MY JSME SPARTA!

My jsme Sparta. We are Sparta. That is the motto for AC Sparta Praha, the city’s premier football (soccer) club. I like that. What do I think of when I think “Sparta”? Absurd toughness. Honor. Pride. Strength. That describes the fans alright. I’m not entirely sure about the team yet. But what I can say…

Smoke.

Smell is the strongest sense we have regarding triggering memory. I read that once. It is primal. It activates something deep within our animal psyche. It makes the memory something much more powerful than just a thought. It transports us back into our own history. The distinct aroma of a perfume or a lotion and…

Why I Love The Tribe

Last night I went to the climbing gym. This has become my regimen. Three times a week, I ride the tram across the river, slip on and strap down a pair of rubberized ballerina shoes, and submit my fingers and forearms to two hours of torturous hell. We call this bouldering. I’m preparing for the…

I Want To Go Adventuring

Have you seen this video yet? It’s the trailer for Ben Stiller’s new movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The short story is about a gutless wimp who spends a car ride with his overbearing wife imagining he was doing something better. Basically, it was about someone who was so caught up in their dreams…

147 Hours

The teacher asks how we are, in Czech. The class responds with a chorus of dobře. Good. In fact, we are not good. But “good” is the only thing anyone can remember how to say and the only thing any of us will cop to. The caffeine from the triple espresso is going to wear…

Welcome to Praha

Well, what can I say except I’m finally here. After having traveled around Europe for exactly 38 days, I am in Prague. My apartment is nice; it’s actually nicer than my apartment in Lexington. It’s still not as nice as some of the other guy’s apartments, or the girls’ — one of whom has a…

August 31

Get up, Check out, Chill and read One Thousand and One Night, Eat lunch, Hump it two miles to the new apartment, Meet my roommate Ian (UC Boulder), Wait for the guy to let us in and bring the other roommates, Meet Doug (Wake Forest) and Charlie (Formerly Centre College and currently U. of Cent. Missouri),…