Weeks 5,6,&7 in Praha

Dobry den! Sorry for the late post, but it has officially been 7 weeks since I have been abroad! Before coming abroad, I had no idea what to expect. The AIFS program gave us as many resources and information as possible but I had no idea what I would learn, where I would go, and who I would meet. After 7 weeks here, I am definitely in a routine and am having the time of my life! During my 5th week here, I went to the region Liguria, Italy, more commonly known as the Italian Riviera. 5 of my friends and I stayed in a hostel in Genoa, Italy (which is the birthplace of pesto) and each day we traveled to a different beach town: we went to Camogli, Portofino, and Santa Margherita Ligure. From the amazing views and weather on the Mediterranean Sea to the delicious food like trofie al pesto and gelato, this trip was by far my favorite. Knowing I’d spent a majority of my time in a landlocked country like the Czech Republic, I knew I wanted one trip to be on the beach, and I am so glad I did it. The day we went to Camogli might have been the best day of my life (not exaggerating).

A lot of what I expected for my time in Prague was true. I travel to different countries most weekends, I am learning things I never would have had the chance to learn in my classes, and I am really enjoying my time here. My one hesitation coming here was not knowing anyone; now that it is a few weeks later, I have about 15 close friends whom I spend time and travel with. This has definitely beat my expectations about coming to Prague!

My classes have been slightly more time-consuming than I expected, but definitely nothing I can’t handle. I am in the process of working on a research report for my sociology class, and writing a paper on the biography of Alexander Van Der Bellen for my history course. Yesterday, I gave my midterm presentations in 2 of my classes and am so relieved that it is finally over! Now, for the time being, I can focus most of my time on getting excited for my trip to Amsterdam with 9 of my friends this weekend!

If there is anything I can conclude being about halfway through my stay in Prague, it is that even if you are nervous about wherever you choose, whether it is about the classes, making friends, etc., take that jump and study abroad (especially in Prague)! Every day I feel so grateful for being here when I walk to class over the beautiful bridge or am getting ready to travel with my new friends. I am so excited to give you guys my next update!  Na shledanou!

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