57 Days

Only 57 more days until I leave for Prague.  It is beginning to hit me that I am going to be leaving the United States, my friends, and family.  The tickets are paid for , tuition is go, the cat has been micro chipped, and we are waiting on the dog passport.

 

The only that scares me is the Czech language.  Obviously everyone speaks English, but learning the language will be a goal of mine.  I’ve already begun listening to podcasts and looking at the basics, and must say that it is most discouraging .  First off, the Czech language has 40 letters…..one of them being a letter that is unique to Czech.  The Ř is a letter that only the Czech language has a scary pronunciation.  Roughly in English equivalent to RZH or maybe RUZSHH and the R is rolled like it is in Spanish. In the Czech language, an L and R can be the nucleus of a syllable , sort of like the word bottle in English where the second syllable is bah-TLL.

Czechs also don’t like vowels apparently.  How about this tongue twister : Strč prst skrz krk. 
Stick your finger through your throat.

 

Lord have mercy on my soul.

very nice picture. It looks spectacular at night.

LGPhotographix

New York Skyline

This is probably one of the most famous skylines in the world.  It has appeared in so many films over the years and in that time it has changed in its appearance.  Even now when I see pictures of the skyline when the WTC Twin Towers were still standing high and proud it sends a shiver down my spine when I think about how they came to fall.

In this picture you can see the construction of the new 1 World Trade Center abbreviated to 1 WTC but also commonly known under its previous name of ‘Freedom Tower’.  It is the lead building of the new World Trade Center complex in lower Manhattan in New York City.  This photo was taken in August 2012 when I was visiting this wonderful city for a few nights as part of my family holiday. I took this shot when we were visiting Ellis…

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I think this nails it. Very nice job.

ProBasketballTalk

All-Star weekend usually signals the official start of a frenzied week of rumors and eventually trades in the NBA. Everybody is in town — this year Houston — and general managers are talking face-to-face rather than texting and by Tuesday trades are picking up steam.

But maybe not this year.

If there was a buzz in Houston it’s that the luxury tax is scaring teams off big deals, and a lot of the trades you do see go down will be about lowering salary heading into next season more than improving the team on the floor.

The Raptors would love to move Andrea Bargnani but nobody else wants to play along and take on his $12 million next season. The Bobcats are desperately trying to move Ben Gordon but are finding few takers for the $13 million he is owed next year. Put Kris Humphries and the $12 million he…

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beautiful pictures. Is travel from Prague to Venice via land practical? I will be relocating to Prague very soon and Venice has always been a dream destination for me.

PragueByKaty

I love travelling with airplane. I know it is not good for this planet (car or bus is?), maybe soon we will travel with new Zeppelins :-). I don’t fly that often, but for Conejo Blanco Blog Hop Challenge: View From An Aircraft I have found couple shots that I would love to share with you.

CBBH Blog Hop

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wow, gorgeous photo. An awesome blend of islam/christianity.

Have Bag, Will Travel

Seville Cathedral

“The Cathedral and the Alcázar of Seville bear exceptional testimony to the civilization of the Almohads and to that of Christian Andalusia dating from the Reconquest of 1248 to the 16th century. The Giralda, which influenced the construction of many towers in Spain is a masterpiece of Almohad architecture.”  –  UNESCO

The “Twelve Treasures of the Kingdom of Spain“…

…was a contest/poll that was conducted by the Spanish Television Company Antena 3 and the radio broadcaster Cope. The final results were announced on 31st December 2007.  I thought it might be interesting to take a look at the eight out of the twelve that I have visited.  Third in the competition was the Cathedral of Seville and I am going to have to cheat a little on this one.

The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the See is the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world.  After its completion in the early 16th…

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