Author: Stephanie McKenzie

Gone to Montenegro

I have done what any Serbian does, if possible, in the summer months: gone to Montenegro. Montenegro is about a twelve-to-thirteen hour train ride from Belgrade, and I would recommend it above any other form of travel. Though the train is not air-conditioned and the heat, for about two hours after leaving Belgrade, left me feeling quite woozy, the train… Read more →

Taking Gusle Lessons

I have been spending time in Vrbas, Serbia, a town of about 35, 000 people which is approximately a forty-minute drive to the second largest city in Serbia, Novi Sad. Vrbas is a three-and-a-half hour bus ride from Belgrade. I have been told that this is the town where the gusle tradition has maintained itself more than in any other… Read more →

Leaving Prague

I’ve come to realize that I understand a place better the moment I begin to leave it. There are things that I recognize I will miss. I know that there are things that might not be replicated in other places. There are people I have to say goodbye to, and there is, of course, always a specific history that every… Read more →

Outside Prague: Bohemia Roadtrip

For three days I travelled by car outside of Prague, determined to see some of Western, Northern, and Eastern Bohemia, as well as more of the central Bohemian region. I left Prague early one morning and began heading South, taking a route which brought me through such places as Čerčany, Benešov, Votice, Tabor, Sezimovo Ústí, Soběslav, České Budějovice, Český Krumlov,… Read more →

Existentialist Thought from Prague

There is a significant amount of public art in Prague, none so impressive as the moving, metal sculpture of the head of the great Czech author Franz Kafka. Artist David Černý designed this, and if you click on this link, you can see the sculpture move. What also stands out are David Černý’s fiberglass creations of the seeming otherworldly babies,… Read more →

Prague’s Dogs

It is absolutely impossible to ignore Prague’s dogs. There is a plethora of them. These are mainly small dogs who can be seen in parks and restaurants and around the streets. They are well groomed, pampered and obviously the joy of their owners’ lives. Why do I mention this here in blog posts which are dedicated to research about Bohemia… Read more →