Going to school in Prague

So here I am getting a bit better at blogging! Yahoo. Here is my obligatory school post (because that's what I'm here to do after all)

I wasn't sure if my honeymoon phase with my classes would wear off, but after almost three weeks I am still loving them every bit as much as I was at the beginning. I may just have to describe my typical day at the Prague Institute, to get across just how incredible the courses are. Yesterday (I actually wrote this two days ago, but it still works) I started the morning off with Illustration, which we are currently working on illustrating posters based off a specific aspect of Czech culture or history. I have been researching Franz Kafka, a famous Czech author most well know for "The Metamorphosis" and a few others. If you weren't required to read him at some point in school, I'm sure you have at least heard of him. Anyways, yesterday was different because our teacher wanted to take us to an Art/Design school called UMPRUM where she teaches that had an exhibition of student work. I think we were all assuming student work would mean a small exhibit of some work in progress or some things hung on walls, but wow were we wrong. The school had basically shut down for this exhibition and each of the maybe 25-30 studios was filled with the most incredible pieces of art, ceramics, paintings, physical art, fashion, murals, you name it, all arranged in the most intricate and unique exhibits. Each room was an entirely different environment and experience and you almost had no idea each time you were walking into.  Maybe it was the fact that the design and art world is a little different every place you go, but there were things I saw yesterday that were entirely unique and completely unknown to me. I felt so inspired leaving that place. It made me think about continuing my studies in some way, especially if I could go to a place like that and get a chance to develop and push my creativity in a new way. Later our professor told us that the application process takes days and has physical 'creativity' exams, as well as being incredibly selective. Still, a girl can dream. 

I had a bit of a break until my next class (ok a few hours) so Sarah and I did a bit of light shopping to prepare for Morgan's birthday (she's 21!) 

We then headed to Culinary, our next class where our teacher was already preparing dough in the Institute kitchen. The course so far has consisted of our teacher choosing a menu for dinner and then giving us a little bit of history about the dishes while we cook. We always prepare some sort of bun or bread which has been super interesting for me to watch the process of making dough and watching the yeast rise. Baking has never been something my family does a lot so the idea that a perfect loaf of bread can just appear before your eyes is a bit of black magic to me. I love how imprecise you can be when you are more experienced. Our teacher uses a scale with weights that goes back many generations in her family. You basically pour until the scale tips and that should be enough. She also uses measurements such as pour the oil from now.....................until now. A little bit hard to replicate, but somehow everything turns out perfectly in the end.

Here is our teacher in the green and you can see the scale on the counter. 

Here is our teacher in the green and you can see the scale on the counter. 

Yesterday we made the most delicious soup with potatoes, re-hydrated mushrooms and a poached egg. We also learned how to braid buns and create classic Czech bread shapes. We learned about how you make sourdough and all the intricacies with using a starter and getting the classic sourdough flavor. We also made the most adorable little desserts with pear and plum preserves in them.  

We use a brush made from feathers to brush egg onto our breads and desserts. The place that makes them employs and trains special needs and handicap people to make them and sell them to the public. 

We use a brush made from feathers to brush egg onto our breads and desserts. The place that makes them employs and trains special needs and handicap people to make them and sell them to the public. 

Dessert! 

Dessert! 

We let the dough rise in this basket which gave it the beautiful pattern on top! 

We let the dough rise in this basket which gave it the beautiful pattern on top! 

The final meal! 

The final meal! 

Writing about this makes me hungry all over again. Also, no promises I will be able to replicate any of this! So that's a quick rundown of what school has been like so far. Sounds tough, right? I have two other classes that I am also in love with, but I will save that for another post! Tomorrow we head to Berlin with the school and I am sure I will have many adventures to document so stay tuned!