It was my second visit to the Hradisko Monastery last weekend. The first visit was one week after my arrival in Olomouc (11 months ago). I had an appointment to see a doctor for health check and I was taken to this Monastery... Hradisko Monastery has been served as Military hospital since 1802, according to Wiki. Now it's open to non-soldiers.
While wondering "A Japanese citizen visiting Monastery to see a doctor???", doctor - aged over 80 with complete white hair - appeared and asked questions.
Doctor: How tall are you?
Me: 173 cm
Doctor: Your weight?
Me: 53.5 kg
Doctor: Oh, you are Bantamweight.
He, who appears to belong to WBC Heavyweight class, must be lefty as his slow jab came from his right hand and left upper with a pen...
Doctor: What is your blood type?
Doctor: Do you smoke?
Me: Never in my life.
Doctor: Very well.
He opened a book for color blindness test.
Doctor: Can you see the number?
I answered what was seen.
Doctor: OK, you can drive a car in Czech Republic if you have a driver's license. Have a good day, Bye bye.
He did not examine heart rate, blood pressure, no blood and urine tests, no X-ray, nothing but I was proven healthy... It was a bizarre experience, though the building was awesome.
Since my current apartment is located just across the river, I decided to visit there again. With camera not as a patient.
We then headed to St. James Church, where the second biggest European ossuary was rediscovered in 2001. Number of people buried underneath the Church was estimated to be over 50,000! We did not explore this as we were already fed up with corpses in the first place...
Once again thanks to everlasting hospitality from my colleagues I had a chance to visit Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic. It took us around an hour and half to get there by train.
We've had a very startling experience there. Although I've taken quite shocking and explicit photos, I would post photos taken by customized Infrared camera - Olympus CAMEDIA C-2020Zin this entry.
I bought it three years ago through YAHOO auction. It cost 5 USD. As I mentioned, it was customized by the previous owner for taking infrared photo only. If you are curious about Infrared photos, please visit this and this.
The weather was beautiful and I like shooting plants with this camera when it's sunny.
This is a part two entry of our Moravian Karst trip. For those who missed part one entry, here is the link.
Since underground rivers run through karst, the tour consists of boat cruise. The sailor must be a great entertainer because all the passengers had a great laugh at it, except me:( So it appears that lots of Czech jokes kept going on during the cruise and I felt like an idiot not to get it... But the colors of water were just stunning!
In the next stop, you encounter terrific sceneries again and again. Simply amazing!
When your eyes are used to dim light condition, Macocha Abyss comes in sight. What a drastic change!
Thanks to my colleagues with warm hospitality, the trip was well-arranged and all I did was just to follow them and have camera with me. It is located nearby Blansko. Well, I'd rather say it is north of Brno in the eastern part of Czech Republic.
Around the region, there are roughly 1,100 caves and four of them are open to public, according to Wiki. We went to Punkva caves, the most popular one, and Macocha Abyss. In order to take photos there, you are required to pay additional 40 CZK (equivalent to 2 USD) but it is worth it. I hope that my photos will be able to convince you to do so...
It's just bunch of breathtaking sceneries coming up one after another!!!
The tour is available only in Czech language unfortunately.
As you can imagine, it's pretty cold there.
I would highly recommend to visit there if you have a chance.
One day before getting aboard in the airplane for participating in congress took place two wedding ceremonies in Olomouc. It was my first time to witness ceremony in Czech Republic. Well, it is likely that I am the only pagan in the Church but I can give my blessings to a new couples.