Eye's On The City

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

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Sunday, February 26, 2012

This week has been relatively calm and subdued compared to weeks past, I don't know if this is my way of settling in and really beginning to call this wonderful place a home away from home. I want to share some things that people probably wouldn't expect from Europe and especially the Czech Republic.

It might seem weird hearing this but Prague has some of the most diverse food cultures that I have ever seen, much more diverse than that of Santa Cruz county certainly. There are many different foods ranging from Chinese, Vietnamese, Mexican, Middle Eastern, and of course American. That being said I can honestly tell you that I have had some of the best burgers I have ever had in my life here; albeit that might be because of the yearn for American so everything tastes better, but with hand made ingredients and fresh non-processed meat it turns out to be quite the amazing meal, and the terrific beer doesn't hurt either. 
My classes are starting to go by with the blink of an eye, and I already know that it will be quite a change returning to the American style of education. My classes have been going well and haven't been terrible yet, but we will see when the midterms come around. I also finally was able to play some basketball this week with a few of the other students in the program. The weather has been terrible for outdoor sporting activities, and for those of you who know me, I need to get my exercise in order to not go insane. I will be very happy when the weather gets nice enough to start really exploring outside for long periods of time. 
I am extremely excited about my spring break plans to Istanbul and Greece as things are finally coming together and the planning has really commenced. I have now been in Prague for a little over a month and it seems like only yesterday I was figuring out the city and trying to get my barrings on being in Europe. This week I was able to do a little exploring on my own and went up to the monastery that I previously mentioned, the one with the amazing beer, only this time it was during dusk and to take some pictures of the amazing view it provides you. You literally can see almost all of Prague. 
Today, Sunday, Kinsey and I were able to go to the Bakeshop for breakfast which had some amazing pastries and coffees.  This place was near the old town square so it had some of the hiked up tourist prices, but altogether it was well worth it. There was also a little festival type thing going on in the Old Town Square and there were a few vendors selling the amazing BBQ'd ham and sausages. I can testify to you that it was some of the most delectable meat I have had, you did not even need a knife to cut it because it was so juicy and tender. 
This upcoming Saturday will be my 21st birthday which I am pretty excited for. I chose to stay in Prague for my birthday in order to really just enjoy the experience. Even though it is not a big deal to turn 21 in Europe, a group of us are going to go out and have some fun. I am going to try and go to either the monastery or U Flecku for my dinner, which will taste amazing I am sure.

This weeks post is not that long but altogether it sums up the fact that I am really beginning to call this place home and settle in. 

Niko Zivanovich
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karen zivanovich on

can you post your pictures and blog on my facebook it would be reallly interesting to show some of my friends.

Quinn on

That's a really nice short blog post. And Prague looks interesting. We're planning Prague city breaks this summer and just readin up on the internet. All the best, hope you settle well. Cheers!

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