Books Worth a Look

  • Little Bee by Chris Cleave - This book is a must read. Better than anything else I've read, it takes you vividly into the life of a person in the 3rd world who has no choice but to escape. It is brilliantly written & works well as an audio book. Often I've sent info about the wonderful refugees I've met in Europe. We know only so much of their plight as it is painful for them to recall much less live through again by recounting it. But over time it is clear what they've lived through. This book is excellent as you discover the horrors of their world. Somewhat how to me, it is like being in Europe near a Concentration Camp. One has an obligation to visit it. 'Never to Forget.' In this case, to have our eyes opened.
  • Garbage King by Eliz Laird - The book is set on the streets on Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia and here lives Mamo and his sister Tiggist. When Mamo's "uncle" offers a job, he soon sets out on a bus to work. Little does he know that he is actually being sold into slavery...

Thursday, September 4, 2008


Well this is truly the city to visit in Eastern Europe. Weather is great - sunny & 70-84 degrees. I actually felt it was warm yesterday - then again it's been 60's most of the time in August in London!

There is simply too much to see in one visit. The Hostel is really very good - convenient, very clean, a big breakfast all you can eat for $5.80. A lounge downstairs & free Czech movies w/ English subtitles 3 nights a week. A small library to check out books, including tour books.
Sir Toby's Hostel in Prague

Lots of interesting people from Portugal, Germany, U.S., Canada, U.K., Spain, Argentina etc.

I strolled through Prague today after touring it by tram yesterday. After this break, I'm heading back to cross the Charles Bridge

and walk into Old Town.

and the Astronomical Clock

This a.m. I toured the Franz Kafka Museum. To me it was one of the most effectively copnceived exhibits I've seen anywhere: images, video, hanging exhibits, conical walks with images appears, info and info in a pond, and more! The peeing figures out front are interesting!

Then onto The Church of St. Nicholas considered to be one of the best examples of Czech Baroque in the Republic.

Tomorrow - the Castle, Jewish Quarter, and New Town.

Price comparisons in dollars:

City London Oslo Prague

Pint of Beer 5.81 10 - 13 2.25

Soft Drink .89 4.00 .55

Tram/Bus 1.60 4.00 1.30

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Thoughts on the amazing people I get to meet.

Rich, my 19 year old friend, soon to be Franciscan and recent community member at Haley House in Boston. An article he wrote.