The Brave Little Toaster

Trip Start Sep 17, 2006
Trip End Dec 23, 2006

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Monday, October 2, 2006

I have been here for two weeks already and I am having a lot of fun. There is so much here to see and do. I feel that if I never left Prague for all three months that I am here, I still wouldn't see everything I wanted to see. So far, in Prague, I have seen Prague Castle, St. Vitus' Cathedral, The Eiffel Tower, the flower gardens, Wenceslas Square, a Czech Hockey game (Go Sparta!), row boating on the Vltava River, and numerous bars and restaurants. I have tried some traditional Czech "cuisine," and with the help of my favorite tour guide, Matt, found a fabulous English book store called "Big Ben" where I bought a book of Czech poetry by a Nobel Prize winning poet Jaroslav Siefert. I have seen a riot, walked through the one park you are not supposed to at night, been propositioned by a male prostitute, I am still not sure if the show I went to last Friday was a neo-Nazi punk show, and gotten lost on the trams more times than I can count at all hours of the day and night. I have made some really good friends (Megen and Jessica) and met a lot of really fun and cool people (Taylor, Kristen, Zsolt, Ramses, Dave, Emily, Daniela, Helena, and the list goes on) I have danced so much and climbed more stairs than I really want to think about. Outside of the city, I have visited Plzen and Karlstejn. I have done absolutely no school work and this is the first time since I was like 14 years old that I have no job. That is the strangest part of all. I am on the Internet far too much. I feel like I am tethered to it, and the other thing is; I actually have time to do things to my hair. I never was much of a hair girl, but here, with nothing else to do but wait for my friends and stand in front of the mirror, I have found myself caring more and more about it. I blame it on the people I am with though. The girls here are beautiful, especially here in the dorms. There are people from all over the world here; Italians, French, Belgian, American, German, Austrian, Autralian, Albanian, and those are just what I can think of off the top of my head! Anyway, there is a party every week hosted by our University and everyone is invited, they go until all hours and they are loads of fun. Everyone meets at a club and the drinks are cheap (but what isn't here) there is great music and the people there are so much fun. This trip (so far) has been exactly what I was hoping for. The things that I have seen and done in the last two weeks are things that I don't think I would have ever seen or done at home. When I got off the plane two weeks ago and my luggage was lost, I had been travelling for 22 hours, I needed a shower, a real meal, a beer, and a bed, I had no idea what was in store for me. Mostly because I was so confused by the plane to bus to metro to tram transfer combination. My buddy told me everything I needed to know that night, and I remember maybe a third of it. There are so many stories and and jokes now, I was so worried about being here alone, that I was going to be the oldest one here (I met a guy on Saturday who is 30), and that fear was striking. Now I feel so good, I feel like I can do anything. I feel so empowered. Geez! I am such a dork!
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