It’s been roughly a week here in Prague. To sum it up would be to merge every emotion you think can be humanly possible, pull them apart, break them, deprive them of sleep, throw them around through classes and pubs, and finally, 10 days later, give them just one small moment to finally start to settle.
Prague has been everything I could imagine and more. Strolling the streets always ends in a cute cafe on the side of the road while stumbling past art installations and historic sites on the way. A night on the town means meeting new people, singing to 80's throwbacks, and hopping from pub to club. Choosing to travel to a place all on my own where the language, weather, and culture would be so different was a hard decision to make but I have never felt more confident in my choice.
I was the first of my apartment to arrive, but one by one my roommates appeared and day by day they became some of my closest friends. They all know other people in our building, so it was easy to make a few new friends. After a couple days of following the guides of where to go and what to eat, we decided we were going to stop looking at them and get to know the city on our own. Some of the best meals I've had so far were from random pubs on the side of the road for no more than $4. My favorite was this delicious meal on the left from Kozovna Lidika - fresh fish in a creamy sauce with a potato pastry and to compliment it, a liter of Prague's famous half light half dark "řezané pivo." Other favorites included a light breakfast from Cafe Savoy and $3 eggs benedict from Cafe Corte di Anglelo. Money truly does go a long way here!
When people describe Prague as a fairytale, they aren't lying. The snow-adorned rooftops and pastel buildings perfectly line the river's rims, and if you continue your gaze you can see the beautiful Prague Castle nestled atop a hill. I've had some time here to wander around and see landmarks such as Old Town Square and spray paint the John Lennon wall, but what I'm really looking forward to is later this week when we get to visit castles such as this one and Krivoklát Castle in another area of the Czech Republic.
I'll try and post more as the days start getting less hectic, but as for now Našhledanou!