Monday, September 12, 2011

BlackGirl Experiences the Gott

Karel Gott.

He's a Czech singer.

Famous in the Czech Republic, but stratospheric in Germany. Or so I've been told.

Telling me that someone is stratospheric in Germany gives me a slight pause about how talented he or she is. After all, Germany is a country where people are nuts about David Hasselhoff. Basically I question the German take on artistic merit.

In almost any conversation I've had about Czech entertainment, or celebrities known internationally (very few), Gott's name has always come up.

I imagined that he was somewhat of a Czech Frank Sinatra. If that's an overstatement on my part, try Tom Jones or any aging entertainer on the Vegas/casino circuit.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

BlackGirl on the Rocks

Last Tuesday was my fifth year landing anniversary.

I still love being here—one of the best life decisions I've made.

After five years, there's still quite a bit I haven't seen or done yet. (Mushrooming, anyone?)

With no urgency or schedule to beat, I'm making or living my way through my Czech to-do list one activity at a time, as leisurely as I can. For example, travel.

Three Summers out of the five so far I've taken solo r&r excursions into “Czech land”. I decide on a quiet town or village, book myself into a hotel or pension for a few days and then do absolutely nothing. Just sleeping and eating, some reading, minimal sightseeing, long walks in nature, minimal or no television-internet access.

It is my ultimate mind-body-soul revitalizer.

My first solo trip four years ago was to Marianske Lazne—Karlovy Vary's less glamorous, sleepy sister town. I came back with bottles of “natural healing” water from the town's many carbon dioxide springs. It took me a week—copious amounts of lemon slices and pinching my nose—to finish the stinky, gassy lot.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Esperanzaaaaa in Prahaaaaa

Caught the Esperanza Spalding concert last night at Hudebni Divadlo Karlin.

A phenomenal show.

I appreciate the genre, but I'm hardly a Jazz follower. So considering all the buzz I had heard about Spalding—Jazz prodigy, the surprise Grammy win much to the dismay of Justin Bieber fans, blah, blah, blah—my expectations were “up there”. And...and there was the 2500kc I had paid for two tickets on Monday. More on this in a bit.