Monday, December 22, 2008

alone with my change.....

well this is my last night here in prague. i am the last one here for the most part.. well, the last american at least.. the only other people still here are a couple Canadian guys.

i have most of my stuff packed up, so i am pretty much just waiting for tomorrow morning to come..

i have so much change on my desk.. only little change though, nothing of much value... just the change that i never deemed worthy to be carried around...
i dont really know what to do with it... maybe i'll buy a candy bar.... or 7....

i am leaving some of my jeans here... i am very sad about this.. i dont have very much room though, and they have had a good run.. so i think they will understand..

my mom is supposed to bring me chilli to the airport.. and cinnamon rolls... i hope she remembers...

i am going to miss it here a lot more than i ever thought i would.. not necessarily the city, although i do love prague.. but i am mainly going to miss all the people that i have spent my time with since i've been here.. i hope i'll get to see them again..

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

well this kinda sucks....

as it turns out, studying in a foreign country is equally as not fun as it is back home.. in fact i think i could argue that it is even worse to study here than it is back home..

i would rather be spending my last few days outside seeing the city for the last time, but instead i am sitting here with 14 tabs open, all of which are different wikipedia pages....

12 days left... happy and sad...

ok its 2 am... i dont know why i'm still awake..

Friday, December 5, 2008

rain rain go away.. come again another day..

Well i already told you about my first afternoon in Rome. Pretty much I just had that afternoon, all of tuesday, and then wednesday morning to see everything in Rome. If you know much about Rome, then you know that i was going to be packed if I wanted to See everything.

After I got some food the first night i was there I decided to go out and see the Trevi Fountain by night. This little trip also served as a short navigation course and helped me to figure out the easiest combination of metro & walking for the next day!

The next morning I woke up early and walked over to Vatican city. I went to St. Peter's Basilica first which was awesome! it was definitely a pretty good way to start out the day. It was so huge, i literally just walked through it and it took me like 45 minutes! After that I walked over to the Vatican Museum, which is where the Sistine Chapel is, and got rained on while i waited in line. It was definitely worth it though, the Vatican Museum is amazing. I could have spent the entire day in there easily. I read that if you looked at every piece of art in the museum for 2 minutes it would take you 12 years to get through the museum! Its pretty big. The Sistine Chapel was really cool, but it was really dark in there so I wasnt able to get any good pictures. Here is another room that was painted really cool though.

It was about noon by the time i left the Vatican, so i headed back to my hostel to make some lunch. I also wanted to change my clothes because I was soaked from getting rained on all mornning (eventually i broke down and got an umbrella). After lunch i went over to the Coliseum to check it out. I was really pumped about going there because i watched the Gladiator the night before with some people at the hostel. It was awesome! Everyone always says that it isn't as big as they expected, so I wasn't expecting to be impressed, but i was! I loved it there, I just walked around inside for over an hour.

After the Coliseum I just kinda wandered around in the old Rome part of town. I walked through the old Roman Forum, and then headed over to check out the Pantheon. It was really cool also (big surprise)! It is amazing because they still have never had to reinforce the dome at all, even though it is ridiculously old.

I just kinda wandered around for the rest of that day. The next morning I decided to just kinda walk around and see some of the piazzas that i hadn't seen the day before. I walked over to the spanish steps also, which was pretty cool. It was kinda weird though, because there was like nobody there at all! Usually I have heard that the spanish steps are really crowded and people are always hanging out there, but not that day!
After that I headed for the airport and caught my plane back to Prague!

I have 18 days left over here so i am hoping to make the most of them! I am going to hangout here in Prague for this weekend, then I am going to go skiing somewhere here in the Czech Republic next weekend, so i am really looking forward to that! I am leaving here in just a few minutes to go with a guy to a second hand shop here in prague, we saw some sweet one-piece snow jumpsuits the last time we were there, so we are hoping to snag them!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

why is everyone wearing spandex but me?

After Venice i took a train to Florence and spent a couple nights there. It was raining there too, but i was ready for it this time! i bought an umbrella!

The first day i didn't get there till pretty late in the afternoon so i decided to just walk over to the galeria academia which is where Michelangelo's statue of David is. I have heard really mixed reviews when it comes to the statue because some people think that its really overrated while others completely love it. Well i loved it! it was one of my favorite things that i've seen so far! After that i just kinda wandered around for awhile and walked down to the Duomo, which was really cool also.

The next morning I just kinda decided to wander around all day. I just kinda meandered my way through the city, seeing all the sights on the way. It was really awesome, Florence is a great city to just kinda wander around in.
Early in the morning i couldn't figure out what was going on because it seemed like everyone i saw was wearing running tights. At first i just thought that florence must be a really active city, but soon it just got ridiculous. Like everyone i saw was wearing spandex! Fairly soon i figured out that the Florence marathon was that day. It was cool to see the race wherever i went in the city.

The next morning I had a pleasant surprise when I got ready to leave for Rome. I found out that I didn't have any money! Normally it isn't a problem at all because i can just get online and move some more money into my account, but for some reason my online pin number wasn't working. My second plan of attack, which is to call home, also failed since it was 9:30 in the morning there, which would make it 2:30 in the morning back home. Luckily my hostel had free internet so i was able to send an email to my sister and ask her to do as soon as she woke up.
Knowing that i would have money that night gave me a little peace but i still didn't know if i had enough to get to Rome or not, so i went to the train station. After it was all said and done, I got to rome with a wopping 2 euros to my name! Then, after i got the metro pass, i got to my hostel with 1 euro.
The only issue that still hadn't been resolved was that it was about 5:00 p.m. and i still hadn't been able to eat anything all day! so i was starving!
Luckily i got some money after a few more hours and was able to make a trip to the grocery store for some food!

umm... is water supposed to be there?

So this last weekend I took a trip to Italy! I skipped my classes on monday so that way I could stay there till Wednesday. I flew into Venice on friday afternoon, took a train to florence, then flew back from Rome on wednesday afternoon. It was an awesome trip!

When i got to Venice I quickly realized that the google map directions to my hostel were going to more of a hindrance than helpful resource. My hostel was 1 km from the bus station, and the google map directions had 37 different steps! Luckily I happened to ask a guy that new right where i needed to go and gave me good directions. Even with his directions though, it still took me half an hour to find my way there.

It was pretty cold and raining there that afternoon so i didn't really want to go walk around, but since i was only there for the one day i toughed it out and hit the streets anyways. I pretty much just kinda wandered around the city, went over the famous Rialto bridge, then went to St. Mark's square. It is a really cool city, but everything kinda starts to look the same after awhile.. haha

That night I decided to walk around a little more and was a little surprised to find that a lot of the streets and squares and stuff were all flooded! Apparantly the combination of high tide and the rain makes it flood a ton there. All of St. Mark's square was under about a foot of water so they had these little platform things that they put all over the place to pretty much create a raised sidewalk. It was really cool.