Welcome to Prague Orientation Tour
Along the Cobblestones
Jiřina became a local guide in 1999 leading tours in a small ruined castle in Bohemia, Czech Republic. In 2004, she decided to move forward and to relocate to Prague, where she became a local guide. Her scholarly interest was influenced by her passion for history. In 2007, she received her Bachelors degree, graduating from Charles University, Faculty of Humanities. Her thesis, "Vyšehrad Between Myths and Reality", focused on the history of Vyšehrad, a castle in Prague, residency of a legendary Bohemian duchess. Jiřina believes history is "not given" as it is created by those telling it. This brought her to earning a Masters Degree at Charles University in 2010 where she majored in Historical Anthropology. Her thesis described 19th century landscape changes caused by "man´s return to nature". At the present time, she has broadened her research beyond her degree to Physical Anthropology and the development and evolution of human beings.
Tereza studied Comparative Literature and the East European Studies (with the specialization in Russian Language and Literature) at Charles University in Prague. Her thesis focused on the images of the auctorial subject of four different literary texts which influence the reading of texts in a certain way. Writers taken into consideration are Russians (Limonov, V. Erofeejev), as well as Americans (Charles Bukowski) and Czechs (Bohumil Hrabal). Tereza is also interested in current religious life and the roots of the so called Czech “agnosticism,” which is reflected in the 60% of Czech's who identify themselves as agnostics, as well as the Czech interaction with another religious minorities. She believes that “history repeats itself” and therefore she likes to explore the differences and similarities between “then and now”.
Lenka Philippová is a religious scholar and currently a resident of the historic district of Prague. Born in the northeast of the country and having moved to the outskirts of Prague at an early age, she likes to joke that she keeps moving through peripheries toward the center – the next stop should be the Charles Bridge. Lenka has a Master's degree in Hussite Theology and Religious Studies, and she is finishing her Ph.D. in History at the Centre of Ibero-American Studies of the Charles University in Prague. Since graduation, she has been also teaching at her Alma mater. Her main interest is the intersection of religion, culture and politics and the many ways the past shapes and is shaped by the present. Lenka is a dedicated walker. While marching through the cobblestone streets of Prague, she loves to trace the many histories and memories visible in its architecture and development. She enjoys sharing her insights and providing visitors of her favorite city with context.
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