The Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia: A Comparative Analysis
This tour of the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia provided students with a first-hand experience of the transformatioin of Central Europe from a group of centrally planned Soviet satellite states into the vibrant modern market economies they are today. They had numerous opportunites to discuss and experience the art, culture, history and politics in each nation, even recieving the honor to meet with established business people and U.S. Embassy personnel in each country, experiences that the "typical tourist" misses. Over the 22 day trip, students stayed in 3 major cities in each country: Prague, Krakow and Bratislavia, with special day trips to Dresden, Germany; Vienna, Austria; Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic and Auschwitz, Poland. In addition, students were given historical tours in each city, had access to art museums, experienced the traditional cuisine, attended a hockey game and toured a salt mine.
Instructor: Dr. John J. Gregor
U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia, Theodore Sedgwick, responds to a question posed by a student.
Students stop to admire the city of Prague while walking across Charles Bridge to the Prague Palace.
Touring the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland, students make their way 135 meters underground, into the depths of the mines.