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Europe » Czech Republic » Prague January 15th 2013

It was a rough day. Theresienstadt was our main visit of the day; it was a camp and ghetto. As we pulled up, all I could focus on were the graves outside of the small camp. Without knowing who the graves were for at first, I thought it was really disheartening to see a giant cross in the middle and the Star of David in the back. Learning that they were the graves of the people in the small camp, mostly political prisoners, it made more sense. Walking into the small camp I had an eerie feeling. It had a very abandoned feeling, kind of like an old western movie, and had a smell that I will never forget. It was horrific. I wonder if it smelt like back in the early 40’s. Walking around all ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague January 14th 2013

Today we had a tour around the old Jewish area of Prague. We saw 5 beautiful synagogues and a large Jewish cemetery. One of the synagogues really got to me. As you entered, every wall was covered in names of all of the Jewish people, about 80,000, from Prague that were killed. As I kept entering rooms I expected the names to finally run out but it never did. There were in all but one room. This other room is the room that upset me the most. The room was full of pictures that the young Jewish children drew while they were in the ghetto. They were picture that ranged from what they missed from home, what life was like back then and in the ghetto, and what they thought life would be like once they ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague January 13th 2013

Prague here I come! The 5 hour train ride was one of the prettiest things I have ever seen. It reminded me of a mix between southern Idaho and Hood Canal, but 100x prettier. On the train, we met another group from the states (they were from North Carolina). I did not get the homework done that I would have liked to because I spent most of my time looking out the window. Hopefully I will find some time soon. Upon arrival, I have discovered that Prague is the prettiest place I have ever seen. I do not wish to ever leave. Ever. Walking around the center near our hotel we discovered the beauty and witnessed a proposal, so romantic. Dinner was traditional Czech food. I had beef goulash with dumplings which was really good. We ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town January 7th 2013

Although the dust had only just settled on the mad rush of Christmas and New Year, we were off to Prague to aid one of the most dull and depressing times on the calendar: post Christmas blues. When we arrived in the town centre, we were invited to the sight of the architecturally beautiful cathedral with its roof lit up, standing out from the backdrop of the black early evening sky. After the admiration of our surroundings, we realised we were the only few people around the square. Other than the workers taking down the decorations from the once festive Christmas tree and the last of the little huts from the markets- we'd just arrived at a party that had just finished. Cue the tumbleweed. We figured we'd check into our hostel and be reassured if ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town December 28th 2012

Prague is a city that can treat you well with beautiful sights, delicious food, good beer and amazing music. We have visited all the main places such as Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, Astronomical Clock etc. Our hotel was relatively close to the city center so we could walk through the streets and get a broader view about Prague. Since we visited it during the Christmas time there was a very beautiful market where you can buy some souvenirs, food and warm up with Glühwein. I especially liked the one where you can add slices of oranges, it gives the Glühwein a better taste and aroma :). The weather was too cold for walking long time, therefore we took small breaks for tasting the Czech cuisine. It is very tasty, home-made style, and relatively cheap in comparison ... read more
Steak Tartare- raw meat for real men :D


Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Josefov December 21st 2012

Prague used to have the third-highest Jewish population in Europe, concentrated in the district called Josefov since the city was founded. Famous Jewish people from the Czech Republic include Franz Kafka and Sigmund Freud. The Zidovské Museum v Praze (Prague Jewish Museum) was established in the beginning of the 20th century. During WWII, the Nazis decided to preserve it to make a "museum of an extinct race". It's a sickening thought, but it does mean that the Jewish Museum was left almost completely intact, so it could re-open after the war even though the vast majority of Prague's Jewish citizens had been wiped out. Zidovské Museum v Praze has six sites that you can access under one ticket: four synagogues, the Old Jewish Cemetery and the Ceremonial Hall, all within a few blocks of each other ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Old Town December 20th 2012

Quick life update Apologies for the lack of entries since the summer. It was an executive decision on my part to attempt to power through this semester without traveling/exploring/blogging in order to a) save money and b) continue to survive the course. Quick course update As per the English schedule, lectures and clinic for Semester 1 are finished, but we have 2 exams, 3 essays and 1 case study due in January. Next semester is structured differently: the first 6 weeks we have very few lectures (only one module meets on a weekly basis) but we are each doing intensive therapy for one person for those 6 weeks as part of an off-campus placement. I've been assigned to a local SLT service for adults, and although they haven't decided who will be assigned to me, they ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague November 30th 2012

Our first wedding anniversary was spent in the beautiful city of Prague in October 2012. We had an amazing 4 days in this historic city. We booked through Easyjet holidays and managed to get a really good deal on flights and the hotel. Unfortunately, like with most low cost flights, they were early. Although having a early outbound flight does mean you get a whole day! We arrived at Ruzyne Airport at 9:40am. After much debating we decided to take the easy route and get a taxi to our hotel Royal Court Hotel Prague. The hotel was in a great location, in the city centre and about a 15 minute walk to Wenceslas Square, shops and the clock tower. On our 4 day trip we visited the Astronimcal Clock Tower (and saw it chime!), walked across ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague November 28th 2012

Now where do I start! Prague is a magical place, it’s a beautiful city. There are many things to do there by looking at the old town, where there is the old village hall clock tower, where this tower lets you look at the view, and you can get to see the famous Charles Bridge which was constructed in 1357. Or you can walk to the Petrin Tower of Prague where it is in the middle of a lovely green park, with carriage rides, and is perfect for a lovely picnic. You can either be fit and walk up the stairs or get the lift up. It gives amazing views and has the most amazing view. As you may see from some of the photos. Prague is an ideal location to strike a deal in the ... read more

Europe » Czech Republic » Prague » Zizkov November 26th 2012

Hello friends! So sorry for the lack of blog posts since I have been away. These past two months have been super busy with starting school, an intensive course which included a paper and a final, four midterms, four different country trips, and the random homework in between! I have finally slowed down a little (but only just a little) and have found a few minutes to FINALLY write a post about what I have been up to all this time. The first week I was here I did a lot of adventuring around town. I made friends my first day in town which is pretty inevitable when you live in residence with hundreds of other international students. I saw the major tourist attractions around town (except for the Prague Castle which I still have yet ... read more

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