1. Somewhere Near Charles Bridge, December 2002. In late 2002 I was living in Bratislava where I worked as an English teacher. Any free time us teachers had was spent exploring the seemingly endless travel options in and around Slovakia. My first trip to Prague was a particularly memorable one in that I went with a great bunch of people, the kind of characters fate throws together just once in a lifetime. As such, I dedicate this photo to Rich Kessell, Jon Crisp, Ben Wright and Jesse kinsman; to a weekend of unspeakable coldness, mucho beer consumption, a stolen wallet and a missed train. Good times. For more on these guys and my time in the region, check out my short story series The Slovak Files.