21st Birthday Week
Trip Start Jan 19, 2012
23Trip End Jun 04, 2012
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It is hard for me to describe the sublime feeling that comes with living in a different country, and the realization that I am beginning to call this place a home away from home ever more often. I have come into the habit that is class, and gotten comfortable with my schedule here. I have a daily routine here, and quite frankly I am ecstatic about it. I started the week as usual with Art and Architecture; this week we went to a museum that housed many beautiful works of art from the Renaissance era. Unfortunately, many museums here do not allow photography, even when taking pictures without flash, so I do not have any pictures from that. I can tell you that there were some amazing pieces of art including an enormous sculpture of Jesus on the cross.
The rest of the week went by with incredible swiftness, especially for a birthday week, which usually take forever for "kids at heart". I unofficially started my birthday celebrations on Monday, when Eric, Travis, Clara (bar tender/ friend from Pivovarsky) went out for beers. Clara is 23 and has lived in Prague for a few years now and is a Czech national. She is well renowned in the beer community and took us to a bar that had 28 specialty beers on tap. It was nice having a local to show us the city and explain things that we would have never known about were it not for her. So Monday night was all about really getting the inside knowledge on the city. Friday night Kinsey, Eric, Travis, and I went to a bar in Zizkov, the working class neighborhood, where they carry a special micro brew that is only served at a couple bars throughout the Czech Republic. It is the same brewery that Anthony Bourdain went to in his Prague episode, and man was the beer good.
The real celebrating was on my actual birthday, Saturday, and I figrued for my 21st I should do it right, so naturally a small group of us started at the Pivovarsky with a giraffe ha ha. We started around 12 and were done by 2, which timed perfectly with the growing hunger that would shortly be satisfied. For Lunch I wanted to go to the Krystal Bistro, which hand makes all of their ingredients for all of their food, and ironically serves the best burger that I have ever had, yes even in the United States. They hand make everything from the patties to the fresh buns, it truly was indescribably scrumptious, and of course the beer to wash the whole meal down completed the experience. After lunch we went back for a short break before the soccer game at 6. AC Sparta is Prague's local team and with soccer being very popular here the stadium, which was of impressive scale was nearly filled to capacity. The tickets were only about 5 dollars and we had
Thanks to everyone from home for the birthday wishes, it was a great one.