Sunday, October 21, 2001

Kutna Hora and Transportation

I hope you're all having a good week. Mine has started out nicely. Yesterday was spent on a day-trip with our Czech friends to a town called Kutna Hora. There is a nice cathedral in the town, as well as an old church that has an interior decorated entirely with human bones. That was quite a sight to see. It reminded me of an anatomy lab, but with a thousand times more bones. There was a chandelier made of skulls and arm bones, and there were many other intricate things which had been built with bones. Karen will probably put several pictures from this place on her picture site, so you'll get an idea of what it was like.

We ended up walking about 7 miles yesterday around the town to see the various sites, so everybody was very tired by the time we came back to Prague. Jerry, Tanya, and I went over to the girls' apartment and ate pizza with Marsha and Sissel in the evening. Prior to this weekend the two groups of people haven't been visiting each other's residences very often because the route that we had been using to travel between the two locations took about 1 hour and 15 minutes one way. The subway system is set up like spokes on a wheel, and there are three lines. Each line has it's middle in the city center where all lines cross. It used to be that we would have to take our line (line C) into the center of the city and then take the girls' line (line B, I think) out to their apartment. On Saturday Jerry or Tanya found a much better way to go, so instead of riding the subway into the city center, we take a bus to a stop on the girls' line which is only about 10 minutes from their apartment. This is quicker because their line is the next spoke over on the wheel. Now the trip takes 25-30 minutes one way, which is enormously better. This will allow us to spend more time together and I think it will be beneficial to the group dynamic.


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