Friday, July 13, 2018

Carbon Footprint - Our "Prague"ative: Part 3

This is the 3rd and final post about our trip to the Czech Republic. I previously mentioned that Joe is of Czech descent so we went in search of some ancestry. Thanks to the research from Joe's sister (shout out to Auntie Loretta!) and Maureen's keen interest in her Czech heritage, we set out for the place where Joe's father's side of the family originated, Klatovy.

But before we even made it to Klatovy we found out an interesting tidbit about his last name at the Prague Technical Museum:
Technically speaking, Uhlik is everywhere!
I always knew Joe was the King!

The word UhlĂ­k means Carbon! And as Auntie Loretta pointed out, there is a little bit of Uhlik in everyone. Scary isn't it?

On our way back to Switzerland we traveled to the city Klatovy where Joe's grandfather, Joseph Uhlik, was born. Klatovy is about two hours outside of Prague. When we were driving there we were imagining a small, rural village. When we arrived, we found that Klatovy was anything but:

















Klatovy is a bustling, modern day small town. In many ways it reminded me of Hollister, a town in California where we lived in the late 90's.
Updated historic buildings.
Of course, a church.

There is the town square with its locally owned businesses and restaurants.

















And then there are the Catacombs.
Joe is wearing his very Uhlik T-shirt (shout out to Jessica!) "To Save Time Let's Just Assume I am Never Wrong"




 Because you can't go too long without seeing human remains in the Czech Republic.










Actually, we ran out of time and didn't get to spend any time in the Catacombs, but we'll be back.

Today's poem is in the form of a Cinquain* and is in honor of the 'base elements' of my family:
carbon
under pressure
a diamond in the rough
a jewel of a family
uhlik 
©2018, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.
*A Cinquain is a 5 line poem whereby the first line has 2 syllables, the second line 4, 
the third line 6, the fourth line 8, and the fifth line 2 syllables again.

1 comment:

  1. Bridget, thank you for the most interesting and eloquent description of your trip to Klatovy. I enjoyed it very much.

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