Written by Max Jackson, CET Prague Photo Program Spring 2011, (Syracuse University)
Over the weekend I went to with Rozalie, one of our Czech buddies, to her home town of Olomouc, which is a historic city in Northern Moravia. The center of the town is a UNESCO world heritage site, Rozalie and I took the train from the Hlavní nádraží (main train station), braving the perils of the Czech train system. Olomouc is a gorgeous little city, like Prague but much quieter. We met with her some of her friends at a pub and walked around the center in the evening. The next day she showed me her family’s small cottage in Šternberk, which is fifteen minutes from the town and then we went to Svatý Kopeček (the holy little hill) which has a beautiful church called Church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary. We then went to a ball at her High School which was quite interesting to me because I did not attend my my high school prom. It was sort of like high school reunion meets prom where people visit their hometown and drink with old friends, it was definitely a unique cultural experience. Roza and I needed to dress up formally to join the fun. The next day we enjoyed the best beef tartar I’ve had in the Czech republic and then took a train by to Prague.