I’m only three weeks away from leaving the UK and ending my Erasmus-exchange experience. The feeling I had in January about leaving my family and friends is coming back, as I’m now leaving the beautiful friendships I built here. Plymouth is a city that will always be in my heart.
Out of sight, not out of mind
Waking up to the sound of seagulls, having walks down the Plymouth Hoe and late night chats with my housemates. I will cherish the amazing memories for the rest of my life. I will miss everything I experienced here, even the lectures. They were so different compared to the Belgian ones, but yet so interesting.
Improving in language
I’ve learned a lot and it made me wiser, both the educational part as the language part. My friends noticed that my English improved and to be honest, I can feel it as well. Where I was nervous to start a conversation because I was scared to fail the language, I’m now much more confident and sometimes when I talk to my family through the phone, I tend to talk in English.
It’s been an eventful semester. Lots of laughs, tears and friendships. I met so many people and discovered a lot. Thanks to everyone who made this experience a time I won’t forget. My friends, my lecturers and most of all my mom, who supported me to go on an exchange.
Steve McCurry, known from the ‘Afghan Girl’, shows his photographs in Galerie Ambit, in Prague. Everyone can visit and see 107 large-scale photos and get to know him a bit more by information on the walls.
McCurry is known as one of the most iconic figures of contemporary photography. After publishing ‘Afghan Girl’ on the cover of National Geographic magazine, it became the most recognized photograph of that time and it won several awards. This photo is the largest shown in his exhibition.
Steve went to a lot of war areas such as former Yugoslavia and Afghanistan. It was after several months of travel that he crossed the border into Pakistan. There he met a group of Afghan refugees. Emerging in traditional clothes, Steve made is way over the border. His images were among the first to show the world the brutality of the Russian invasion. He made his way over the six continents just to take photographs.
The exhibition can be visited until 28th May 2017.
Entering a room at night and already a few people are asleep. As my first time in a hostel I was quite surprised! I went on a media trip to Prague with some fellow students and we stayed in a hostel. This is what my experience was like.
A hostel is the ideal place to meet new people, other countries, other stories. We met a married couple from Los Angeles, a backpacking girl from Australia and a French man who was there to celebrate his friends’ stag party. In the communal room we had loads of conversations and got to know each other’s stories. Meeting new people is not something you do when you stay in a hotel.
Although I slept in a bedroom for twelve persons, there is also the option to book a single or double bedroom with more privacy. I would recommend to stay in a room with other people, only then you have a true hostel-experience. We could store our valuables in a safe or luggage room.
The owners of the hostel organized several activities, from cooking to beer tasting. Again it’s an opportunity to get to know other people. Even though we went out for dinner every night, since it’s so cheap in Prague, there was also the option to use the communal kitchen. Once you get to know the other residents better you can start making plans together, especially when you travel alone.
When you need a lot of privacy, hostels are nothing for you. You need to be open and know that you are sharing a bathroom with a whole floor. People could literally see you taking a shower as the glass was transparent. No worries, men and women have separate bathrooms.
Although it’s a completely different way of residence than hotels, I would definitely do it again. Not only because of all the above, but because you can save a lot of money as well!
People on city trips are likely to do a guided tour, just to get more information and background. But what if you’re deaf or hearing impaired? Does that mean you aren’t allowed to receive the same advantages as people who can hear? Not in Prague, Czech Republic, as they do among other things tours for the deaf.
On the streets, at historical monuments, on boats,… It’s nothing new. A group of people guided by someone who does sign language. Not only guided tours, but also cafes for and by deaf or hearing impaired persons can be find in Prague. Ticha Kavarna, is doing a project called the ‘Quiet Café’, where all the staff are Deaf.
Quiet Cafe is a space where they can work hard and use their skills and evidence for themselves and for others. It also serves as a training environment, and provides support to graduates and graduates of colleges for their professional start.
They also offer space for deaf and hearing impaired artists to organize exhibitions, concerts and other cultural and educational events. The issue of the deaf employment in the Czech Republic is a very hot topic. Although the offer of academic and professional courses for deaf comparison with previous years is very extensive and diverse, only a few graduates find application in the open labor market.