At the Konopištê Castle

Trip Start May 22, 2013
Trip End Aug 01, 2013

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Hlavní město Praha,
Saturday, May 25, 2013

Sitting at a cafe, waiting to walk up the hill to the castle and go on a tour...

Yesterday we had orientation at the Karlova University and met everyone else in the program. There are about 45 of us total, mostly from South Texas but some from New England, Cal Western and Florida Coast. Sitting through two hours of the entire history of the Czechs was pretty brutal first thing in the morning, especially when the instructor speaks broken English, but the professors are American and seem pretty cool.

It hadn't truly hit me that I was in Europe until Amanda and I walked across the Charles Bridge yesterday... That feeling was indescribable. There are vendors all along the bridge and it killed me not to buy anything yet being the total American consumer that I am but I'm trying to pace myself with my spending before I buy anything and everything in Prague. Like just now I bought this coin because it had a picture of a castle on it and now I'm like what am I going to do with this coin.... But it's prettttty. Anyways, back to the bridge, everyone walks with a flag from their country as they walk across the bridge, but Amanda and I are trying not to look too touristy and an American flag didn't make the packing list.

So then we wandered around the town a bit, got a little lost, walked through a park, then found our way back home. Fun fact, Czech people LOVE KFC, like I've seen 3 already and last night a guy was walking around with a bucket of it at like 4 in the morning.

So then we napped then went to meet up with Paul and Iman at their apartments and they are beautiful fully ikea furnished places but about 4 times what we payed so I'm fine with our dorm type rooms. Then we went to dinner at cafe Victoria with Nadia, Iman, Megan and Paul. The food and wine here is exquisite.

Then we walked around Old Town square and got to see the Astrological clock and spied where the Dali exhibit is so we plan to check that out tomorrow if its open. Then we wandered around town some more and hit a couple interesting hole in the wall bars before heading to the 5 story club, the Karlovy Lazne.

Every floor on the Karlovy Lazne is a different theme. We didn't make it to all five floors but we did make it to the ice floor, the radio hits floor, the oldies floor and spent the majority of the time on the hip hop floor where we met some nice Germans who proceeded to drink me under the table.

So we got home around the time the sun rose and slept from 5am to 8am then switched on rally mode so we could go see the Konopiste castle which was well worth it. We travelled by train out to the southwest countryside of Prague to see it. Franz Ferdinand lived there, the arch duke bishop of Austria-Hungary, not the rock band. And it was beautiful. He had about 3,000 guns in his collection, give or take and killed over 300,000 animals in his lifetime which was made prevalent by the rows and rows of antlers hanging on the walls.

After that we came back to Prague and Amanda went to an all white party called sensation but I opted for sleep. We begin our classes tomorrow morning and just booked our trip to Italy!!! Down time is sparse so not sure how often I will be able to update this after all. Missing all my friends and family.

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