• Orienting Ourselves

    Orientation is under way – can’t believe it’s already Friday! So we are into the last bit of the Critical Thinking, Academic Research and Writing: today’s lectures involve folk from all four areas we work in, and we’re trying to show, in several different ways, how interconnected these areas are. We’re about to do an hour of what is meant by ‘applied theology,’ but now the folk are still enjoying the coffee break. (Coffee seems to be the indispensable element for some teachers and students to survive!) The geography of students this year is probably even more amazing than previously: not only from nearby places, like several small towns of…

  • Old folk have their rights – even foreign old folk

    Any person who is over  70 years old is eligible for free transportation on the Prague subway, buses and trams. We were very surprised to learn that even we foreigners  are eligible for this wonderful privilege. The only difference is that for a Czech national their national identity card is all they need. For foreigners  the card  costs 20 Czech Krowns, just over 1 US dollar each. An annual pass for those under 70 comes to between $270 and $300. What a deal, free transportation on Prague’s busses, trams and subway for the rest of your life for just over $1.00. All you need is your passport and one passport…

  • Glory in the sky

    A few days ago we have welcomed back a couple of our dear friends, Bill and Nancy, who have returned to do another year of volunteer service with us. Here’s one of their first impressions: Sunday evening we walked up the Sarka Valley, that valley with such steep sides and cliffs facing it and paths running up the hills that you feel like you are walking in the mountains, that lies within the Prague city limits. It is almost like a wilderness. Hiking the valley is one of our favorite activities whenever we are here. There had been a lot of rain but the trail was not as muddy as we…