They Call Me the Wanderer

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

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Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Here it is, your weekly update. Sorry its so late this week, I could try and tell you that I have been busy, but I haven't and it would be a lie. I didn't do very much this week. I stayed in Prague this weekend, but pretty much everyone else went to Poland. Meg, Jennifer, Jessica and I were pretty much the only ones who didn't go. Oh well, we are going to go Thanksgiving weekend I think to Warsaw to see Auschweitz and the Ghetto and stuff like that. Anyway, Tuesday was again Nation to Nation night, this week it was at Radost F/X. That club is also a restaurant that serves vegetarian food. We went there for dinner and I had curry vegetables with cous cous. It was yummy. After dinner, we went downstairs to the club and danced and drank and generally had a good time. We were there pretty early so by the time 12:30 hit, I was ready to go home. I made it an early night.
On Wednesday, I went to my one and only class then headed down to Stare Mesto for a little wandering aimlessly and some shopping. I won't tell you who all I have purchased Christmas presents for, but I will say that my list gets smaller everyday. While I was downtown, I went into an antique shop where the guy talked to me for like an hour about hockey and communism and literature and all sorts of interesting things. He kept saying to me "How is a girl like you so interested in hockey?" He was cute.
On Thursday, Meghan, Jennifer and I went to CoCafe for dinner and then Meg and I stayed up until 6 am watching Grey's Anatomy on DVD. It was fun, but I was just glad that I didn't really have anything to do the next day. I also registered for classes, and I got a FANTASTIC schedule. I am taking two really cool history courses, one moderately interesting political science class, and three really boring education classes. The history makes up for any suffering in the other classes.
On Friday, Meg, Jennifer and I went to Podebrady in search of Czech crystal. We found a great little store, but I didn't end up buying anything. A train ticket to Podebrady costs about $2, so I am not worried about getting back there. We walked through a really pretty little park, and looked around the town a little, but the last train back to Prague was at 5:15 pm, so we didn't have as much time as we would have liked there. After that, we all went and took naps so that we would have the energy to go out dancing that night. Jen and I made it, Meg was not so lucky. She ended up sleeping for like 15 hours that night. She didn't go out with us. Jen and I met up with Jessica and we headed downtown. We were going to meet some people we randomly met at a club called Golden Tree, but when we got there, they were hitting pretty heavily on some girls, and since none of us are interested in them, decided to not to mess with their good time. We left Golden Tree and went to Lavka. Lavka is this really cool place right on the river with great drinks and a good D.J. but when we got there it was dead. There is a place next to Lavka called Karlovy Lazne, but not only did they have a huge cover, there was also a huge line to get in. By this time, no one felt like dancing anymore, so we just went home. Friday was kind of a bust guys...
On Saturday, Meg was planning to camp out at Bohemia Bagel with her laptop and free refills on coffee because she is behind in some of her classes. Thinking that I would meet up with her there, I left the dorms at about 11:30 and headed downtown for a very productive day of walking around aimlessly. I thought I would scout out the Christmas shopping scene a little, maybe find a cafe and read, I didn't really have a plan.
I stumbled on the Jewish cemetery in Josefov, and peeked my head in. For some reason, you couldn't go in. I took a picture through the door though. I bought my self a very lovely lavender pashmina, and continued on my merry way. I crossed the river, and what did I find but the Franz Kafka Museum and Gift Shop! On a side note; when I went to the communist museum, it was 140 Ck, which is like $8. I really thought the Kafka Museum was going to be even more expensive, but there was a student discount that took about 1/2 off, and I got in for 60 CK, which is about $2.50, I was stoked.
The Museum was so cool. Everything was so artistically displayed. There would be like a huge sheet or something hanging from the ceiling where they would be displaying pictures or some kind of movie or something cool. There were different rooms for the phases of his life, and there were all kinds of pictures of him throughout his life everywhere. Some of the coolest things were the papers being displayed. They had the original documents recreated and displayed in these cases. They would be notes to a girlfriend, or to work, or to his publisher, the doctor, his friends, you get the idea. This was probably the highlight of my week. After the Museum, I was apparently late for lunch with Meghan, so I walked over to Bo Bagel and had my favorite breakfast there. Hash browns, bacon, 2 eggs over easy, and a mini bagel. Its called "Glenda's Morning Special" but it's served until 6 pm. Fabulous. After that, I took a tram (2 stops... I know, I'm lazy) to Malostranske Namesti and then walked for a while, when again, I stumbled on something really cool. It was this pretty little park and all the leaves were falling and changing and there were all these cute little couples huddled up on benches. It was so quiet and calm there. No one was shoving or yelling or doing any of the things that most Czech people do almost every second of the day. It was a little bit of a shock to me, but it was a pleasant one. Now if only there was a park to get rid of their body odor for a little while...
I walked around town for another few hours and then headed home. Meghan, Jen and I went to Don Vito Pizzeria for dinner, where I had their famous lasagna, and after, Jen sent me (over A.I.M.) 3 episodes of Gilmore Girls and 5 Grey's Anatomy. I think you know where that is going. All the while at dinner, my itunes were downloading the first 9 episodes of Grey's Anatomy, and when I got back, I gorged myself on shitty American T.V. I thought that I would go down to Juve at some point and see what was going on in the world outside of my room, but I never did make it.
On Sunday, I got up and again went to Bo Bagel, this time with Jessica, Jennifer, Maanda, and Meghan. I had something different than what I usually get (Glenda's Morning Special) and it also was fabulous. There was real guacamole and that kind of made my day. After lunch, Meghan, Jennifer, Maanda and I went to Wenceslas Square to try and find Jennifer a coat and Meghan a smaller purse. Both missions failed, but I saw some very cute things. There is a sweater that I think I will go back and buy, and there were also some cute sweat pants (I swear its not an oxymoron) that I think I will get. They are the kind of sweat pants that can be worn in public, meaning they aren't entirely sloppy looking. Good day. After that, we all came home, took our afternoon naps, and then geared up for another night on the town. This ended up being a night in Meghan's room watching T.V. It's okay though, maybe I needed a low key weekend for once.
Monday I had class and then went to Einstein's Pizzeria with Meghan and Jessica. After dinner I had every intention of being social because all of my friends were back from Poland, but that never materialized and I fell asleep early.
Tune in for Next week's thrilling installment of my travel blog. I will try to get it out before mid week next time too. Sorry guys. I know you were on the edges of your seats waiting for it.
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