Praha, y'all!

Trip Start Feb 10, 2011
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Trip End Jul 01, 2011


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Hostel Elf Prague
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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ahoj!  

 Sorry it's taken me a few days to write...I am still recovering from this weekends trip to Prague!  Well, needless to say it was OSM (there's a little Czech language humor for you) and it left me with a much better taste in my mouth than the first time I was in Prague (see my second entry).  My group of thirty or so people left veeery early Friday morning, and took a train to the city.  This is really the way to travel, as opposed to a bus, because it is so smooth and comfortable, and you get your own little compartments like Harry Potter.  We arrived just in time for lunch and had a nice traditional Czech meal, which, if you happen to be vegetarian, consists of cheese, cheese, cheese, cheese and noodles.  

 We soon started off on our tour of the city, led by hands-down the best tour guide I have ever seen.  He was an Irish dude, who "Met a Czech girl, now look at me life..." hahaha.  He was so knowledgeable about the city and history, and yet he was a great story-teller/comedian.  He took us around all the sights; The astronomical clock, the Charles Bridge, Wenceslas Square,  the National Museum, the Jewish quarter and more.  It was a great overview to get us acquainted with the city and learn a little about the history.  Oh, and we also tried some hot mulled wine in Wenceslas square which I highly recommend.  

 Saturday we woke up bright and early to head off the Prague Castle.  Castle doesn't describe it...it should be called the Prague Multi-plex because there were so many elements; a monastery, art gallery, a gothic cathedral, a concert hall.  It was absolutely amazing and my pictures don't do it justice.  We got to see the changing of the guards at noon, which was a very official and looong process.  I know it's totally touristy and for show but I still thought it was cool.  Following the castle, we took a group vote and unanimously decided to go to the Communist Museum.  (Side note: We got turned off of the National Museum because everyone kept saying it was full of "stuffed animals."  We later realized this meant taxidermy animals, not teddy bears. Whoops) The Communist museum was certainly not the nicest museum I had ever been to; in fact, it was probably the worst.  The whole thing smelled of rotting wood and urine, the floors were sagging, and various historical artifacts were just laying on the ground.  But, in a way,  I think this added to the overall effect.  Communism was not a happy or prosperous time for Czech citizens, and this was not a happy museum.  The most powerful part was a video about communism that showed citizens being beaten and sprayed with hoses on the sidewalk right outside the museum.  It was a very surreal experience; I am used to history seeming very ancient and far-removed. 

Sunday we had the day to ourselves, so a few of us decided to go to Lenon's wall and pick of some souvenirs.   

anyways, I'm  about to go do laundry finally after 22 days!  Sooo excited! 

Love you all, xoxox       

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Kelly on

Who pees in museums?

iaro
iaro on

OMG! I am so jealous that you got to go to Prague! I visited a lot of the places you saw naught but 9 months ago! Oh... well, when I saw it like that, it seems like a long time, but it feels like it was only yesterday! I actually didn't get to visit the Lennon Wall- (isn't that in the Mala Strana?) I'm super jealous.
Prague is so gorgeous, isn't it? I miss it so much... Almost as much as I miss YOU! Keep up the blog entries!

lauraexplora
lauraexplora on

Wow, Prague looks beautiful! I'm so glad you had a good adventure.
Also, when you get back to the U.S. I'll throw you a cheese party, because I know you aren't getting nearly enough of it there!
I love you!

bhumasaurus on

this looks SO COOL, have you met anyone that speaks german? if so have you asked them for something that is KLEIN??? (since that's the only German word I remember from your class :P :P :P)

I MISS YOU AND CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN!!!!!!

agcraigmile
agcraigmile on

BAAAAH CALVIN SMALL! Hahaha yes I speak German all the time here! Usually, if people don't speak English they speak German. Of course, they speak really really fast so usually I'm like whaaaa? But sometimes it works hahaha! I miss you too wish you were here!!

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