Getting the Swing of things

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

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

This week has been quite interesting, to say the least. After the glass blowing trip some of the people were pretty tired, however, those of us champs who were able to, went out for dinner at the usual place that is 4 doors down from our apartment. The Italian place as we call it has more varieties of pasta than one would ever need in their life as well as  a few meat, fish, and other decadents on their menu. The great thing about this place is that for one, they have Stella Artois on tap. The other good thing about this establishment is that you can pretty much get any dinner on the menu with a large beer for under 7 dollars, which is extremely good compared to the 15 dollars the same meal would be in the States. 

On Saturday Garret, Eric and I were feeling a little depressed that our TV, which is the only one in our whole apartment building, died. It was a tragic and slow death as we played our last games of Forza Motor Sport on the Xbox with barely a picture to look at. You might question the necessity of an Xbox while abroad, but I ask you naysayers this question. What would you be doing on a Monday night when it is snowing and about 10 degrees outside? There are two basic options: The bar, and staying in. Yes there are always those randoms nights when city events are going on, but for the most part, some nights you just need to stay in and relax while playing some Xbox with your friends. Now that I have explained the reason we need a TV, I shall tell you the great adventure that took place in the quest for our new television. We began our search on which is basically the Czech equivalent to Craigslist. As we searched tirelessly, ok we really spent about 2 minutes, but still you get the point; we happened to find a TV for sale for only 350 crowns. Now for those of you who actually read this blog, and remember how many crowns are in a dollar, you would already know that this is dirt cheap, as in like 18 dollars. However, the problem was that this TV was on the outskirts of Prague, and would not be very easy to get. Nonetheless the next day the 3 amigos (previously mentioned) set off on our journey. It took about a 20 metro ride as well as a 10 min tram ride, then a long walk up a very steep hill but we made it. The Lady that was selling the TV was a Hungarian woman and her husband who oddly enough were American citizens, and who had just moved to Prague but had recently lived in Orlando for the last 10 years. She was a very nice woman who entertained us and gave us some vodka and orange juice while we waited for her husband to get home with the keys to the basement, where the TV was located. Now just take a second on who in the US would ever let 3 strange men into their house, let alone give them some alcohol. Luckily for her we were very nice guys and all we wanted was a TV, her husband came home and showed us the television which was very nice the only problem was that it did not have a remote, its not liked we needed one though. The couple was very nice and told us the easiest way home, although we did get numerous stares while carrying a TV through the metro, and arrived home without any problems. The Tv works perfectly and has already brought hours of happiness and gambling into our lives ha ha.

Sunday Kinsey and I went on our usual breakfast adventures. We decided that the Globe was the place, and that we would explore more areas over the Charles Bridge after breakfast. The food was good, although we could have gone without the smoking, which is still widely accepted and prevalent in the Czech Republic. On our exploration we went to the top of the hill overlooking the Castle. There was a very handy tram that took us up the small mountain to a drop off location where we would be able to walk around and get amazing views of the city. The views were perfect and only enhanced because of the great sunny day, it was still damn cold though. We walked around for a couple hours and got some great pictures. After that we spent the rest of the day relaxing and getting ready for the week.

This week classes were relatively simple. Tuesday I had Art and Architecture and we were able to go to the museum of renaissance art. This was located in an old convent / monastery and had some amazing pieces. I tried to take pictures but we were not allowed to use flash so none of them really came out great at all. Wednesday I had my two classes, International Management and Gender studies. I am really excited about the International Management class and was even talking with the professor about their masters program. The Prague School of Econ is equivalent to Ivy league schools back in the States and has an awesome masters program where the student spends 1 year at different accredited schools throughout Europe. I am very interested in this and am seriously considering applying to it once I graduate Chico. The Gender Studies class is basically about Man bashing with the teacher being extremely feminist. She even tried to argue with me today that men could have babies, she was referring to transgenders, but I was quick to point out that almost no man would consider a tranny a real man. I was quickly backed up by the other men in the class, as well as some of the women. 

Those were the only classes that I had this week, because I am leaving tonight for Munich. while in Munich I will be attending a beer festival as well as going on a 10 hour tour of the German castle that was the inspiration for the Disney castle. I am very excited. The bus leaves at 11 tonight, so we will get to Germany around 4 which means either bars or naps before checking into the hostel at 11. Until next time.

Niko Zivanovich
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