Prague, I met a guy who used to farm in Ireland and is now an accountant. As some of you may know I am pursuing a degree in accounting and I grew up on a small farm, so it was quite a treat to talk to this man. It felt like I was talking to someone back in Nebraska when I had the opportunity to chat about farming and accounting.

With that, every place I have visited has cultural differences and similarities and it is always interesting to try and figure them out. I try not to compare everything with the U.S. but I have enjoyed experiencing each countries unique culture. It is pretty easy to figure out the differences between our cultures but it is rather difficult to pick up on the similarities. This upcoming weekend, we have a field trip to Poland, and I am pretty excited for it because it is opportunity for me to immerse myself in their culture. Thank you, for taking the time to read this blog post and I hope you enjoyed it. It is crazy to think that I have around two weeks of class left. Time sure goes by fast! Na shledanou.

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A farmer driving through Olomouc. The farming equipment is a little smaller than what is commonly seen in Nebraska.
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My friend Luke (on the right) “fencing” the son of our professor Martin. Martin’s son does fencing as a sport in school.
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A Cathedral in Vienna. The churches in Europe are incredible.
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One of the main canals in Venice. It looks like a pretty busy day.
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A view of some stonewalls in Ireland. The stonewalls create areas that are used to keep the livestock contained.

-Abe Dush

 

 

Personal Excursion

Hello to you all after just coming back from a nice break. I hope that you enjoyed your Easter celebration and the wonderful spring weather that is coming with it. For this blog post, I am going to write about my spring break personal excursion.

Spring break started at the end of our field trip in Venice, Italy. For our field trip we went to Vienna, Austria and Venice, Italy. These two cities are absolutely amazing and both are unique in their own ways. Those two places did not disappoint when it comes to field trip experiences. However, the real fun began when we were let loose for our spring break.

For spring break I went with a group to Rome, Italy. We left for the eternal city Saturday afternoon by train. Once we arrived we headed for the Vatican City because we received free tickets to the Easter Vigil mass with Pope Francis. We had to apply for the tickets and with that a very special shout out to Father Hock from the UNK Newman Center for helping us get those tickets, thank you so very much.

We went through security which was an impressive process and hustled our way up to Saint Peter’s Basilica. Saint Peter’s Basilica is absolutely incredible and it is one of the most impressive and beautiful things I have ever seen. Once inside we hurried to find empty seats for the entire group and ended up towards the back. We were given little books with English translations and it was a once in a lifetime experience. We got the chance to see Pope Francis and he is pretty short in height but there is a presence about him that is absolutely amazing. I wish I could say that we got to meet him but I guess I can only dream.

After mass we went back to our hostel tired but excited from the incredible experience. We came to find out that not only did we receive tickets for the Easter Vigil mass but also for the Easter mass in Saint Peter’s square. This was the next morning so myself, and two others from my group left early Sunday morning to stand in line for a couple hours in order to get up front for the Easter Mass. It was yet another amazing experience and such an incredible way to spend Easter Sunday. I missed Easter back at home, but mass with the Pope is the next best thing.

After that we did the normal touristic things of seeing the Coliseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Castle of the Holy Angel, Vatican Museum tour, visited multiple churches, and several gelato shops. We did that and several others things within a couple days’ time. On Wednesday, another small group of us went to Saint Peter’s square once again to attend a service with the Pope and receive his apostolic blessing. We had the chance to be five feet away from the pope as he rode by on his Pope-mobile. Leaving the service blessed and pretty ecstatic from the experience we then split up for the rest of spring break.

Luke Fennessy and I took a plane up to Dublin, Ireland where we toured the city and then traveled to the west coast city of Galway. There we went to one of the Aran Islands of Inisheer and to the famed Cliffs of Moher. Right behind my experiences of Vatican City, the Cliffs of Moher come in as my second favorite experience of this entire study abroad trip.  The cliffs were absolutely stunning and for the next couple days Luke and I stayed with the group of UNK students studying near Galway, Ireland. It was a relaxing experience and a great way to spend the last couple days of spring break. We arrived back in Olomouc around 2:30 Tuesday morning tired and ready to be back at our temporary home of Olomouc.

Reflecting back on the spring break experience, there was a lot of things that happened within a couple weeks’ time. I did a lot of traveling and sightseeing and it was definitely one of the most eventful spring breaks of my time studying at UNK. The difference between the countries are incredible. Before I left for this study abroad trip I would lump up everything in Europe as the same, however, my time here has proven that every place has its own unique twist on things. It not only keeps a person on their toes but it also keeps the suspense of traveling alive. With the conversations I have been having with the locals it is surprising how interested and up to date they are with the events going on back in the States. America has a worldwide presence and I know I will pay more attention to what is going on in our country due to the impact that it has on everyone throughout the world.

I would love to include all of my other experiences from spring break in this blog post, but the post would be much longer than it is now and probably a little more boring. It is so great to be back in Olomouc and reunited with the wonderful group of 24 students which have come to be family. Thank you for taking your time to read this and I hope you enjoyed it. I included several pictures so make sure to check them all out. Remember to enjoy this wonderful spring season and have a great week. Na shledanou.

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Waiting for the Easter Vigil mass to start in Saint Peter’s Basilica
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A night view of the front of Saint Peter’s Basilica
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Luke, Miranda, and Myself after the Easter Sunday mass
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Tossing some pennies into the Trevi Fountain in Rome
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Pope Francis riding right next to us before the Wednesday service
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A Catholic church in the village of Spiddal, Ireland
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Got a little taste of home when feeding a cow on the Aran Island of Inisheer
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Hanging out on one of the stonewalls on the Aran Island of Inisheer
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A beautiful picture of the Cliffs of Moher. The pictures really do not do them any justice.
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A nice view from the Cliffs of Moher
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A first person view right next to the cliff
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Got the chance to listen to some traditional Irish music in the small village of Spiddal

-Abe Dush

 

Academic Life/Studies

Hello to you all, once again it is time for another blog post. This last week was a mighty quiet one as I have been resting up for the next two weeks of traveling. My last week consisted of class, class, and more class. That’s right, so what better to write about in this blog post than the academic life and studies that my fellow classmates and I are going through. So get out your pen and a notepad, class is about to begin. We have a total of 12 credit hours consisting of Czech language, Special Topics (writing these blogs), Eastern European Studies, and International Studies Field Study. We normally have two lectures a day during the week either in the morning or the afternoon.

The most consistent class that we are taking is the Czech language class. This class has proven to be quite difficult but also very rewarding. We are being taught by a wonderful but tough professor, and she expects a lot from us. So far she has taught us the Czech alphabet, the numbers from 1-100, daily life dialogues, and quite a few common words. Even though it has proven to be quite difficult it is also very rewarding. Lately whenever we go out to eat we have been trying to order our food only in Czech and there is a feeling that is hard to beat that comes from when we can go through the entire ordering process 100% in Czech.

Now to give you a little taste of the Czech we have learned so far, it’s time for a quiz to test your Czech skills. Here are 5 phrases and words in Czech. Do you know what the English translation for these are? Question 1: Těší mě. Question 2: Nerozumím. Question 3: Čokoládový. Question 4: Na shledanou. Question 5: Zvlášť nebo dohromady?. That’s it for the quiz, did you pass? I have included the English translations at the end of the post.

Now on to the next class, Special Topics. Special Topics consists of writing these weekly blogs. At first they felt like a burden but they are actually very beneficial. It’s a great way to do some critical thinking about what we are going through and thus we can get more out of our trip. So the group of 24 has to keep weekly blogs and there are a total of nine posts we need to do. There are several different topics we can choose from and for some updated news, they can now be over 500 words in length. Sometimes it is difficult to get the motivation to write a blog post after a weekend of traveling but in the end, it is worth it.

The Eastern European Studies class has been the most interesting for me so far. We have several different professors that give lectures about Europe and a lot of it is from a historical view. To name a few of the topics we have heard about are the Crusades, Radio Free Europe, Europe and the Turks, and Christianity in Europe. It is very interesting having professors from this area give us these lectures and they are very knowledgeable on these topics. I have taken a lot from these lectures and it is very easy to see how the history here connects to things happening in Europe presently.

Our International Studies Field Study, consists mainly of field trips to places that are related to the Holocaust and World War 2. Some places we have already visited is the Jewish ghetto in Prague, Czech Republic and the city of Dresden, Germany. This upcoming week we will be taking a trip to Vienna, Austria and Venice, Italy which should be pretty incredible. After that we will go to Krakow, and Auschwitz in Poland, and Bohemia which is the western part of the Czech Republic. These trips let us experience the places that we are discussing in class and totally help enrich the program. When we go on our field trips we are accompanied by two of our professors, Jan and Martin. Their vastness of knowledge about the places we go offer some incredible insight about the history. It is definitely a unique opportunity that has taught me a deeper understanding of World War 2 and the Holocaust.

Studying and taking classes in Europe is such an incredible experience and I am so glad that I decided to do it. The classes we are taking are teaching me quite a lot, and I am excited to bring this knowledge back home. If you have been following my blog posts, my next one won’t be until April 25th. This one was a bit longer so I hope that it will tie you over till then. Here are the English translations to the questions above. Answer 1: Nice to meet you. Answer 2: I don’t understand. Answer 3: Chocolate (adjective form). Answer 4: Goodbye. Answer 5: Separately or together?

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. The next two weeks are packed with traveling to Vienna, Austria, Venice and Rome, Italy, and Ireland. I hope that you are doing well back in the States and know that you are in my prayers. Have a happy Easter.

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A part of the cemetery in the Jewish ghetto Prague, Czech Republic
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Myself with a view of Dresden, Germany in the background
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One of our classes over refugees in Europe

-Abe Dush

Local People and Interactions with Czechs

After a quick weekend that consisted of a trip to Brno and Znojmo, Czech Republic, I am starting to get used to this whole traveling in a foreign country. Along with those travels I have come to discover that the Czech Republic is absolutely beautiful and the people here are wonderful. It is definitely one of the most underrated countries to visit and for my third blog post I will include one of my most memorable interactions with the Czech people.

This happened a couple weekends ago in Prague, Czech Republic where a small group of us went to a Sunday morning mass. As we were walking towards the church an older gentleman started speaking to us in Czech and we responded “Dobrý den” along with good morning. To our surprise he asked in English where we were from. We told him we were from the U.S.A, Nebraska to be more specific and after the conversation we went into the church. We soon found out that the he was the celebrant of the mass.

Since the Catholic mass is universal it is very similar wherever you go, and since it is said in Czech here, we English speakers usually quietly participate in the mass. However, when it came to the part for the “Our Father” prayer the priest was talking in Czech and we heard U.S.A and Nebraska, so we knew he was talking to the congregation about us. Very soon after that, he spoke in English “We are all children of God and everyone should say the prayer in their own language.” Later on in mass when we went up to receive communion, he said “the Body of Christ,” to us in English and with those few words in English it brought such an overwhelming sense of being welcomed along with so much joy.

After mass was over we wanted to find the priest to thank him. Once we found him, he told us his name was Brother Antonín and he asked us if we wanted to see his library. Of course we went with and we got a rare opportunity to see some of the oldest books in the Czech Republic. He showed us the first printed Czech translation of the Bible, a book made out of donkey skin, and several other old books. After that he asked if we wanted breakfast and he took us to a room where some members of the congregation were eating. We experienced some Czech fellowship and enjoyed the wonderful cuisine. Once we finished eating, Brother Antonín gave us a couple gifts and during our goodbyes he told us that this experience brought him so much joy.

It was such an unforgettable experience and it is one of my favorites so far on this trip. I am still so thankful for that incredible sign of hospitably and as the fourth week in Europe is just starting the time here is sure going by fast. As always I am missing you all back at home. Thanks for taking the time to read this post and until next time. Na shledanou!

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Our Lady of Snows, the Church we went to mass
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The library we got to visit
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Brother Antonín showing us the first printed Czech translation of the Bible
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The book made out of donkey skin
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Some books categorized by the letters on their binding
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The wonderful food that we got to enjoy

-Abe Dush