Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Prague..


Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic.[4] Situated in the north-west of the country on the Vltava river, the city is home to about 1.3 million people, while its metropolitan area is estimated to have a population of over 2.3 million.[5] The city has a temperate oceanic climate with warm summers and chilly winters.
Prague has been a political, cultural and economic centre of Europe[citation needed] and particularly central Europe[citation needed]during its 1,100 year existence. For centuries, during the Gothic and Renaissance eras, Prague was the permanent seat of twoHoly Roman Emperors and thus was also the capital of the Holy Roman Empire.[citation needed] Later it was an important city in theHabsburg Monarchy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire,[citation needed] and after World War I became the capital of Czechoslovakia. The city played major roles in the Protestant Reformation, the Thirty Years' War, and in 20th-century history, during both World Wars and the post-war Communist era.
Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of twentieth century Europe. Main attractions include the following: Prague Castle, the Charles BridgeOld Town Square, the Jewish Quarter, theLennon Wall, and Petřín hill. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
Prague boasts more than ten major museums, along with countless theatres, galleries, cinemas, and other historical exhibits. Also, Prague is home to a wide range of public and private schools, including the famous Charles University. Its rich history makes it a popular tourist destination, and the city receives more than 4.1 million international visitors annually, as of 2009.[6][7] Prague is classified as a global city.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Exploring Europe. Exploring Life.



In the summer of 2008 the road called my name again. I traveled 9 weeks in 9 countries! Greece, Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, Austria, Germany, Czeck Republic, Slovakia and Poland. I am so thankful for the friends I made, for the places I visited, and also for the chance I had to spend time with me as I explored this amazing continent. I am thankful for the delicious moments and for the moments when I felt lost and confused, because those moments are also part of this adventure we call l i f e.

I visited spectacular cities, quaint small towns, and beautiful landscapes. It was a journey which renewed my soul and saturated my senses. I had the priviledge to explore the roots of western civilization. From philosophy to architecture, sports to visual arts, literature to music, religion to politics. From the mythology of ancient Greece in Samothraki island to the basics of democracy in Athens to the atrocities of Nazism in Auswitchz.

I experienced the hospitality, friendship and generosity of Europeans through 
couchsurfing.com and through chance encounters on the road. I want to thank each of you for making me feel welcomed in your country, in your city, in your village and in your home.

Thessaloniki: George:
Samothraki: Estela, Anna, Nafla, Georgia, and Dupy
Istanbul: Gökhan and Esra
Sofia: Gergana, Zhivca, Plamena and Ivo
Hateg: Mihai, Mihaela and Simina  
Bucharest: Dalma
Budapest. Laislo, Renata, Kendra and Christine
Vienna: Anna, Markus, and Maria
Salzburg: Chris and Anja
Graz: Daniel and Beate
Innsbruck: Girasole 
Cracow: Anna
Wroclaw: Maja
Prague: Klara and Katka

Pictures

ESPANYOL

En el verano del 2008 el camino llamo mi nombre de nuevo. Viaje 9 semanas en 9 paises! Grecia Turquia, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungria, Austria, Alemania, Republica Checa, Eslovakia, y Polonia. Estoy super agradecido por los nuevos amigos, por los lugares que visite y por la oportunidad que tuve de pasar tiempo conmigo. Estoy agradecido por los momentos deliciosos y por los momentos en los que me senti perdido y confundido, porque ellos tambien son parte de esta aventura que llamamos v i d a.

Visite ciudades espectaculares, pintorescos pueblitos y bellos paisajes. Fue una travesia que renovo mi alma y saturo mis sentidos. Tuve el privilegio de explorar las raices de la civilizacion occidental. Desde filosofia hasta arquitectura, deportes y artes visuales, literatura y musica, religion y politica. Desde la mitologia de la antigua Greecia en la isla Samothraki y las bases de la democracia en Atenas hasta las atrocidades del Nazismo en Auswitchz.

Experimente la hospitalidad, la amistad y la generosidad de los Europeos atraves de 
couchsurfing.com y de encuentros fortituos en el camino. Quiero darles las gracias a cada uno de ellos por haberme hecho sentir como en casa en su pais, su ciudad, su pueblo, y en su hogar.

Thessaloniki: 
George:
Samothraki: Estela, Anna, Nafla, Georgia, Dupy
Istanbul: Gökhan y Esra
Sofia: Gergana, Zhivca, Plamena e Ivo
Hateg: Mihai, Mihaela y Simina  
Bucharest: Dalma
Budapest. Laislo, Renata, Kendra y Christine
Vienna: Anna, Markus, y Maria
Salzburgo: Chris and Anja
Graz: Daniel y Beate
Innsbruck: Girasole 
Cracow: Anna
Wroclaw: Maja
Prague: Klara y Katka

Fotos 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/aranamario/collections/

"La carretera es una seduccion sin fin."