Anna's Reality Czech

February 14, 2011 - I’m home now, in my own apartment that I love so much. I had jet lag most of the week and still get walloped by tiredness each day, but I’m glad to be home. I’ve struggled a bit with mixed feelings, especially my impression of downtown Dartmouth as economically and architecturally depressed and depressing. But I am sure I will gradually get used to the way things are. After all, they haven’t changed… it’s me that has.  Which makes me wonder… should I consciously try to maintain the change, and perhaps think about moving, or should I just take some time to acclimatize?

February 6, 2011 - Today was my last day in Prague, a warm, mostly cloudy, gently spring-like sort of day. I decided to walk the Charles Bridge to visit the Old Town Square and the art nouveau Municipal House where the Modigliano exhibit is, and Wenceslas Square.  There were a lot of Asian tourists about before noon, not so many Caucasian faces.

January 31, 2011 - This past week was full of social activities. The English conversation group attracted two women the first day and one man the next. The businessman, Paul, said he would come again this Thursday...

January 16, 2011 - It’s been a very social weekend! Yesterday I woke up relatively early (8 something, rather than noonish!) and cooked a meal of curried lentil soup and lemony pasta salad in case Greg and Martina, two teacher friends from Ceske Budejovice , decided to come for lunch. They did come, bearing gifts and seemed to enjoy their food, which was created out of whatever ingredients I had hanging around my kitchen, so I didn’t need to buy groceries before the stores closed on Saturday at noon.

 January 22, 2011

January 9, 2011

 The last couple of days I haven’t been feeling well, spending literally half my time in bed. Thankfully I had stocked up on groceries for the weekend and made a big pot of soup so I had something to eat.

January 3, 2011

I am starting 2011 feeling like a bear coming out of hibernation- cranky, hungry and not quite ready to wake up.

December 16 & 17, 2010

It's a beautiful sunny day.

December 10, 2010

 

December 5, 2010

At the end of a busy weekend, including a bus tour to Austria, Anna is thankful for her bed and Polish choir music.

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Anna Quon

Anna Quon in the Czech Republic, November 2010

Our guest blogger Anna Quon, an accomplished freelance/creative writer and writing workshop facilitator, who lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, will share her experiences living in the Czech Republic for three months.

Anna is volunteering at Townshend International School as Writer-in-Residence and then doing a writing residency at Milkwood International (where she will devote her time to revising her second novel and writing poetry).

She considers the former Czechoslovakia as the home of her imagination, after falling in love with Czech expatriate writer Milan Kundera's novel, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, more than 20 years ago.

Anna is passionate about many things, especially writing. It is through her writing, and her volunteer work with community organizations, that Anna honours the lives of people who, like her, are living with mental illness. In 2008, she received the Inspiring Lives Award from the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia. In 2009, she published her first novel titled Migration Songs which was shortlisted for the Dartmouth Book Award.

Watch a 2-minute story about Anna.
Visit Anna's web site.