On the train to Brno

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

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Flag of Czech Republic  , South Moravian Region,
Saturday, June 1, 2013

Wednesday evening we supported the local establishments but participating in a pub crawl :) and also showed our tourist side. The pub crawl met under the astrological clock tower which is a huge clock that not only shows the time but aligns with the astrological signs. The crawl was pretty fun, we got to meet some other Americans that were traveling and get to know some of our classmates. It made getting up for the museum of communism a little difficult though.

So the museum of communism on Thursday was very intense, the things the people of that generation had to deal with blew my mind.... They showed us a compilation of videos that the secret police taped during that time to be able to identify repeat rebels later on. The videos mostly contained a lot of riots and interviews of people they arrested for protesting communism. During the riots, the police would dress in civilian clothes to be able to stop protestors faster or point them out to the rest of the police. This one guy, Jan Palach, burned himself in the 60s in the middle of Wenceslas Square in protest and every year they commemorated his death with a festival day in the square until the end of communism.

We saw pieces of the Berlin Wall and a lot of other interesting memorabilia from that era. It's crazy to think that people my age were going through that at the time, masses of them protesting in the streets and being beaten for trying to overthrow the corrupt system. I never really got why communism was so bad, initially, I mean, everyone being on the same playing field and being fed seems like a pretty sweet gig in theory, but the corruptness of the system and the amount of poison that was ingested from the over use of fertilizers for trying to mass produce food for the country were details I was completely unaware of. It was definitely an eye opening experience and one I will never forget.

Then last night we decided to test out the Mexican cuisine here in Prague at a restaurant called Las Adelitas and it was amazingggg. I had prickly cactus pear for the first time and it was so tasty, just like home. Then we found our way to the Prague beer festival with part of the South Texas group and drank from a beer mug as big as my head. I even drank half a mug, be impressed.

Now Amanda and I are on the train to Brno for the Ignissis Brunessis festival which supposedly has an epic fireworks show at the end. The rest of the group is following shortly on another train. Then we will make our way to Vienna, Austria for a night and head back to Prague on Monday evening. I don't want to leave!!
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