Saturday, January 26, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013

Back to School

I am currently working in donor support at ACSI, and am taking some online computer courses to help me do my job better.
This is what my "classroom" looked like today! Yes, I was using 3 laptops - one to watch the class, one to take notes, and one to put to practice what the video was teaching me. I am slowly learning this rather complicated computer program (coffee helps!).

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Welcome to Prague!

Tim is in beautiful Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic. He is there for an accreditation visit at one of our ACSI schools. He had some free time today (Saturday) before he flies back home to Colorado early tomorrow morning.
Here are some pictures he captured (on his iPhone - amazing!) and sent to me.
He visited a museum today where there was a huge paper model of the city of Prague from sometime during the 19 century. Tim used to build paper model castles, so he found this grand scale model to be very fascinating.

Tim was also able to attend an afternoon performance of Don Quijote(a ballet) at the State Opera house.

Prague by night

Prague by day

The famous Charles Bridge has 30 statues on it - they line each side of the bridge and face each other. These statues depict various saints and patron saints (St. Francis of Assisi, St. Augustine, St. John the Baptist, etc...). The plaque on the statue of St. John of Nepomuk has been polished to a shine by many people who have touched it.  Tradition says that if you rub the bronze plaque (the one depicting St John being thrown off the bridge), you will one day return to Prague (In case you are interested.....John of Nepomuk was a priest in Prague under King Wenceslas IV.  The Queen made a confession to John of Nepomuk.  Unfortunately for him, the King being a very suspicious man, pressed John of Nepomuk for the Queen’s confessions which John of Nepomuk would not reveal, not even to the King, because it would be against his commitment of confidentiality. John of Nepomuk was therefore executed by being thrown into the Vltava River from the bridge, where he drowned.

Prague has amazing subways! The escalator at Namesti Miru station is about 100 meters long and, according to its builder, is the longest escalator in Europe. It takes about two and a half minutes to ascend or descend the escalator if you stand still!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

A frigid Sunday afternoon

COLD but beautiful winter hike in Garden of the Gods this afternoon.