Trip Start Jan 28, 2008
Trip End May 29, 2008

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Monday, April 7, 2008

I haven't really posted much while in Brno, so here goes:

We've been home since the long trek of spring break for a week now. We don't leave for our next trip (Italy, Vienna, Budapest) until thursday.

Life in Brno isn't bad. We don't do just a whole lot of crazy exciting things, mainly because they don't exist. But the food is good and cheap. We usually just hang out and walk around. We play pool at a pool hall we found, or just kind of walk around shops and such. The people here are okay. Actually, central europeans kind of suck in general. They are very smug and don't really show much kindness. The men generally are uber macho. That being said, it's easy to fit in. Just don't look anyone in the eye or say anything, and they will pretty much think you're from here! Haha.

I'm going to attempt to post a video of my roommate, so you can see how exciting life in my dorm is. The bed is uncomfortable and makes my back hurt (it's really just a couch), and my room is generally disgusting (thanks to said roomy). You'd think I'd hate it, but it's not so bad. I'm definitely ready for some of the things Oklahoma and the States have to offer.

I have been keeping a mental list of kind of a U.S. vs. Europe, so I'm going to start keeping track on this post:

Things U.S. wins -
1. Free public restrooms. Thank God we grew out of that tightwad mentality.
2. Change machines- Europe requires change for everything, but you won't find a change machine ANYWHERE.
3. People- Okay, I'm talking manners/friendliness only, and perhaps some areas of the states are worse than others, but the midwest definitely beats europe.

Things Europe wins-
1. Overall knowledge of the world. It's pretty depressing to meet someone from a foreign country who not only knows your language, but also more about what is going on in your home country than you do. I can't tell you how many times I've been somewhere and someone finds out you're american and starts talking about the presidential race and policies. Europe is also VERY multilingual, which is something the states definitely is not.
2. Public transportation. Let's face it, they are way ahead of us in this area. Trams, buses, trains. You can travel all over the place for a reasonable prices. I don't think I would own a car if I lived here, even if I had the money.
3. Buildings- okay, a little superficial perhaps, but the architecture here beats the crap out of ours. Every city we go to is amazing.
4. Cheap, good beer- At least in the Czech. It's the best in the world and costs a buck at a restaurant/bar. Sorry, I am a college guy, so this makes the list.

there are more to come, but I haven't written them down, so I'll update as I remember, which will most likely happen this weekend, because most come out of frustration during travel!
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