The Beginning

28 03 2010

On the 7th February I arrived in the Czech Republic to begin a PhD at the University of South Bohemia. The University is in Ceske Budejovice, which was covered in several inches of snow when we arrived. ‘We’ being myself and cousin Tom, who very kindly agreed to give me a lift in his van all the way from England.

The trip was good fun and took two days. On the ferry from Hull to Rotterdam two days before, our alcohol-related hi-jinx were cruelly curtailed as we pigged-out at the buffet dinner and made ourselves feel massive and unwell!

On our approach into Ceske Budejovice (a.k.a. Budweis) it suddenly dawned on me that I had no idea how to get to the University. With no town plan and two failed attempts to converse with petrol station staff, it took several phonecalls and one intense orientation session, stood freezing in the falling snow staring at a public town plan, before we were finally on track.

The view from my dorm

These mild glitches aside, we made it to the University and the grumbling security chap was forced to open his precious gates on a Sunday, an action which gave him great displeasure.

My home for the indefinitely future will be an on-campus dormitory with en-suite toilet and shared kitchen. It’s used for guests and more ‘mature’ students so it’s nice and quiet. There is a half-squashed daddy long legs on the wall close to the ceiling above my bed, too high to remove by hand. It’s like a magnet for my eyes, I can’t stop looking at it. I think I will grow to love it.