Prague

…unexpected Prague…

An 80’s club, more goulash then I probably should’ve and some damn good beer.

After a 14 hour overnight bus ride – with a 2am wake up from the German police checking passports when we crossed the boarded –  bleary eyed and somewhat disorientated, we found ourselves in Prague.

Day one saw the discovery of the Old Square, wandering the streets – Ella enchanted and in awe, me mulled wine and goulash at a pub for dinner

Dinners have definately been a highlight (two out of three being beef goulash, and the other smoked pork with potato dumplings, spinach and garlic in a truly Czech restaurant. Every expense was spared as we stepped past the curtain into

Day three: Dali exhibition (maybe not Czech but had to be done), up the clock tower and a visit to the Prague Communism Museum – fun fact, it’s sandwiched between a Maccas and a Casino! It’s also in a pretty ornate building, but it smelt pretty bad so I guess they equal each other out!

Prague seemed to me like one of the places people might pass by and not really take into account but it’s super picturesque – plenty of movies filmed in Prague, all the service staff we have encountered have been lovely in their broken english ways, the food has been fantastic and it’s not that expensive! Díky Prague, it’s been rad.

Why do we take photos?

Being on exchange has brought about the companionship of my camera, but also an absence of a smartphone, resulting in a new collection of pictures, with a new goal in mind during their creation. You no longer take social photos on a digital compact – it’s not an SLR, so it doesn’t elicit a pose, nor is it an iphone. What I’ve found is that we pose differently depending on what kind of camera we are facing. The quick, quiet, unobtrusive snap of the iphone leaves no-one the wiser and lets us get away quickly with posing – if it didn’t work…too bad so sad, if it did…we can lol about it after.

I don’t have a smartphone here. I miss snapchat, I miss instagram. Or even simply, mobile uploads, where the selfie is validated because of the device it was taken on. We can pull faces, be idiots, because the mobile-phone camera does not hold an underlying history of preparation for a photo, of the one-off, the value of the exposure (and cost!). Mobile photography is designed to be quick, to be multiple, to be unobtrusive.

We don’t mind the SLR at the odd party or event. It gives the occasion some formality, and of course gives the one standing behind it a certain level of credibility.

I don’t quite know where my camera fits, the Powershot G1X. It’s really great, with full manual functions and a DSLR sized sensor, but it still gets in the way of the social photo; it takes it’s time to focus, it is kind of bulky and bigger then your average digital camera.
People have started saying, wow what a great camera, that takes really good photos. Soon I will reply, it’s not all down to the camera…

My photos are only on flickr or on this blog, I don’t want no Facebook owning my work! ha.

Mum asked for photos of my surroundings which has inspired a collection of grunge-type street photography, aimed at capturing spirit and life in Montpellier (yet still not really featuring any true Montpellier-ins ….) we’ll work on that.

The new way to quit…and what happens after

The web2.0 world – where responses sometimes gets just as much attention, or sometimes more then the original  video/article/post themselves!

So, the long and short of it, a woman working for a media company makes a rather entertaining video about her long working hours and her dislike towards her job in order to quit.
It’s gone viral, everyone loves it….power-to-the-people kind of stuff…
…and very good PR…

A facebook friend of mine posted the link,

Show Gen Y viral videos, they’ll spend company time watching them. Teach Gen Y to make viral videos, they’ll publicly shame you on YouTube.#modernwisdom

Parodies have popped up everywhere –


 

But then, what I find even more amusing is the response from her colleagues and boss:

25 Things You Have To Try In Your 20s At Least Once

Pertinent and inspirational =)

Thought Catalog

1. Call that person you’ve been thinking about for longer than you can remember, but whose rejection you have always feared. Just pick up the phone, hold your breath, and accept the fact that knowing how they feel is better than living in limbo.

2. Go on a camping trip with a solid group of your friends, a cooler of drinks, and enough grillable meats to last you for at least twice as long as you actually need. Get really scared when you think you hear a bear, and then realize it’s just your friend coming back from peeing.

3. Learn how to make your favorite restaurant dishes, even if they don’t taste as good as the original. Learn what actually goes into the food you love so much.

4. Apply to a job that you really want, but which you know you have next to zero chance of actually…

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