Czech School of Atlanta

This morning I got to attend the grand opening of the new Czech School here in Atlanta! Thanks to the networking of Facebook I was able to find and link up with some of the people in charge of putting everything together, and since I wanted to get involved with the Czech community here, I volunteered to take photos at the event.

I think there were thirty-something students registered for classes that start next Saturday. As of right now, there aren’t any classes for adults, but that will eventually change. The children will learn to speak, write, sing, and so-forth, in Czech.

Also, the school will help them to keep the Czech culture alive and well here in the States!

The ribbon cutting ceremony with the mayor of Sandy Springs, Eva Galambos.

Some Czech entertainment.

The kids receiving their school binders and some treats.

Yay Czech food, and no Caraway seeds!

The Board members plus some kids.

I realized today that I’m very thankful to have met Martin and to be introduced to this culture. Learning about and starting to really appreciate the Czech people, history, and way of life is honestly very amazing. He’s not just someone that I met down the street that I already know everything about. He represents an entire rich, interesting community that I am constantly learning new things about. It’s fun trying to learn the language and communicate. I love how passionate they are about their culture and customs. And I just really like Czech people. Once they warm up to you they are some of the friendliest people in the world. There is something different about them to me, but I haven’t put my finger on what that is just yet.

I hope to have to opportunity to do some more volunteering, even non-photography related, soon, and to meet someone that could do some Czech tutoring with me. Martin should be visiting in a couple of months, so that is something to look forward to! For now, I’m staying busy shooting weddings, families, and whatever else comes my way.

Bergen

This weekend we took a quick trip to Bergen, Norway. Really really beautiful place, though we didn’t have the best weather while we were there. There was light rain on and off and it was pretty chilly up in the mountains. Not the best environment for camping, but we made the most of it! I would love to go back when it’s sunny, it would be gorgeous.
Those two 12oz local beers were $12 each! Norway is super expensive, they seem to be living in their own economically superior bubble there. I wonder how much photographers make there..
After roaming around the city center we took the gondola up to the top of Fløibanen and started hiking from one gondola to the next (supposed to be around a 5 hour hike). It was really rocky and muddy thanks to the rain, so a bit difficult. By the time we were ready to set up our tent we were pretty soaked. Since it was cold out we never really dried off. I had to wear a pair of pants on my head to keep warm. We didn’t bring any camping silverware, so we got to “drink” our can of beans. Despite the cold weather and the fact that the sun doesn’t fully set, we got plenty of sleep and continued the hike the next morning.
In other news, today marks one year that Martin and I have been together! We met a little over a year ago, but we became “official” in Germany this time last year 🙂 We’ll probably grill out in the garden tonight since it’s such nice weather right now. And, we received our NOA1 in the mail from the Department of Homeland Security, so that is exciting!
Last night we spent some time conversing in Czech, and Martin taught me a few new words. It’s obvious to me that making yourself speak in the language whenever you can is the best way to learn. In three weeks I return to Atlanta to work for a few months and I hope I’ll find time to practice..