It’s finally day 3 of being in Prague and I must say, it was nothing really how I expected it to be (mostly because I didn’t know what to expect). Arrival was coupled with jet lag as I finally stepped foot in the hostel I will be staying at for the next three weeks. When I crossed the ocean, the time zone changed and I basically ended up skipping a whole night of sleep, which is not fun. It seemed okay at first but running on one hour of sleep in a new city is tiring. I didn’t want jet lag to get the best of me though so I didn’t nap or sleep and decided to just sleep at night (it worked by the way!). The first day was spent exploring the area near the hostel but when I came back to my room, I dumbly realized my luggage was damaged.
So began the adventure of finding the airport again. At first it was easy, and free, as I have a pass that allows me on all public transportation in Prague, and then I had to find a bus stop and the trouble started. I was with a friend and we wandered for almost two hours and finally realized her phone had an app that would give us directions to the bus stop. That was a life savor. The map for where bus stops are was literally the hardest map I ever read. I didn’t even understand where I was half the time.
Filing a report for luggage damage is tiring, and really annoying when you realize you should have found the damage before you left not after. But after the whole incident it was a quick, cheap dinner and then back to the hostel for SLEEP!
The second day was orientation so a lot of information was being doled out to us, but all very helpful, so time flew. The school I’m attending, Prague Institute, for my class (I’m taking Watercolor Studio) in the middle of Old City, Prague and it’s gorgeous everywhere. The Institute itself is in a building from the 1300s, so it’s painted creamy yellow with winding staircases and iron gates and balconies everywhere! Lunch was good, picture below, but we realized it was expensive in terms of how much lunch should normally be.
The thing about the currency in Czech, which are Crowns, is they don’t have change and it basically runs by hundreds. So it feels like putting 200 Crowns to lunch is expensive, but in USD it’s just 10 bucks! But lunch in Prague normally hovers around 100 Crowns easily, with a meal and beer, so the tourist traps definitely overcharge. My first mistake was paying 235 crowns for lunch, I thought it was an okay price but it turns out to be expensive! Never again. Dinner was only 205 Crowns, which is definitely more reasonable for dinner.
For dinner, by the way, I finally tried Czech beer. It’s the pride of Czech people and for good reason because it’s really delicious. I had a Pilsner Urquell, which is like THE Czech beer, it was made in 1800 something by some Czech guy who came up with a new technique to make better beer. I’m not a beer freak so I can tell you is it was light and so full of flavor, it still sat on your tongue after your first sip. Definitely not watered down Bud Light or something!
Most of my time in Prague has been walking around, those cobblestones are KILLER on your feet, and figuring out the Metro system (They also have buses and trams as part of public transportation, all the choices!). It’s a lot of fun.
Czech, as the language, is crazy hard to pronounce. It’s a Slavic language, so similar to Russian or Polish, and it has a lack of vowels that makes my brain confused when I try to pronounce it. Also, the language itself is difficult to learn. Verbs are easy but nouns are their own kind of pain. Verbs are just past, present and future tense but nouns have genders and add to that that sentence order doesn’t matter and it’s a recipe of disaster. So in order to figure out who the subject of the sentence is and who or what is the direct/indirect object, there are modifiers stuck onto the objects and there are many modifiers and many ways to modify different words. All I know is I’m still learning how to properly pronounce Thank You and Good Morning.
Overall, as I am in the middle of Day 3, Prague is amazing. I want to learn the language better so I’m not another typical American tourist and start cooking my own food to save money! The food is so fresh here, it’s amazing. Apples aren’t waxy and pretty and eggs sit around and don’t have to be refrigerated. Also, the beer is cheap and delicious, so that’s fun.