Paying Attention to Detail

Trip Start Jan 19, 2012
Trip End Jun 04, 2012

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Hlavní Mesto Praha,
Tuesday, January 31, 2012

It has been a few days since I wrote last and much has happened. I have become increasingly comfortable in this new metropolis with the adjustment that comes from moving from Chico, a town of 90,000, to Prague a city of 1.5 million. One thing that helps tremendously with getting to know the city is the Metro and Tram system. The metro consists of 3 different subway systems that maneuver throughout the city. While the trams are old train like cars that traverse the streets much like a car would.

On Sunday me and Kinsey woke up and went adventuring throughout the tourist areas of Prague. I had known from the year-long USAC students that there was a good American coffee shop/ bookstore called The Globe that served some pretty good food that wouldn't be easy to get in other places throughout the city. The Globe is located about a half mile from the Charles bridge down a ally so it was not terribly hard to find but its off the beaten path enough so that it isn't a tourist trap and you get all the loud obnoxious Americans in there. (It might sound bad but its really true, Americans are really loud and carry this weird sense of entitlement everywhere they go.) In any case the food at the Globe is a bit on the expensive side so the meal cost about the same as it would in the US, but man that breakfast burrito with tabasco sauce was definitely worth it ha ha. The coffee drinks they had there were really good as well.

After breakfast Kinsey and I went off to explore the Charles Bridge and the surrounding areas. On the way to the bridge we passed under a unsuspecting looking building and it was only until after we had passed it that we realized it was the famous leaning building that is quite famous in the architectural realm. There are pictures of it below. The Charles Bridge is really something to be admired, not only is it from ancient times but that statues that line the walls of the bridge are exceptional. 

After journeying around the city for a couple hours we became tired and headed back for a peaceful Sunday and got ready for the next week of classes. This week our Czech language class became a little more difficult with the introduction of numerous verbs as well as all the tenses. The pronunciation of the words is on the easier side for me due to it's similarity to Croatian, however, the verbage and grammar in general are quite difficult. It is sad but it is already extremely evident who will be doing well in classes this semester and who will be falling behind. We had very strict instructions to not miss any classes this week because the whole course is only 9 days long. Unfortunately, there are already some students who have missed 2 or more classes. Being the good student that I am, I have attended every class and gotten A's on both of the tests we have had so far. :)  

I also went to a hockey game while I was here which was amazing. The local teams name is Sparta and they are similar in competition to that of a college team. The great thing about the sporting events is that the food is amazing and cheap! The prices were not inflated which was a pleasant surprise and the had very nice young girls bringing beer to all the fans in the stands it was like free delivery ha ha.

I also went to a Local Monastery that is still in operation. The monastery overlooks Prague and has an awesome view. The monks also brew their own beer there and have a restaurant which is exceptional. The Beer was heavenly, no pun intended, ok maybe a little pun; but none the less it was godly. I have come to appreciate the small things in life more here, such as just being able to sit with people for hours and have good conversations on a wide array of subjects. It really is quite nice. I will definitely be returning to that Religious establishment. 

This weekend will be the trip to Moravia and the wineries. This is an over night trip and we are basically set free to taste all the different selections of wine until the wee hours of the morning after exploring the city during the day. To say I am excited for this trip would be an understatement. 

Just a small note on the importance of the little things, we were all given our metro passes that have an ID and show that we are International Students. There are under cover cops who patrol the subways and can ask to see your pass any time, so we must carry it at all times when riding the metro. My roommate unfortunately lost his pass and was stopped twice and because he did not have it he had to pay a large fine. Carrying the theme of bad luck the next morning (this morning) he was stopped by the cops again and because he was not carrying any form of identification when asked to present one, he was arrested. It was not that big of a deal though he was taken to the police station where he needed to prove his identity. Lesson is; Always carry some form of identification on you at all times, and don't mess with the cops. All is well though and I am living life to the fullest in Praha. Cheers

Niko Zivanovich 
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Kinsey on

Thanks for saying I never made it all the way up the mountain! People didn't need to know that Nikolas haha.

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