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Seeking out adventures in an era of comfort and pandemics (part 2) – West Bohemia

Introduction

As my grandmother fled 1945 from the advancing Red Army to Bavaria with her little baby girl (my aunt) in her arms, she had to march westwards across the territory of the then called “Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia” – a journey which was unimaginably dangerous in a war-devastated Central Europe.

It was the way that appeared the shortest from the home-town of my grandmother’s family Breslau in Lower Silesia to the comparatively save Bavaria, where the Americans were expected to impose their version of a military administration, as …

Engineering series 6: Astronomical clocks in Prague and Münster

Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Astrolabium
  3. Astronomical clock in Münster
  4. Astronomical clock in Prague
  5. Summary

1. Introduction

For plenty of reasons, Prague is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, and if you had the pleasure to spend a few days in the capital of the Czech Republic (aka Czechia) for a sightseeing tour you would probably visit the Old Town Square in the city center with its scores of splendid and ancient buildings.

At the southwestern corner of the square one particularly noteworthy housing complex is situated: the …

Summer weekend in South Bohemia: Třeboň, České Budějovice

Introduction

One of the numerous intangible fantasies I imagined a decade ago was taking long romantic summer walks in picturesque countrysides, the sun is shining, and I do nothing but watching animals and gathering wild fruits and flowers.

Long romantic walks with girls seemed nothing more like naïve daydreams back in these days (and during the better parts of my 20’s and 30’s), as I led a miserable and isolated yet very comfortable existence.

Thanks to thousands of hours of exposure therapy and expanding my comfort zone, such essentially mundane …