05.27.2010 - 05.28.2010 62 °F
I figure I should update now since a lot has happened in the past 2 days, so this might be pretty long!
Basically, I am falling in love with this city.. at least now that I've got the transportation system almost down, which is VERY helpful. Its so nice to hop on a tram or metro and be all over the place in a quick minute. Well, unless you always walk up to the tram as its pulling away haha. Story of my life.
FIRST DAY OF CLASS WAS YESTERDAY. I am taking International Reporting from 9-12:45.. I am one of three haha. We're all girls, one's name is Celyna, who is originally from Mexico. Her dad works at the Mexican embassy so she's been in Prague for 2 years. The other is Gabriela, who is a native Czech. Both girls are sweet as anything, I think they will be great friends! My professor is a Canadian who is a reporter for a newspaper in Montreal. We all get along great, I'm very excited for this class! Yesterday we went over the basics of good writing and what not. Nothing too drastic.
I had a hefty errand list to work on yesterday so Gabriela helped me get to Andel, which is where a huge indoor mall is. I got my phone in working order (00420 776 462 843) Bought myself some actual food (thank goodness for knock-off ramen and spaghetti) and a blow-dryer! That was the most complicated thing to find around here! No one in the Tesco (kind of like a Walmart in 5 stories) could speak English.. so I'm looking like an idiot making motions like I'm blow drying my hair haha. Ah, they'd just laugh and I'm sure were thinking "stupid American". When I eventually made it to lunch, I found out the most horrible thing ever.. YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR PACKETS OF KETCHUP!!! Devastated. 6 Kc a packet.. only like 25 cents.. but still! If you know me, you know I LOVE KETCHUP. I'll have to buy a bottle to keep in my purse.
Anyways, took the metro by myself for the first time and came back to the apartment to shower. Then I ran into one of those instances where I missed the tram.. or both trams I had to get on, but I eventually met up with Chris and two other marines, Sam and Tyler, and Chris's friends that go to OU, Pat and Bryce at Starbucks. So we hopped on a metro and went to Letnany, quite a ways out on the red line to go to the Beer Festival. There were three huge tents, each full of tables, music, food and of course, zillion different types of BEER. For 200 Kc, you get 5 tokens. One beer is a token, but you could use several to buy food and what not. I had my first Czech sausage and my first dark beer EVER! I have no idea what it was, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.. just very very intimidating! Haha. They also had this wooden carrier called "The Meter".. it holds 11 beers for 10 tokens. So we chipped in for a couple of those throughout the night. Needless to say, it was a very fun night!
This morning I met Gabriela and Celyna at Starbucks to walk over to the US Embassy's American Center. There are several festivals going on in Prague, one being the Roma Festival. Romians are like gypsies and are all over the world, especially in Europe. We attended a conference that had speakers from various parts of the world talking about the Roma's identity and place in society and who they really are, despite stereotypes. Afterwards we interviewed a man named Ian Hancock, a Brit who teaches at University of Texas in Austin. So this weekend I have to write a piece on.. something having to do with him and the Romas. Yay first assignment. So after all that fun stuff, I went down the street to the American Embassy to check out the place. Chris and Sam took me to the top of a building behind the actual embassy... what a view! Several pictures on my facebook you must check out!
Well thats all I feel like typing for now. I'm going to wander around while the sun is still out! Enjoy the pictures!