Pondělí IV 21, 2008

On soccer match on Sunday: Bohemians 1905 vs. 1.FC Brno

Every second Sunday you can meet around Vrsovice (Prague district) people in green and white scarfs. They are heading towards "Dolicek" - stadium of footbal club Bohemians 1905, familiary called "Bohemka", with kangaroo in sign. Bohemka is actually playing first league (almost miracle, in 2005 club ran out totally out of money, but fans organized fund-rising campaign in order to save their beloved club), so we could enjoy superb football atmosphere, created by the best fans in Czech league (average attendeance in times Bohemians played third division exceeded average attandance of almost all clubs playing first league!). Active football full of combinantions, beer, sausage from grill, chat with friends, nice weather and four nice goals...that's why I like to go to Dolicek! Bohemians won 3:1, and so the evening was full of green and white joy... And how does atmosphere in Dolicek look like?

Sobota III 15, 2008

Milovice - city of ghosts

Some time ago me and my friend took a trip into Milovice. On first sight it seems like perfectly normal small town, kids going to school, women chick chatting at the marketplace, men drinking beer in pub... The adventure begins in a nearby district called "Milovice Mlada". What's so special about it?
In august 1968 was Czechoslovakia occupied by Soviet union plus it's political satellites in order to stop liberalization and reformation of socialism AKA Prague Spring. And Milovice were chosen to serve as a military and social basement for Soviet soldiers. In Milovice took a place HQ for Central Group of Forces. In the same location as a military base were built blocks of flats for families of soldiers. But not only blocks of flats, but also mall, cinema, hospital, cafeteria,...so Milovice Mlada was self-sufficent district with it's own life. After Velvet revolution in 1989 and breakdown of whole soviet block was time for soviet forces to go back home. Most of them left Czechoslovakia till the end of 1991. Milovice district was abandoned and started to fell into the ruins. When you are walking through the areal, it feels like walking through city of ghosts. Sometimes you can meet guys playing paintball in the ruins. Everyhere is a lot of trash, even old soviet newspaper can be found. Some blocks of flats have undergone through complete reconstruction and serve as affordable living especially for young families. The rest is still sadly waiting for its destiny...

Here are some pictures I took there: (full photoset in my webalbum)

Block of flats. This used to be a (temporary) home for families of soviet soldiers.


Entering military base. Sign says "guard gatekeeper".


No windows, no door, trash everywhere.


Time to do some shopping in the local mall.


And the cinema. What's on today?


Inside of the cinema.


Seems like seats are gone forever.


Kindergarten. Where do the children play?

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