APRIL&MAY|CZECH DIARIES

Dear friends,

I have been gone for a while. Winter has turned into hot summer (without even ten days of spring, which is quite alarming if you ask me) and my days were all about stressing over final exams.

Now it’s finally over. I’ve passed Cambridge English: Advanced and yesterday I also passed my last Maturita exams with the best grades (in the Czech Republic that’s 1). Which meeeans…

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… that this is my uni! Well, not officially yet since I still need to receive my certificate and send it to Glasgow, but still. After 6 years of waiting I’m finally coming to the UK. And however cheesy or weird it might sound, I truly feel like I’m also coming back home. I can’t wait to buy myself a new umbrella.

It also means that I’ll be with my best friend again. Well, not really as she’s going to Germany for a year (destiny hates us) but at least we’ll be in the same country for some amount of time. And I’ll have her flat and her job (younger friends just do have it easier, don’t they).

And last but not least, I am finally going to study French, German and Philosophy, which makes me super excited because philosophy, literature and languages are the things I could personally drown in and I’d die happily.

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I’m moving in 25 days. I need to run lots of errands, pack my whole life into a few pieces of luggage and then, while landing in Scotland, maybe it will finally hit me that it’s over. My life in Czechia. My life at high school. Sometimes it fascinates me how time is slow and fast at the same time.

MY APRIL&MAY FAVOURITES

KIMI NO NA WA (YOUR NAME)

This was my first anime film and I LOVED it. It was so intense, so gripping, I just sat on my bed, biting my nails and praying for it to have a good ending. The whole body-switch thing was very interesting and the story itself becomes even much more meaningful in the second half of the film. I’d recommend this to everybody.

THE HANDMAID’S TALE

I’d wanted to watch this TV show for a very long time and so what time is better than when you should study? I swear I watched the whole Handmaid’s Tale in 14 hours straight + 2 hours of sleep. Well, the available episodes at least. I just couldn’t stop. I needed to know what was going to happen next, I needed to find out what was going on in the story. This TV show has 2 seasons so far and I strongly recommend it. It’s very good. And the camera is beautiful.

PASSENGERS

Early in May, I got this weird obsession with films Jennifer Lawrence is in. Because she’s great. And because procrastination can appear in all different forms. I expected Passengers to be a film about people travelling to a distant planet – and actually arriving there. However, this movie is about people who wake up 90 years early before the actual time of arrival. Which is a super interesting idea. And the film itself has an amazing thought. Loved it.

As you can see, I didn’t do much – just studied and watched movies, basically. But! A week before my exams, I went to Montenegro in order to participate in the International Philosophy Olympiad (IPO) and represent the Czech Republic along with another Czech girl. And that was an amazing experience.

MONTENEGRO&IPO

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(Oh god, I hope nobody minds having their picture on my blog, these are tough GDPR times.)

To be honest, I didn’t expect much from Montenegro. I thought it was quite a boring country like Croatia (no offence, that’s just what it is to Czech people because it’s the typical place for holiday). However, Montenegro really did surprise me.

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The country is so beautiful, I just couldn’t get enough of it. We spent our days in Bar, which is a seaside town with sea on one side and mountains on the other. And rivers in Montenegro are turquoise! I felt like I entered a fairytale. Montenegro looks like the country of castles, princesses and dragons, as one American boy said.

When it comes to IPO itself, I met interesting people from all around the world and I genuinely enjoyed all of those days, learning about other cultures, ways of life and languages. My thanks goes to the organisers of IPO and also to all participants. It truly was an amazing and unforgettable experience.

This is all, people. Now comes the month of June, the month of packing and moving. I hope you’re all having a great time and hopefully I’ll finally start posting regularly again!

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Denisa x

2 Comments Add yours

  1. nerdoverseas says:

    Congrats on passing all your exams! Can’t wait for you to finally come to Glasgow. xx
    Also, Kimi no na wa is just an amazing film & I loved the pictures from Montenegro. I’ve been to the country once but I don’t remember much (well, I was ten and didn’t pay much attention to my surroundings so that’s that).
    Great post!

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    1. Thank you! Montenegro is amaazing.

      Liked by 1 person

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