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Published: September 21st 2009
Today was kind of eventful… It was also the last day of our study tour, so it’s back to Prague for the next few days, then I’m going home. I’m still not sure what I think about that. But back to today!
We started the day off by going to another cooperative farm and having a look around. The first unit we went to was the dairy unit. I can’t really comment on its condition since I don’t have a dairy background, but it didn’t seem to be too bad. Some of the students were saying it looked like it was built in the 80s, but I can’t say I noticed anything horrible there. I will say the cows there seemed to be a good bit friendlier than the cows we’ve seen on other dairies. And I was kind of excited by the fact that the calves there came right up to us when we walked by, so I got to play with a baby cow for a while. After the dairy unit we went to a grain unit and saw one of their storage warehouses. We also went and saw a large amount of canola seeds…that we
Ossuary at Kutna Hora.
proceeded to play in like a sandbox. I’ve come to the conclusion that most students never actually grow up, we just pretend to so that we can get into college and continue to act like five year olds. Not that I’m complaining - that process works just fine for me.
After the farm we went to an open-air museum that was pretty much the same thing that Heather and I went to on our homestay with Vaclav. It was kind of interesting, but we’d already been through a village set up similarly, so we just kind of wandered. After that we were supposed to go to Kutna Hora (one of my big reasons for wanting to come on this trip). Well we got back to the bus only to find that it had been hit by another car and we had to wait on the police to show up so that a report could be filed. We ended up leaving about an hour and a half late. On the way to Kutna Hora, Vlasta told us we’d have to choose between seeing the cathedral and the ossuary because we didn’t have enough time for both. I just about
Ossuary at Kutna Hora.
had a heart attack because some people were yelling for the cathedral. As we got closer it became a bit more apparent that we were going to go to the ossuary - if we made it before they closed. At this point I was more than a little agitated. The ossuary at Kutna Hora has been on my list of things to see before I die for several years, and I’ll be damned if I was going to get to the Czech Republic and even the town, but not see the bones. Luckily, we made it with about ten minutes to spare, so I got the chance to wander around and take pictures. That was probably one of my favorite things on this trip. Especially fantastic were the other people in the group reacting to my enthusiasm. I mean, being in a little chapel decorated with the bones of 40,000 people is a pretty amazing experience; I can’t help it that other people have problems with bones that have been dead for several hundred years.
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