A September 2005 trip
to Bohemia by kjlouden
Quote: I have dreamed of narrating National Geographic specials, and this journal is as close as I will ever get. The region of Bohemia certainly deserves a "special" of some sort, so here it is. You don’t even have to read anything but my apologies! Get some popcorn and watch.
The presentation you are about to see should please you. After all, you don’t even have to
read it! That’s right. I will narrate with voice over music. Sound good? (Like Emily Dickinson, I call it "my voice-over to the world that only wrote to me"!) It’s passive, for
a change, but don’t get used to it, because this was hard work!
Besides the ancient fairytale town of Jicin and the historical World Heritage town
of Litomysl, you will see a bit of the very small towns of Nove Mesto nad Metuji
and Rychnov nad Kneznou. You will also see the cheese factory at
Lostice, where "stinky cheese" is made. If you are ever in the area between
Litomysl and Olomouc, the factory has a huge showroom where you can
buy inexpensive cheese gifts. Their products are really different, and when I say
"inexpensive," I mean under $2 U.S. (You can really stock up!) You will also get a preview of Czech cuisine and a tour of two wild areas included in "Bohemian Paradise."
Before you begin, make sure your volume isn't muted and that you can turn it up or down easily to find a comfortable level. (You may want to turn down your volume.) For no reason I can fathom, a photo sometimes gets
"stuck" and the show gets hung up. If this happens, simply press the forward button on the navigation bar at the bottom, and the presentation will proceed to the next photo. You should see no less than 88 photos, and most of them are accompanied by narration. Unless the program gets "stuck," you won't have to press a single button after you click on the link.
If you’ve ever jogged on a regular basis and then stopped for a long while, you know that
when you begin again, you may need a while to "find your running legs." As a former
radio news anchor and production person, I can tell you that the same is true for "finding your FM-voice." Oh,
well, this doesn’t have to be sexy--does it?
One final apology. I don't know how the cartoon voice you may hear got there, but I heard it accompanying the little, plump statuary people. It seemed appropriate, so I didn't edit it. (Heck, my own voice has already superceded it.) Also, I have no idea where the male voice you may hear is coming from. I
heard it while viewing only one photo. It seems to be saying something about a "lady
killer," and so I publicly admit that most of my friends don’t think of me as much of "a
lady." (I concede that just in case there is something menacing lurking in my internet
space, but be not afraid.) If you have no visitors interrupting your wire space, the only voice you will hear should be mine. Superstition aside, this really can’t hurt, and all you have to do is
to click on the link and wait (and maybe wait some more, depending on your connection speed) for the show to load. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the navigation bar, and you can watch full screen--but don't use the volume control on that full-screen navigation bar. You can use that bar to navigate to previous or forward photos (just in case you want to review or skip one), but the volume doesn't control well from there. Use your computer's volume control.
That’s all for now. The rest of the "writing" for this entry is rather impromtu voice, recorded photo-by-photo (easy to edit one at a time when I made mistakes with those difficult Czech names, which you can now hear pronounced for you). We'll start in Jicin ("yeet-seen"). Click here.
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