March 12th, 2007

don't test on me

Ahoj :)

today was absolutely beautiful. was able to wander about without layers and my coat. after being all bundled up since i arrived, it felt like freedom. i spent almost the entire day tracking down a hotplate for my room (we aren't supposed to have them IN the room, of course). found one. also bought a comforter and a little wooden sailboat to brighten up my room and remind me of home just a bit. i've had a hotplate....there was one outside the room in the common little area i share with my neighbors. i have been using it, bringing it in my room to cook and returning it as soon as it is cool. it vanished friday. i asked one of the girls about it this morning and she told me it was in their room and is theirs. well..... i didn't know. the info about the dorm says the rooms share a little fridge and a hotplate. when i went down to ask it turns out the hotplate is in the shared kitchen on the floor below me. we are not allowed to have hotplates in the room. so, apparently, they can't share their rule breaking with me. no worries, i am perfectly capable of breaking rules all by myself.
i have volunteered to teach english at a local ngo. i am looking forward to it. also, my czech teacher recommended me to one of the schools she teaches at, which would be a paid position. pretty cool. i read much about people struggling to find paying teaching jobs here and one knocked right on my door. :)
i have learned my way around the metro and tram system and am pretty damn proud. point a to point b without getting lost! if you know me at all, that is a really big accomplishment.
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    Cat Stevens - Classics Volume 24
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don't fear death

kafka

oh, i just finished Metamorphosis.... seemed appropriate in Prague. i admit i've not previously read Kafka. i don't get it...... alienation? self-identity? paternal control? guilt?
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    Exactly like You - Jazz Vipers
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laughing puppy

more time quotes

Calendars are for careful people, not passionate ones.
- Chuck Sigars

Time is just something that we assign. You know, past, present, it's just all arbitrary. Most Native Americans, they don't think of time as linear; in time, out of time, I never have enough time, circular time, the Stevens wheel. All moments are happening all the time.
- Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess

I don't think of the past. The only thing that matters is the everlasting present.
- W. Somerset Maugham

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.
- Henry David Thoreau, "Economy," Walden