Žatec, Czech Republic is home to one of the largest, if not the largest, exporters of hops worldwide. Every fall, the town of 19,000 celebrates with the Žatec Hops and Beer Festival.
This week kicked off the beginning of my official Fulbright grant to Czech Republic. For the next ten months, I’ll be living in Hejnice (Northern Bohemia) teaching at a Secondary School focused on agricultural careers.
“And I asked myself about the present: How wide it was, how deep it was, how much of it was mine to keep.”
Last Friday my Czech culture class greeted Mrs. Vidláková, a Jewish woman who came to tell us about her childhood in the Terezín ghetto and concentration camp. In 1942, her family was moved to Terezín in northern Czechoslovakia. This post is somewhat grim, but hang with me. Mrs. Vidláková found her silver lining, so maybe we all should, too.