Compact archive February 28, 2006

Fifth Workshop on Treebanks (TLT 2006)

Institute of Formal and Applied Linguistics is organizing a two-week series of workshops and invited lectures which include the Fifth Workshop on Treebanks and Linguistic Theories (TLT 2006), the Vilem Mathesius Courses (VMC 2006), and the Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) group meeting.

The proposed TAPA 2006 workshop should open this series of events on November 30, 2006. More info here.


Great laundry adventure

Most of all Czech families has own washing machine and using laundry is rare. But I hadn’t idea, how foreigners solve this dirty problem. Until now.

Trial #1: How do I get all my clothes to the laundry mat?
Did I bring a laundry bag? Of course… not. Would it fit in my backpack? Maybe my socks alone… Okay then… bust out my suitcase. Now this isn’t as easy as it sounds – my suitcase also plays the role of my dresser since I have none. So I had to empty out everything inside to fill it with dirty clothes.
Trial #2: Which one says bleach?


Plastic surgery in Prague

Travelling because of plastic surgery is nothing new. But I didn’t know even Prague is one of the places where people come when they want a new look. You can read more about this unsual tripping here.

“The surgeon was fantastic,” she said. “She explained everything and the hospital was absolutely spotless. It was better than any private hospital I have been in in London.”
Jaromir Beranek, of Mag Consulting, a Prague-based tourism consultancy, said that health tourism was especially lucrative for the city as some people visited two or three times to check out the facilities.

Largest equestrian statue in the world

On the top of Vitkov hill, a place where battle in medieval was fought stands largest equestrian statue in the world. The rider is Jan Zizka, winner of this battle and one of greatest Czech tacticians and commanders. This blog can say you more.

Vitkov Hill was the site of a battle during the Hussite Wars in the 1400s and currently is home to the world’s largest equestrian statue. That’s right… a huge horse! The horse is about 9 meters high (about 30 feet) and 9 meters long.

Prague "Eiffel Tower"

On Petrin hill stands a lookout-tower very similar to Eiffel Tower in Paris. This tower is a small replica of her bigger French sister. Both of them has one another similarity: Their tips of tower are in the same elevation above sea-level.
See picture of Petrin tower.

Anywho, across the street is the funicular (yes that’s the word, shut up) entrance up Petrin Hill. What’s up there, you ask? Well, there’s a lovely little park area, with statues and benches, just like back in the states. There’s also this little mirror maze, which I’ve yet to go in, costs 40kc, I think. Best of all is the Eiffel Tower.

Some review of Petrin hill and Petrin Tower you can read here.