Mesiac na cestách
2015-09-13
Prišiel august a s ním dlhoočakávaná návšteva doma. New York nás vyprevadil vlnou horúčav, asi aby nás pripravil na neobvykle horúci august na starom kontinente. Letenky sú čoraz drahšie a nás lieta čoraz viac, tak som sa snažila optimalizovať cenu, tak aby sme to zároveň spojili s návštevou nejakých zaujímavých miest (lebo dovolenky mimo návštev rodičov si užijeme málo). Najlepšie z toho vyšli Finnair (NYC - Dublin) a Norwegian Airlines (Štokholm - NYC). Zvyšné cesty, Dublin - Krakov a Praha - Štokholm, sme pokryli nízkonakladovkami. Takže nakoniec ostalo na 3 dni v Írsku, 2 dni vo Švédsku a zvyšok na Čechy, Moravu a Slovensko.

Moje dojmy z Írska: Krásna krajina, milí ľudia, trochu daždivé leto, no s príjemnými teplotami. Ubytovanie sme si objednali cez Airbnb - u Andrewa, cez jeho súrodencov. Andrew pracuje pre neziskovky v krajinách, kde prebiehajú konflikty, no aktuálne bol doma, jeho dve sestry (je ich 6 súrodencov - holt Írsko) spravujú rezervácie. Cez deň sme boli na výletoch, no večer sme pokecali pri pive a bolo to veľmi príjemné. Samotné Glendalough Valley a Wicklow Mountains National Park sú nádherné a majú bohatú históriu. Len treba dávať pozor pod nohy, lebo všade sú ovce. Posledné popoludnie sme si nechali na Dublin. Tam mi v pamäti utkvel najmä pokec s taxikárom (mal 11 súrodencov) - ľudia populistom naletia všade. (Taxikári a hiphoperi v Dubline su bieli a miestni. Divný pocit po príchode z NYC.) Ešte jedna vec - hrdosť na tradície. V Dubline nás všetci posielali na západ - do Galway a Killarney, aby sme videli to pravé, autentické, folklórne Írsko. Poslali by Bratislavčania turistov na Liptov, ci dokonca na ďaleký východ?

At Glenmalure Lodge, with our wonderful airbnb hosts, siblings Andrew and Tracey

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Attack of the flies, Dioghais, Wicklow Mountains, Ireland

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History repeats itself

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EasyJet sme preplatili, lebo sme sa večer pred odletom, unavení po príchode do hotela zabudli čeknúť. Checking na letisku je za 45 Euro, a skoro sme kvôli tomu nestihli lietadlo. Do inej fronty nás poslali neskoro a gate bol presne na opačnom konci letiska. Doma nás privítala pekelná horúčava. Ďalších pár dní sme až do večera málokedy vystrčili nos z domu. Potom sa ochladilo, Michal odišiel na víkend do Prahy a ja som ľahla s angínou. Stretnutia s rodinou a tri dni v Ždiari ale pocit z návštevy zlepšili. Na moje narodeniny sme si s Gabom, Samkom, a tetou Darinou dali túru na Zamkovského chatu a Samko to zvládol s úsmevom. So Stankom musíme dotrénovať psychickú odolnosť, ale v podstate došiel až do konca sám, tak sa už neviem dočkať väčších výletov.







Z Tatier sme pokračovali za Michalovou gymnaziálnou triedou a triednou na chatu pri Brne. Kopa detí, super výlet a večery pri ohni, hudbe a pive - jedny z najkrajších dní týchto prázdnin.




Rovno z Brna sme pokračovali do Zubří pri Novom Meste na Moravě. Stanko sa nemohol dočkať "rodinnej dovolenky so SOBSA" alias tábora. Chvíľami toho naňho bolo priveľa, ale vcelku ochotne sa zúčastňoval orientačno-bežeckých súťaží.








Z tábora sme s Karinkou odišli trochu skôr, užiť si Prahu a pozdraviť Braňovu a Denisinu Ellu.








Po pár dňoch z zážitkoch (jazero Lhota, Park Mirákulum, zoo) sme vyrazili na našu poslednú zastávku na tejto ceste - do Štokholmu. Bývali sme u Katriny a jej rodiny (ktorí boli na víkend preč) priamo v starom meste. Času nebolo až tak veľa a strávili sme ho hlavne v historickom Gamla Stan a v Skansene (prvý skanzen na svete, po ktorom majú tie ostatné meno). S miestnymi sme sa nebavili až tak veľa ako v Írsku, ale minimálne po rozhovore s Katrinou som mala pocit, že sú veľmi hrdí na svoj multikulturalizmus. Do debaty o tom sa preto radšej so Švédom nepúšťať. Inak majú malé, ale krásne staré mesto.




"Our" street. Katrina's (our airbnb host) apartment rocks. And they have a gramophone! And a million books.

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Stockholm in the night.

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V NYC nás, ako inak, privítala opäť vlna horúčav. Not glad to be back.
I am back
2015-07-29
It may sound surprising but maternity leave with a newborn may be somewhat boring at times. And I don't complain at all because only when I'm bored and for a change, my mind is not scattered over 10 different things, I start to feel the desire to learn something new. When Stanko was born, I wanted to record the moments with him, to have something to look back when he'll be all grown up. Having started two blogs before that quickly perished of no activity, I did not want to have to maintain yet another web in addition to flickr, youtube, and my old college website. Perhaps the natural next step would be to get a domain but I doubted if I need it. Since my college account has limited space, and I'm not an admin of it, I did not want to get into deploying an oversized blogging engine like wordpress or drupal.

That was the time when I wrote a generator in python that creates static blog pages from text files. Sure, the editing was cumbersome but it did not need any fancy software or database.

Soon after I returned to work I was laid off and once again jobless. As juggling a demanding child and a demanding job is exhausting, I'd almost appreciate my lay-off if it didn't make me deal with the work visa issues. Shortly before this I bought a 'new' old film camera (Nikon N60) as I was missing the superb colors and contrast of film (film photography started to become fashion in my flickr circles, and it reminded me of that), and had troubles to focus and frame photos with my FED rangefinder (great for landscapes, tough for close ups due to manual focus and the parallax shift). Having a lot of time and a cute object to photograph, I decided to start a photo blog.

This time, I wanted something less awkward than a static page generator but was unsure of using the mainstream blog engines (one reason was that I did not want to deal with php). Michal mentioned Django framework, and having at least slight experience with python, it seemed a like feasible way to go. I could also easily run it on his domain, hosted by a friend.

Thanks for being unemployed for months, this blog did not die quite as fast as the two previous ones. With the new addition to our family (lovely Karin pictured below, with another consequence of my boredom on her head), I once again enjoy the stay-at-home mom status and time to be creative. Hence I decided to revive this blog, not strictly for posting photos. See you soon.

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April 2014
2014-05-07
On top of Peak 6, Breckenridge, Colorado. Hiking Red Rock Canyon, Manitou Springs, Colorado.


March 2014
2014-05-07
The wintry tale of the early March. The birthday visit of Intrepid.


February 2014
2014-05-07
A bed-and-breakfast near Windham.

portraits of a child - year three
2014-03-25
Stanko turned 3 a week ago. A retrospective of our joyful life with him.


the beginnings of a great obsession, 2 years


two hikers, 25 months, Taghkanic lake


fearless rider, 25 months


on the roof, 25 months


breakfast, 26 months


my first music festival, 26 months


in West Virginia, 26 months


in the fern, 26 months, West Virginia


at ease, 27 months


roller coaster, 27 months


the wedding guest, 27 months, Pec pod Sněžkou


sharing, 27 months, Hýskov


busy at the sandbox, 28 months, Rudňany


learning to swim, 28 months, Oravská priehrada


in the cold brook, 28 months, mill Oblazy


in the storm, 28 months, Orava


apple picking, 29 months


the real perspective, 29 months


Adirondacks swimming, 29 months


after rain, before rain, 29 months, Adirondacks


we've got drenched to the bone, 29 months, Adirondacks


the very real hiker, 29 months, Adirondacks


with the view, 29 months, Adirondacks


the thirsty boy, 29 months, Adirondacks


newt hunting, 29 months, Adirondacks


canoeing, 29 months, Adirondacks


playing a fisher, 30 months


tired at Makers Faire, 30 months


with my friend Svatava, 31 months, Bar Harbor


eating a lobster, 31 months


the artist, 31 months


baking, 31 months


the fall, 31 months


playing with leaves, 32 months


at Ashokan reservoir, 32 months


little baker, 33 months


where's the train, 33 months, Prague


jetlagged, 33 months, Prague


with grandma, 33 months, Rudňany


the pianist, Prague


playing with the Christmas presents, 34 months


no shortage of snow, 35 months


three
portraits of a child - year two
2014-03-25
Stanko turned 3 a week ago. A retrospective of our joyful life with him.


one year, Lake Powell, Utah


one year, Canyonlands, Utah


dandelions, 13 months


with a ball, 14 months


chocolate ice cream, 15 months


give me more sangria, 15 months


colorful balls, 15 months


power in unity, 16 months


on a walk, 16 months, Rudňany


the flower child, 16 months, Poráčska dolina


Prague historic, 17 months


the hiker, 17 months, Cathedral Lake, Yosemite NP


the camper, 17 months, Tuolumne Meadows, Yosemite NP


the climber, 17 months, Mt Hoffmann, Yosemite NP


the smiley, 17 months, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite NP


in the drawer, 18 months


playing at MIT, 19 months


Nantucket coast, 19 months


nature boy, 20 months


Christmas chocolate, 21 months, Prague


upset, 21 months, Rudňany


you, 22 months


chasing geese, 23 months, Port Washington


almost two, Vermont
portraits of a child - year one
2014-03-24
Stanko turned 3 a week ago. A retrospective of our joyful life with him.


with daddy at 3 weeks


with mommy at 7 weeks


a milestone, nearly 3 months


first time visit of grandparents at 3 months, Prague


with daddy, 4 1/2 months


first time in the swing, 6 months


apple picker, 6 months


in the cold, after bath, 9 months


in the snow, 10 months, Rudňany


sledding, 10 months, Rudňany


it's snowing, 11 months, Vermont


with mommy, one year


flying, one year


upside down

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January 2014
2014-02-17
This winter surely is rich on snow. On the way to work, in Park Slope.

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Canaan Valley, West Virginia

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Letná, Prague


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Oravská priehrada, Slovakia


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garden store, Maine


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Bar Harbor, Maine


Acadia NP, Maine


Acadia NP, Maine


Acadia NP, Maine


Acadia NP, Maine


lobster shack, Maine


fruits of the fall


Prospect Park, Brooklyn


Ashokan Reservoir, Catskills, New York


Ashokan Reservoir, Catskills, New York


Christmas punch, Pyšely-Brtnice, Czech Republic