Back to the Future!

September 19, 2011 - Olomouc, Czech Republic

I first want to start out by welcoming everybody back to my blog “life”. Saying that, let me begin my stories!

This all begins after I was accepted into the medical program at Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. For those of you who don’t know already, this is the same university and town that I studied at just over a year ago. My first experience here was that of pure enjoyment and I knew at that time I needed to return someday. However, I never thought that it would be so soon, nor for medical school.

Leaving my family, friends, and girlfriend this time around is proving to be much more difficult. During my previous trip here, I knew that I would only be gone for 3 months and I was surrounded by a group of Nebraska students that I would eventually became great friends with. This time however, I knew I would be embarking on a long adventure of 6 years and would be making a very big life decision. This is definitely a fork in the road of my life, but it was a decision I was happy to make. I have been determined to study medicine for over 10 years and I know that no matter where I go I will get a great education and practical experience. Sitting here in Europe as I write this, it is almost surreal as to where I am and what I am doing right now!

Embarking On My Great Journey

With disbelief and nervous butterflies, I hugged and kissed my family and girlfriend goodbye at the airport. It was finally the moment of no return (well, for at least till January). I was doing great emotionally, until a certain moment hit. It was like a giant cloud of pollen and bugs had come swarming into the room and gotten into everyone’s eyes. It was almost contagious the way it spread. But fortunately, we were all able to produce tears and wash away whatever may have gotten into our eyes! I decided at that time I must hurriedly crack a joke and board the plane before things got out of hand.

The plane ride was long and consisted of stops in both Chicago and Copenhagen, Denmark after departure from Omaha. Then I finally arrived in Prague, a mere 17 hours later. Fortunately, I had no troubles with my travel and all my luggage was waiting for me upon my arrival! I then went to board a bus that would take me to the train station. Unfortunately, the bus was full and unable to accommodate my bulky luggage and myself. I accepted this without second thought and decided to grab some supper before the next bus arrived in 30 minutes.

After catching the next bus, I arrived at the train station just in time to witness my train leaving. This was kind of disappointing, since it would take an hour until the next train left. If only I had been able to squeeze my way onto the first bus, I would have made the train! I then proceeded to call my friend Pavel, a rugby friend I made during my first trip, and told him I would be an hour late since he was picking me up from the train station in Olomouc.

I was greeted by my friend Pavel at the Olomouc train station and he took me to his home and let me to stay the night. I was grateful for this because it would have been nearly impossible for me to find a hostel at midnight, as well as still being tired from the long trip.

The next morning Pavel drove me to the dorms I will be living in and helped me get checked-in to my room. I wish I could say that was as easy as it sounded. When I first tried to get checked-in, the lady at the front desk was very rude and tried very little to communicate with me in my native tongue. So I proceeded to try speaking to her in Czech and upon hearing the struggles I was having, Pavel stepped in and took care of the check-in. It wasn’t until later that Pavel told me that his conclusion of the lady’s attitude was that of a complete KURVA (pardon my Czech)! I was glad that it wasn’t just me that thought that.

I have since met my roommate, Antwon (spelling?), from Portugal. He is only 18 years old, but seems nice enough. As well, Pavel has tried to make me feel welcome in Olomouc and has had invited me along for some things to do. He had a garden party (appropriately named because it was a party located in the backyard, which contained a large garden). There were only about 6 of us at the party, which was good and allowed me to get to know everyone a little better. It also allowed me to become the entertainment for the night. It started out as just a small pronunciation correction of something I said in Czech and turned into “teaching Kane Czech”. Which, after a few drinks became pretty comical. Although I did learn a lot of Czech phrases that night, I am afraid I won’t be able to use them in public (unless however I need to communicate with the lady at the front desk in the dorms, and in that case, I suppose the cafeteria lunch lady from my stories last year)!

Pavel also invited me to watch a handball match that his girlfriend was playing in. Having no idea what handball was, I was excited to experience it for the first time. It was kind of like a mix between soccer and basketball that took place indoors. Pavel’s girlfriend’s team ended up winning by a large margin, so it was an even better time! The next day after the handball match, I went to the rugby pitch and watched the team I used to play for, compete. They ended up losing the match, but it was a close game throughout the match. As well, it was a lot of fun seeing the guys I used to play with and catching up with them!

All the fun aside, it was time for my first day of class. I was a little nervous and unsure of what to expect on the first day of classes. But, everything went well and I am looking forward to the semester. It will be hard at first adjusting to the European style of teaching as well as the strong Czech accents, But I am confident that with time it will all become second nature.

 

Until next time,

-Kane Znamenacek


5 Comments

Cindy:
September 19, 2011
Good luck Kane. Keep in touch with your blogs. I enjoy reading them. You will have the time of your life!!!
Jamie B:
September 19, 2011
Pavel the hero! Glad to hear classes went good! Great "stories" as always!
Lisa "Karpisek" Messman:
September 20, 2011
So glad you are writing your blog again. Love your stories and humor.
Lisa
Mary Beth Karpisek:
September 20, 2011
I was hopng you would start your blog again. Good luck. Show that dorm lady your great smile and dimples and she'll have to melt!
Kane:
September 21, 2011
Thank you all, I am glad you enjoy reading my blog. I will try to keep it updated and as interesting as possible!
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