Photos by Jesse Newman (Elon University), Student Correspondent for Film Production at FAMU, Fall 2019 This essay consists of photographs taken on trips organized by CET. These traveling opportunities encourage students to explore parts of the Czech Republic and surrounding countries that would otherwise be easy to miss. This photo is from Český Krumlov. Shortly after arriving in Prague, CET took all students to a small town in the Czech Republic called Český Krumlov. Situated more than two hours outside of Prague, this town is quaint and beautiful. Despite its small size, the town attracts a great deal of tourism. According to Czech Radio, the town’s population is around 13,000, but due to booming tourism, it produces the waste of a city of 45 or 50 thousand people. Still, it is a wonderful destination in stunning Bohemia—a great first getaway. We also went to Kutna Hora for one day. This town has many similarities to Český Krumlov, but without the buzzing tourism. This shot is from the backyard of a local restaurant I went to with friends for lunch. We explored an old silver mine in Kutna Hora. Hard-hats were essential as the jagged ceiling could be as low as just four feet tall at times. It was dark, dank, and tight quarters but was well worth it. FAMU students went to Berlin to tour film studios and film museums. During our weekend trip, we passed through the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe on a walking seminar of the city. CET Czech Buddies organized a day hike in Bohemian Switzerland. This is the view from the top of the mountain we hiked. By the end of the day, my phone’s health app registered that I had walked over 12 miles and climbed 91 stories. It was wonderful to break out of the city to spend time in nature. Most student’s classes also include a week-long traveling seminar around the region. We started in Krakow, Poland. In my free time, I found a bustling marketplace with fresh produce and incredible honey. From Krakow, we then went to Auschwitz. We had unseasonably pleasant weather in the death camp—a strange dichotomy of being in a place of unfathomable tragedy yet enjoying a beautiful day. Another trip many of us students signed up for was to go to Ostrava for the Kamera Oko Film Festival. While there we had the chance to see Czech, Slovak, and many other international films. After screenings ended, I explored the town and took photos with a friend.