Day 3, June 9, 2009
Vysoka Skola economicka and the great guitar quest
Took the tram by myself to school this morning, didn't get lost, I've been shockingly not getting lost on the trams thus far, quite pleased with myself, ha ha. Was the first class today for the class being taught by the Vyosoka skola economicka (school of economics) professor. The class is called "Doing Business in Center/Eastern European countries", and that's basicaly what's it about, how to do business in Central and Eastern Europe, include culture, customs, legal matters, etc. Lots of history intermixed, and talking about current events. I think I'm really going to like the course, not too much number crunching (unlike my other course) just pure useful things to know.
I'm coming to learn to never predict what a bathroom is going to be like in the Czech Republic.. Really, this is important to know if you're a born and raised American Unlike the U.S. where every restroom is pretty standard, but here it takes practically 5 minutes to devise simple things like how to flush the toilet! And, often the toilet paper is located OUTSIDE the individual stalls (warning to girls!)
met the nicest Slovakian student stuying at the university in the international student computer lab today. I was struggling, trying to figure out how to access a guitar shop via tram, how to print, and all the while spazzing on the international keyboard, and Katerina totally explained the easiest way to schedule public transportation, a wealth of useful information about the school, and definetly saved and will save a lot of useless wandering time. She offered to give me a tour of the city and then go for a drink with her friends, which I'll totally take her up on. I have yet to sample the Czech beer!
My main quest today was to find and buy a guitar. First I had to go back to Vodaphone because I left without my charger when I bought the phone the other day. The same guy who helped me out there last time was there (cute and spoke great English), and he also helped me map out how to get to the guitar place. Vodaphone is located right next to TESCO which I go to practically every other day, so I may be tempted to stop by and say hello (I
mean dobredy) each of my trips, lol 😉
So after Michal printed out the map, I found the guitar shop. I seriously never would have found it without a map, it was in an unlabeled surprisingly close to a main tourist drag building down in a basement. God, was it good to get my fingers on some strings again. Ended up spending a little more than planned, but she's beautiful. The clerk was really friendly (though I'm not sure how much he really understood my English, he smiled and nodded a lot), and I learned about a music festival that is going on in Prague next week called United Island. I will definetely be checking that out, maybe bringing my new Cort (based in Korea). Shocking good guitar for only 3500 crowns (that crowns, not dollars folks).
Unfortunately, I have to do finance hw now. I'm still sneezing my head off, and keep on accidentally buying sparking water, hmmmm. Still got to plan weekend travel
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