Other than the first blog I sent, there has been virtually zero down time. The days are jammed packed with tours, lunches, meetings, dinners, etc. We toured a castle last Tuesday, a water power station on Thursday and a pottery factory on Friday. On Wednesday we met with the Faculty of Mass-media Communication from the University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Trnava, to explore some cooperative ventures. It was a very productive meeting and hopefully some new initiatives will emerge from these talks.
On Saturday we hopped on the 5:54 train to Prague, which is about four hours away. The city is absolutely gorgeous and it was packed with tourists. We had a nice two hour lecture late Saturday afternoon on the history of the Czech Republic from 1918 until today. The lecture took place in a building occupied by New York University. The rest of the time was spent touring around and trying not to get too lost. Charles Bridge is spectacular as is Wenceslas Square.
We arrived back Sunday night for a few hours of sleep before we hit the ground running this morning. At 9:00 we met with faculty from the Slovak Technical University for three hours of presentations. From there we had lunch at a Chinese restaurant and then I separated from the group to visit the University Library in Bratislava, which is really a public library used by university students. It’s beautiful library and has incredible seating spaces, both indoors and outside. Needless to say I was very jealous. I am looking forward to some joint programs with them in the areas of instruction and resource sharing.