23rd Birthday in Prague

Trip Start Oct 02, 2013
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Flag of Czech Republic  , Hlavní město Praha,
Sunday, October 13, 2013

I'm not one to get overly excited about my birthday usually. It just reminds me that I'm getting older and still far from things in my life that I want to experience. However this year is different. I'm 23 today, but not celebrating where or how I usually do. This year it is evident, at least to me, that my life is heading in the direction I want it to. I seem to have more control over it than ever before and am learning daily about how I can make my next 23+ years as special and enjoyable as my last 23. So sadly I cannot be home with all of you to celebrate with, but I really am having a great time abroad and wish no other place to be besides here.
We heard many times before and during our trip to visit Prague. We never once got a clear reason why people loved it here, but now that we have seen it ourselves it makes sense. It just has a calm feel with every type of European view you want to see. The old Charles Bridge, the Prague Castle, the Saturday morning farmers market selling delicious authentic Czech food, and off course good cheap beer. It was rainy and cloudy for our first few days here, but even with that weather Prague has not failed to impress. The old town square at night is lit up and full of people, with street performers playing their accordions and violins. Sausage and dumplings for dinner next to the famous astrological clock tower was more than relaxing. It seems to me this place has it all. Plenty of history, views, and people filling every street. I never thought I would like a city so unpopular to the common traveler. Andrew and I went to Mass early Sunday morning and didn't understand a word the entire time, but it still felt no different than church at home. It was an odd feeling we both enjoyed and would like to try again in other cities later. Prague castle was very touristy and expensive to see the museum inside, so instead we just walked around and looked down upon the city and watched the cloudy, rainy day engulf the tall buildings. Truly picturesque scenes were around every corner, I hope my photos do them justice.
Our fast pace travel method has now come to a point that we need to start actually planning our trip home in a few weeks. Crazy as it may seem to me now, I am already booking my flight back to America. Though this is months before we originally wanted, I don't think I'm disappointed. I'm getting excited to continue the adventure across the United States. We fly from Dublin to Boston in mid November and start the second half of our trip. Drafting what could be one of the best couple months of my life seems like a good way to spend a birthday to me. Hope all is well back home and please feel free to leave comments so I know who is reading!

 "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones  you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Mark Twain
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Danielle on

Happy birthday, Nate! I love the pictures, so keep them coming! What cities are you visiting between now and Dublin? I don't have the patience to wait for each blog entry haha

Zack on

Just saw will this weekend and he told me about your blog. just read through all the posts. im bummed your plan to live on the farm didnt work out but good for you to get out of there instead of coming back with some gnarly disease haha. but i hope your having an awesome time and gettin some decent nightlife in with all that sightseeing. feel free to fb message me your stories that happen between "11pm-5am"! take care man and enjoy it
p.s. wait til you get your ring. theyre amazing

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