Jon and I happened upon the Prague main library in Old Town the other day, so we walked in, where we found this:
It's a floor-to-ceiling hollow tower of books and it looks pretty cool.
And this is what you see when you look in. It gave me vertigo, even though it's just a mirror in the bottom. There's one in the top, too, so it looks like an endless cylinder of books.
I think I should build one in our house!
This is what I wrote in my journal not long after we saw totality in our front yard for about 2 minutes 19 seconds:That was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. I’m afraid that I’m so tired my brain is going to forget how it looked – black circle surrounded by glowing white flames, sunset colors along all horizons around us, very bright red planet to the south, very bright white planet above, dim star next to the sun, nearly dark, shadow bands along the sidewalk just before and after, the diamond ring as the totality ended. It was awesome and beautiful and amazing. When it hit totality, everybody started exclaiming and shouting like a much louder response to fireworks or something. The response almost seemed involuntary. Everyone said the animals would freak out, but it seemed like it was just the humans who freaked out. Really, it was like nothing I’ve ever seen before. So beautiful and awesome and cool. I’m so glad there were a bunch of people here to experience it with us…
Jacob and I went on a run and ended up in Barmby Moor near Pocklington here in East Yorkshire. We came to St. Catherine's Church and as we walked around the church and graveyard, we saw an older woman walking toward the church and said hello. She was very friendly and had a key to the church, so invited us in with her! Her name is Joan. We didn't have long so I didn't learn much of the history while there, but the St. Catherine's Church website has some information. There's a cute little pipe organ. Outside there's a special section of the cemetery for Commonwealth war graves, including fallen soldiers from New Zealand, Australia, and Canada.