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The Pankrac skyscrapers project approved

Sep 21, 10:20 (Filed under: Other )

The future face of Pankrac [visualization ECM] There has been a new development in the case of Pankrac skyscrapers. Recently there was a verdict of the Czech Ministry of Culture, approving the controversial project. It was to great extent due to a UNESCO guarantee that Prague won’t be deleted from its list if she should let the skyscrapers be built.

The discussion has been going on for years. It is typical in many ways, a clash of developers’ pragmatism, uninterested in the impact their plans might have on the environment with the conservative stance of those who live in the place. Any new project has to face rejection from some of the residents, any change of the environment is unpleasant and potentially damaging. However, it is generally understood that the project is supposed to be good. Pankrac has been semi- abandoned for many years, with large plains of unused terrain and awful half-completed skyscrapers, lacking any relation between them. The new project is supposed to bring new life into the area, to create a new center in the now less attractive of a site.

At this moment it is unclear whether it will or will not serve the purpose. There are reasons to believe it will not. The centre is supposed to be a clearly commercial one: shopping malls, fast foods, offices. Necessary to add, the UNESCO may not punish Prague in any way, but it’s certainly not happy about the plans. It expressed great concerned and has an inquiry carried out into the project.

It is always a very difficult question how to modernize a city like Prague, especially the parts already damaged by ignorance of the past. The strong argument of the project’s defenders is simple: the Prague panorama is already disrupted, the skyscrapers are already there and they won’t be demolished. We can leave the place alone (in a sorry shape) or try to give it some integrity. The two giants were built in the seventies, regardless what will they cause to the city panorama. They made a cut into it, they are like sole teeth, they seem totally inappropriate.

The project may be the only way out, yet it depends on how we take it. The new giants should be interesting (this too seems questionable) and they should be useful, a place of gathering of the city community. And they shouldn’t be a reason for a needless clash with UNESCO.

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Prague legends – Golem

Sep 17, 14:30 (Filed under: Other )

There are many legends about Prague and people who lived here. One of the most famous ones is about Golem.

It should be mentioned, that in Jewish tradition, golem is an animated being made of inanimate matter. There are few stories about different golems, but Prague one is definitely the most popular out of all of them. The story about him has many slightly different versions, but basically says that in the second half of 16th century well educated Rabbi Jehuda Ben Bezalel, also known as rabbi Loew, who lived in Prague Jewish ghetto, created a big clay figure, Golem, to protect Jews from hostile attacks. Well, this was Rabbi’s intention. He brought Golem into life by following special rituals, so Jews would have a strong protector. But soon, Golem started to be more and more violent, he was attacking innocent Christians, according to some versions of the legend also Jews and he even turned against his creator.

People were scared of Golem, so emperor asked Rabbi Loew to destroy the dangerous creature, and in return, he promised him that attacks against Jews would stop. The key how to destroy Golem was on his forehead. When Rabbi was creating him, he wrote there a world in Hebrew letters, which transcripted into Latin alphabet would be “emet”, it means life. To destroy him, he rubbed out the first letter of this word, “met” means dead in Hebrew, so all the signs of life disappeared from Golem. It is said, that his body was left in the attic of the Old Town Synagogue and could be still found there.

The story about Golem is pretty well known in the Czech Republic. Also because of the popular movie comedy from 1951, in Czech called Cisaruv pekar a pekaruv cisar (Emperor´s Baker and Baker’s Emperor) in the US this movie was released under the name The Emperor and the Golem.

And of course, Golem’s story was many times featured in literature; we could mention a Nobel Prize holder Isaac Bashewish Singer’s short novel Golem or very interesting mysterious novel of the same name by Gustav Meyring. There is even featured a ballet show in the National theatre, inspirited by Meyring´s novel.

And, Hybernia Theatre prepared a musical about Golem, the show is in Czech, but with subtitles, thought might be interesting also for foreign visitors.

Beside all those books and shows, Golems also appears in the name of few restaurants and companies, which is just another prove of his popularity.

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The New National Library Project

Sep 6, 17:03 (Filed under: Other )

The national library is currently in Clemetninum. This site lends it a special feel, with its baroque/classicist architecture and large old- fashioned study rooms. The problem is the amount of the books stored there is so exceedingly high that they simply have to be moved into new premises. That is how the whole thing started. The competition ended with a controversial decision to choose Jan Kaplicky, who may well be the most famous Czech architect abroad at this moment, but who also represents a very original and often provocative architectonic style. His big success being the Selfridges building on the former Bull Ring in Birmingham, his projects are often inspired by organic shapes (fly’s eye in the mentioned case), he tends to use curves instead of straight lines and sharp colors.

His first Prague project is indeed an interesting piece of work, or, a piece of paper, for the moment. Some kind of a stiff, straight- lined post- functionalist monster would probably be more suitable, since functionalism is old enough to let us get used to it and seems effectively dead. Kaplicky´s green monster seems very alive, its shape, by the way inspired by a strange sugar dose he once glanced on in Berlin, gives it a creepy character, it seems it wants to walk away from Letná and attack the city center. Personally I think this is quite a funny aspect of it and I have no problem with the “weirdness” itself. I prefer this solution over some cubic glass house, which may fit its surroundings, but they may be quite tiresome.

I surely would be very much against placing of such a thing inside the historical parts of my hometown. But I believe the project suits the under- used park of Letná quite well. It is more difficult to say that about the city center, from which we will observe the new building- mainly its “eye” emerging from beyond the trees of Letná. Does it have to be that extravagant, the indigo sight of a green octopus keeping an eye on the national heritage? It doesn’t, but I don’t see a reason why it shouldn’t. It is a bit over-the-top and it may be better placed elsewhere, that is for others to decide. But frankly, what kind of a new dominant should be ther? We could hardly try to resurrect the past styles and the cold modernism is already out of date, and unsuitable for the position. As an experiment in post-modern extravagance, a test of how the old Prague will handle it, it seems adequate comes at a right moment.

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The city water supply in Prague

Sep 4, 10:24 (Filed under: Other )

Old Town Water Tower in Prague As early as 1348 was the first water supply established, when wooden pipes were constructed, carrying spring water into fountains on the main squares. There were rich sources of the spring water underground, for example one under the Zitná street, which probably influenced the way the New Town was planned. The first water tower was situated near the Charles Bridge, yet the unfortunate Peter’s Tower did not survive long, burning down in 1425. In 1489 the Old Town water tower was built, soon followed by a New Town version, which is, though destroyed several times during its history, still standing by the Mánes exhibition hall.
There was another one built for the Lesser Town in 1562. The last and the highest of them all was separated from the river over the years by sedimentary soil from the river.

It is important to mention that the whole water supply system was meant as a supply for the city fountains and for selected households only. The fountains were often eye- catching art works on its own, for example a renaissance fountain on the Old Town square, decorated with sculptures of planets, dominated the square from 1593 to 1861.

The water tower system worked until the 1880s, more or less unchanged. At that time new lithium water pipes were placed, being the basis of Prague´ s water supply until today.

In order to prevent landslides and secure the Prague hills, a controlled circulation of water was to be fixed. The major project of this kind was the Rudolf tunnel (Rudolfova stola). Quite a megalomaniac plan for the time, it connected the Stromovka (the Royal game-park at the time) with the Vltava river. The tunnel being long and difficult to create with the given equipment, struggling through an unknown material and constantly interrupted by outbursts of subterranean waters, the task took ten years to accomplish. Open in 1593, it became a showcase of the emperor’s supposed ingenuity. It was accessible until 1711, but is closed down since. A 350- meter part was re-opened in 1997 for the sake of a of a Rudolph II exhibition. The tunnel was 1098 meters long, with 2 to 4 meters high ceiling. It was situated up to 45 meters below the surface. The project’s plans, an interesting artifact, a nearly three meter long paper with various decorative details, are kept in the National Technical Museum.

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Children’s island – a place where to take your kids in the city centre

Aug 26, 14:12 (Filed under: Prague walks, Other )

Children's Island in Prague Children’s island (Detsky ostrov) is an ideal place where you can take your kids if they want to play a bit. On this island on the Vltava (Moldau) River is located a big and really nice playground.

You can easily get there if you take a tram to Ujezd station (there goes trams number 12, 22, 23 from Malostranska Metro station), then you go to Vitezna Street, continue still straight till you get to the river at the end of the street, then you turn to the right and walk by the river on your left hand till you see an access to the island.

And there is a big playground, which any child should like. There are many attractions – swings, slides, nets for climbing, sand for building castles, wooden boat, wooden little house and many others.

There are also quite a lot of benches where parents can sit, while watching over their kids or enjoying the view on the Vltava River and buildings on its banks. And beside the entrance is a restaurant, where you can buy something for refreshment.

Dogs are not allowed in. And the playground has only one entrance and around it is a fence, so you do not have to worry, that your child could get lost easily here.

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Czech patrons

Aug 8, 17:46 (Filed under: Other )

Statue of St Wenceslas in the Wenceslas Square Have you ever thought which saints Czechs have as their national patrons and then, when they lived and who they were? Well, you can see five most important Czech patrons on Wenceslas Square. On its top is a famous and big sculpture of Saint Wenceslas (Vaclav) riding a horse, who is surrounded by Saint Adalbert (Vojtech), Ludmila, Agnes (Anezka) and Prokop.

So the main Czech patron is St. Wenceslas. He was a duke, who ruled in Bohemia in 10th century, he helped to spread Christianity here, he founded future Saint Vitus Cathedral (at his times it was built as a small rotunda) and in 28th of September 935 (or in 929 as some says) was murdered by his own brother Boleslaus (Boleslav), who gained the Bohemian throne this way. But Boleslaus soon started to regret his villainy in public and Wenceslas was canonised as a Saint very shortly after his death. 28th of September is since then celebrated as his feast day, and since 2000 it is a day of public holiday (Czech Statehood Day).

One of the figures, which surround St. Wenceslas, is his grandmother Ludmila. She educated his grandson in Christianity, which make jealous her daughter in law, Wenceslas´mother Drahomíra, who send two noblemen to kill Ludmila. She was strangled with her own scarf. She was also canonized shortly after her death.

Other very important Czech patron is St. Adalbert. He was a bishop of Prague, founded a monastery in Brevnov, but later he fled from Prague to Hungary, where he baptised her ruler, then he spend some time in Poland and after that he went to Prussia with a Christian mission, where he was murdered by pagans in 997. He is considered to be a patron not only of Czechs but also of other nations.

Then there is St. Agnes, a princess who lived in 13th century. She refused to accept politically arranged marriage and instead decided for religious life and work. She founded the convent and hospital of St. Francis. She died in 1282, being 71 years old.

Last person on St. Wenceslas sculptural group is St. Prokop. He lived in 10th and 11th century as an eremite monk in nearby of Sazava River. By the time he gathered around himself a group of men who also wanted to live in a same way of religious life as he did, which led to foundation of Sázava monastery (Sázavský klášter).

Those mentioned above are the most important of Czech patrons, but not the only ones. As other Czech patrons are also considered Jan Nepomucký (Johannes of Nepomuk) Konstantinus (Cyril) and Methodius (Metodej), Saint Vitus (Vit) and Sigmund (Zigmund). Even John Huss (Jan Hus), who was never recognized as a saint by a Catholic Church (how could be, when he was burnt as a heretic on a stake), could be consider as a one of the patrons of this country. So Czechs have many of them but none is such popular as St. Wenceslas.

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The Periphery of Prague

Aug 4, 10:13 (Filed under: Other )

Housing estates in Prague-Modrany Prague’s periphery is far more interesting than a visitor might expect. It does not have entirely uniform a character, it is rather a mixture of different styles, which emerged as the population of the outskirts went in time.

The most visible and probably dominant kind of architecture is that of large- scale slab block housing estates. These do, especially when seen from a higher point in the inner city, for instance the Vysehrad castle or the Jindrisska tower near the Wenceslas square, look like a modern fortification of the capital. They were built mostly in the 1970s and the 1980s, often on empty, currently unused spaces (“on a green meadow” is a translation of a Czech term for these), with only sporadic settlement. If the slab-block dominated areas seem desolate to you, just imagine what impression they’d been making during the time of the construction and shortly afterwards. The estates were greenery-less, there were no parks or playing fields. The shape they are in today is much better. It is interesting that, as I’ve heard, the slab blocks were not even economical. It was more of a trend, a kind of vulgar version of then- popular functionalism and mainly “Corbusiéresque” urbanism.

Sometimes I wonder what the process felt like for the former population, the small settlements, as they were slowly being replaced by the big city architecture. You may often see a house or two, obviously older than the concrete giants, standing in their shadow, surrounded. They seem almost grotesque, given the contrast in style, imagination of the projects, which works as a remainder that changes in city architecture should be cautious and more sensitive in the future.

What remained are the small villa- quarters inside the peripheral ones. There is, for example, an old quarter called Záběhlice, situated in Prague 4, which is quite picturesque. Another example is almost village- like Písnice and some parts of Modřany. These are the older parts, left behind and, luckily, left alone during the process. Elegant, quiet, out of place, they feel like islands in a sea of concrete, since most of these areas are already encircled by the slab blocks. Shame they present only very small sections of the above- mentioned quarters.

There are numerous places like those mentioned in the peripheral or semi- peripheral parts of Prague. It is good to know about them and eventually have a look if you’re forced to head their way.

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Botanical Garden in Troja

Jul 21, 13:09 (Filed under: Other )

One of the possibilities how to spend a nice summer afternoon in Prague is to visit the Botanical Garden. The Garden is located in Trojská Street no. 134, in Trója, which is very close to the Zoological Garden. The best way, how to get there, is to take a bus nr. 112 from Nádraží Holešovice (Metro C – red line), then take off the bus at „Botanická zahrada“ (which in English means Botanical Garden) station. From here you will just follow indicators „Botanicka zahrada“ and in about 5 minutes you will be there.

Opening hours in the summer period are a bit more extended then those at other parts of the year, so from May till September is the Garden opened daily from 9:00 to 19:00. But I would better recommend you not to go there on Monday, because this day the Fata Morgana Greenhouse is closed. And according to my opinion, Fata Morgana is the most interesting part of the exhibition. It was opened in 2003 and its interior is divided into three parts with different temperature and humidity of the air.

The first one is dedicated to xenophile tropical and subtropical vegetation and presents plants from Australian bush, Madagascar Island, south Mexico and some parts of Africa. In the second part of the greenhouse are placed plants from tropical rainforests. This second part also includes probably the best spectacle from the whole Botanical Garden – two big fresh water aquariums with fish and other aquatic animals, which live in tropical lakes. And the last, third part, of the greenhouse presents vegetation of high mountains of Asia, Africa and South America.

If you decide for a visit of the Garden in this summer season, you can also take a look on one or both of sculpture exhibitions, which takes place there, in open-air space. One of them is called Nová Sadba (New Seedlings), it is on display from 6th of July till 30th of September 2007 and it presents sculptures created by students and graduates of Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. The second sculpture exhibition with a simple name Sochy Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe Sculptures) takes place from 21st of June till 16th of September and presents modern sculptures from this African country.

Entrance fee to the Botanical Garden, which also includes entrance fee to the Fata Morgana greenhouse, is 100 CZK for an adult, 50 CZK for children 6 – 15 years old; students and pensioners, children younger then 6 years have entrance for free. There is also a possibility to buy a family ticket for two adults and two children, which costs 250 Czk.

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Prague’s Observatory at Petrin Hill

Jul 11, 08:35 (Filed under: Other )

Stafanik's Observatory in Prague In Petrin parks, near the Rose Gardens and the Hunger Wall, there is a famous Stefanik’s Observatory, which was opened in 1928. As already mentioned, this observatory is dedicated to the name of Milan Rastislav Stefanik (you can see his statue in front of the sun dial). This distinguished man, among many of his occupations (he was General in French army, a pilot, a diplomat or a co-founder of Czechoslovak state) was also a successful astronomer and Charles University graduate. About the observatory, there are two telescopes, one in the main dome, and one in the western dome. The eastern dome is used only for scientific observations. The observatory offers interesting public day and night observations of the sky, when the weather is good, and it’s open during the whole year.

Again, when the weather is suitable, you can visit the observatory and observe the sky, strictly speaking, during the day, you observe the Sun, the solar disk, the sunspots, or also the solar flares, and during the night, it is the Moon and the planets of the Solar system, or you can even look beyond and observe chosen stars or galaxies. If the weather is bad and the visibility is low, then you must be satisfied with their astronomical exposition. In that case, Planetarium in Prague might be a better choice.

Anyway, Petrin Hill in all its beauty during summer is certainly worth a visit, the best way to get there is to take the funicular from Ujezd, or you can also walk from Prague Castle or Strahov Stadium. And if you decide to visit the observatory, too, in July, it is open from 14 to 19 and then from 21 to 23 for the night show. The admission is 40 CZK, or 30 CZK for students. For example, during the night you can observe the planet Venus which will be the brightest on July 12 or on July 16, there will be an alignment of planets Venus, Saturn, and the Moon very close to constellation Leo’s brightest star, blue-white Regulus, or one more tip, around July 22, there will be the best conditions to observe the Moon’s surface formation.

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Holidays to come

Jul 4, 16:20 (Filed under: Other )

Czechs are expecting two national holidays which are coming on Thursday and Friday this week, so most of the workers are looking forward to the longer weekend. But beside the longer weekend, these days off are also memorial days of three people who had exceptional importance to the Czech nation. Let’s have a short look who they were.

On Thursday the 5th we are commemorating two christian missionaries – Cyril and Methodius. They came in Czech lands in ninth century (due to tradition it was 5th of July 863) from the Byzantine Empire, they were teaching here the Christianity in the Slavonic language. And their great importance is in translating the Bible into the Slavonic language.

Then on the Friday the 6th we are commemorating Master John Hus, a religious thinker and reformer of the great influence. He died on 6th of July 1415, when he was burned at the stake after the council at Constance found him to be a dangerous heretic. But before his death, he initiated an important reform movement, which was based on John Wycliffe’s ideas. Among his aims was the demand that everyone should be permitted to read the Bible in his own language, something which was for the Catholic Church of that times absolutely non-acceptable…

The strange fact is that although the Czech Republic is one of the most atheistic countries in Europe, those national holidays are both devoted to religious thinkers, teachers and leaders. But we have to remember that Cyril and Methodius had a great cultural influence on Czech lands and Master John Hus is regarded as an important moral authority. These men were not afraid to speak against the powerful Catholic Church.

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Seaworld attraction in Prague

Jun 13, 08:30 (Filed under: Other )

Shark in the seaworld in Prague Did you know that you can see Sand tiger shark, the one that is often shown in the movies (along with the Great white shark) and the one that guards the shipwrecks, in Prague? This shark is probably the biggest attraction in the permanent exhibition of sea fish and sea animals in Prague – Seaworld.

I noticed that the exhibitors like to point out how many square meters of exhibition space, litres of sea water, etc., there is, but when you enter, you will see that it is not so big. On the other hand, with all this blue light show and sea music, paintings on the ceiling, it is an impressive place. Locally, you get the feeling that you actually are under the sea level. The big aquarium looks really nice, like a reef, with all these different and exotic coral fish from tropical seas, and the sharks, of course. The one named after Port Jackson port in Sydney looks interesting with its bulging eyes and flat head. I don’t know all these fish names in English, but it was fun to recognise some from the movie Finding Nemo. There was another amazing fish, not special from the side, but from the front, it was so thin that I thought it disappeared somewhere. Shaped like a pancake or something similar. What might be disturbing is all the camera flashes when other visitors take photos. Not everyone has a chance to discover the real underwater world and I think this exhibition is a sortable compensation. In example, they use special tube lights as a substitute to sunlight and a moon or water pumps to simulate high and low tide.

Also, be prepared to pay when you want to see all this. For adults, it is 240 CZK, and 190 CZK for students. It is located at the exhibition ground Vystaviste (one tram stop from Nadrazi Holesovice), and open from 10 to 19. Don’t forget to take your cameras, I forgot mine and I still regret it! Seaworld is a nice experience, and after all, it’s always good to learn something new.

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Day trip to Karlstejn

Apr 21, 12:23 (Filed under: Other )

Karlstejn Castle from the village Have you heard about castle Karlstejn? Have you been there? Well, I am sure you know it, but if you haven’t visited it yet, I had, and here is the story.

So, earlier this year, we visited castle Karlstejn. It was Saturday, the weather was warm and sunny. We woke up quite early, 8 am, went to supermarket to buy some food and drinks for the day, and jumped on the train to Karlstejn from Hlavni Nadrazi (main railway station). The train was nice and comfortable, and the price for single journey ticket is normally 46 CZK, but we paid 32 CZK for using Z-card for discounted travelling. Btw, the train leaves every half an hour. So we had breakfast on the train, while enjoying window-view of the country.

After 40 minutes on the train, we finally reached the place and got off. We had a short walk through the bridge, and after passing a parking space, we saw the castle. It was impressive, look at the picture. All the way up, there were many restaurants, cafes, souvenir shops, and also a wax museum (including king Charles IV.) before we reached the first castle gate.

Below Karlstejn Castle Arriving at the court, we found out that two tours were available. The first last for about an hour and cost 130 CZK for the guidance in Czech, or 220 CZK if it was in foreign language. The second tour last for around 100 minutes, and was a bit more expensive. There were quite extensive discounts for students, though. Well, we were group of four, two foreigners, two locals. Besides, my friend couldn’t speak English, and I would be too lazy to translate the guidance to him and we didn’t want him to break away from us. After a short discussion we decided not to take any of the tours and rather have some hiking in the surroundings. Well, yes, I actually haven’t visited the castle from inside, but we went to other places that tourists don’t see that often.

So we followed the red sign, I am not sure how to translate that into English, but these are the signs (usually marked on the trees) that one needs to follow to get somewhere. So we followed the red one for several kilometres walking on small broken stones track, and then turning right to follow the yellow sign, which lead us to some lakes, that we later heard are called Small America. Very beautiful, very clean, and very cold. To get to the water, one needs to climb down one medium hill first. For all that, we tried the water, swam around a little bit, a friend of mine had even swum across the lake and back. Only a short swim was very exhausting, after drying up, we climbed up the hill, and started looking for a fireplace and wood. Actually, we made a new one, then we roasted some sausages, drank a bottle of wine, and rested.

Lake called Small America The rest of the tour was finding a new way home. We were not in the mood to walk the same way back. Lucky enough, we reached another noteworthy natural scenery. It’s called Saint John under the Cliff. There is a legend about this John how he expelled demons and met the first Czech Christian duke, etc. In the church under the cliff, you can see the hole through which the demon escaped.

Finally, we ate in the local restaurant in the village as we had to wait almost an hour and half for the bus that took us to town Beroun. Then another bus took us back to Prague. I was really tired that day, and the only thing I did when I returned home was taking a shower, and with pleasure, I went to ten hour sleep.

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Career Days 2007 at Prague Congress Center

Mar 12, 14:55 (Filed under: Other )

What a tough life of a businessman Last week, on Wednesday, March 7, I went to see Career days program, and what was is my impression of it? Ok, first, Career days is kind of a meeting of students with companies, their potential and possible employers. Did anyone hear about it? Did anyone go? This meeting was held in Prague Congress Center, and it last for two days. It is a good way to get an overview of the labour market in the Czech Republic. What more, it gives you a chance to establish some real contact with companies and individuals. And that is why what I wanted to make.

Specifically, there were two companies I was very interested in. Long before I got to know the market, I knew about the possibility of getting an internship that perfectly suited me and my field of study in one company in Frankfurt. I was pleased to find out they have an affiliated branch in Prague and this office was about to present themselves at Career days. I came to their stand enthusiastically just to find out they have no idea what I was talking about. That I should contact the headquarters. My first disillusion. Couple of free pens and danglers compensated for it. Walking aimlessly around, one cute hostess girl came up to me and smilingly offered me a help. I agreed. Soon I found myself at a presentation of a certain bank group, where I had no intention to go. And there came my other disappointment. One human resource woman had a speech and then she let students present themselves and ask questions. She had an answer to everything. Everyone would find a suited job for himself or herself in the bank. Well, after the meeting was over I came to this lady and said, I liked your positive speech, so this is what I study, this is what I can do, what I am interested in, and these are my experiences and qualifications. Do you think you can find an open student, part-time or internship position for me? At this moment we don’t have an open position but I strongly suggest you send us your CV and we’ll contact you. Madam, I did that last year, both personally and electronically, and I received nothing, not even an automatic email that would inform me that you received it. She tried to save the situation and gave me a business card with a phone number where I should call. I’ll think about that.

Later, I went to a couple of other presentations, but in overall, this Career Days did not meet my expectations. To point out some advantages, the whole project was well managed, every student received a useful package which helped them orientate. There were not so many companies, though. Now, I will think about it for a while before I send out my CVs. Anyway, I feel I can be more successful when I do my own internet research about my potential future employer rather than being one from many visitors at such an event. What do you think?

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Christmas ice-skating rink in the centre of Prague

Dec 18, 09:55 (Filed under: Other )

Fake reindeer Same as last year, there is Vodafone promotion ice-skating rink open for general public. It is located behind Estates theatre in the street Ovocny Trh.

I was surprised that the quality of ice is pretty ok in this weather. It didn’t meet my expectations but there is nothing I could blame Vodafone for, they’re trying hard and the ice scraper machine comes to clean the ice to maintain the standard quality every two hours. Decoration and cute Christmas tree are suitable, too. As a Vodafone customer, I could rent the skates and go skating for free. Others pay I think 30 CZK per hour.

It seems it is quite popular and people appreciate it. It is usually full, but it is still possible to skate there. I already went there twice and I will probably go again. There is also a buffet offering hot and cold drinks, including, of course, mulled wine and punch, and some hot-dogs, sausages, and soups. The rink is open every day from ten to half past nine until New Year. The money gained from skates rental will be donated to charity.

What more, there is a live web cam at
If you see someone regularly falling down, It is probably me…

If you want, they will lend you these fake antlers from commercial. Maybe I didn’t get this right, but the commercial says: “No more fake reindeers”, I bet you noticed that, but why there is everywhere this fake reindeer chihuahua dog with fake antlers looking at us?

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