Do you have memories which you are not sure that are real? I have one which is very persistent. I don't remember much from my childhood but I seem to remember very strongly that we went on a school trip to a castle called Loket. No more details, just this piece of information and it carries quite a positive feeling. I keep this memory like some treasure though I absolutely don't know why, it's so strange.
Now, you won't be surprised when I tell you that the memory made me really curious about how the castle looks so last year my husband and I went to visit it. I loved the castle as well as the town surrounding it and sharing the same name, and today I'd like to show you some of the photos that I took there. Click on the photos to see them larger.
About a week ago my husband and I spent several hours in Prague. We had tickets for a concert of "Rodrigo y Gabriela" there and we decided to visit a few places before the concert would start in the evening. The weather wasn't nice, it was a dreary and rainy day, but eventually it was not as awful as it was forecast and we enjoyed the trip. I'll show you a few photos that I took but first I'd like to tell you more about those Rodrigo and Gabriela in case you've never heard of them. They deserve it.
"Rodrigo y Gabriela" are an acoustic guitar duo coming from Mexico yet their music does not present Mexican traditional melodies. It is influenced by more genres including rock and heavy metal and the word "acoustic" describes it significantly. Most of their repertoire consists of instrumental pieces, they are both skilled guitarists, but lately they've added also songs sung by Rodrigo. They made such great progress in the last several years... We saw them in the "Colours of Ostrava" festival last year and loved them and when my husband noticed a few months ago that they would come to Prague in April, we agreed on going to see them. They didn't disappoint us, the concert was great and I would go again right away. They said that it was their first concert in Prague and promised that they would come again next year so we will see.
And now back to my photos but please, don't expect the famous Charles Bridge or Prague Castle, there is more to Prague than just its icons. (Click on the photos to enlarge them.)
No. 1: Statues waiting patiently in a yard, probably for the time of their repair or show time. I couldn't take my eyes of them!
Put your hand up if you think you're sexy. Well, I can't see enough hands in the air… Why? Somebody might have told you that you're not sexy and you believed them… But you're sexy. Each and every one of you is sexy. Just believe in yourself.
As you might have read in one of my earlier posts, last summer hubby and I visited the music festival Colours of Ostrava. The very first concert we chose to listen to was performed by Heymoonshaker, a pair of musicians combining excellent beatbox and raw, blues guitar. We chose their concert because we saw some of their videos on YouTube and they felt like an interesting start of the festival for us, but we didn't expect much. And then, watching and listening to them, their performance left us dumbfounded. The experience was so powerful and overwhelming, giving us goose pimples in one song and entertaining us in another. If I should name three bands that I liked most in the festival, Heymoonshaker would make it on the list.
But not to digress, you know how it goes in concerts.
The other day my husband and I were shopping in a Tesco hypermarket in Pilsen. Inside the building, there were presented several large boards promoting books to be published, each side of the boards was devoted to a single book. There was always a paragraph or two presenting the book and its author but what especially attracted my attention were images of the book's covers along with their drafts and other versions, it's something one rarely has the opportunity to see. Who could resist having a look behind the scene?
Several of the promoted books were written by Franz Kafka, a writer coming from a Jewish family who was writing in German and lived in Prague at the turn of 19th and 20th century. He's famous nowadays but his life must have been really troubled. It is interesting that much of his work was published after his death despite his wishes for it to be destroyed.
On Friday we had what might be the coldest morning this winter with its -20°C, which equals -4°F. Actually, it would be the coldest morning in the 15 years we've been living in this village. I was a bit afraid that my car wouldn't start because I was supposed to get to work and to get my children to school so it was a relief to hear the car making up its mind and waking into operation. The gear box was stiff and was moving with slow deliberation but we were on our way and that mattered.
Several years ago I read for the first time about the idea of choosing a word for the following year, a word that is supposed to be an inspiration and guide rather than any kind of resolution. The word can represent something personal to be focused on throughout the particular year, something one wants to learn, develop or improve in, or it can represent a desired change in one's life, a direction to be followed, a dream to be fulfilled... So many possibilities...
Here we are again, at the end of another year. Nobody knows what the next year holds for them and how they'll be able to embrace that. It's time to wish one another strength, health and happiness and it's high time to send New Year cards to our friends, families and business partners. Someone celebrates the last day of the year as a milestone, others refuse to see anything special in it, but the truth is that the date changes and we need to get used to that new number...
I've posted New Year cards in this blog since 2011 and just a few weeks ago I was made aware by my American friend of the fact that not everybody understands what the "PF" in my cards means. That took me by surprise and I realized that I took for granted something that was not true. How often it happens, right? So this time I want to add an explanation for those of you who are not familiar with this abbreviation.