Casey Miller’s Travel Log Journals
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I cannot believe I will be leaving in a week. I have a myriad of emotions about my upcoming trip; I feel excited, sad, nervous, anxious, curious, and so many more. I have wanted to study abroad in Prague for almost 6 years and it feels almost unreal that it is finally happening. I have done hours of research to find the program that is right for me, worked more hours to save money, and focused most all of my energies into these next 4 months. I cannot wait to be back in Prague again, where the breathtaking views and beautiful architecture never get old. With this excitement come feelings of sadness and anxiety, as I know that I will have to adjust to a whole new life away from my loved ones. I know it will be difficult, however my hope is that I am able to integrate into the culture there and meet new people who can enhance my experience. I have read numerous websites and travel books about Prague and the Czech Republic, which makes me feel I am as prepared as I can be.
February 18, 2012
This past month has been simply incredible. Getting settled in didn’t take nearly as long as I thought it would. My program director met me at the airport, took me to my flat, then we went to dinner and enjoyed a typical Czech meal. It was an overwhelming feeling being in Prague and the first night was a little stressful because I was in a new place. The next day, however, proved to me why I came to Prague in the first place. My program director took me around the city and showed me all the main sites, which was amazing. It’s such a beautiful and charming place, and I knew within just a few minutes of walking around that I had made the right choice to come here. A week or so later I went to orientation at the university and was very impressed with how helpful and accessible all of the staff is. I really got the feeling that the administration and staff are there to help students be successful and get the most out of their education. I couldn’t wait for the first week of classes and when it finally arrived, I was happy to find that my classmates were all very kind and friendly. I quickly learned some of their names because I’m in a few classes with some of them, which was really comforting for me. It’s always nice to see a familiar face and I feel it’s a great way to get to know people. While I was getting to know classmates at school, I was also getting to know the people I live with at my flat. I must say that my flat is nicer than I thought it would be and the location is really great. I was fortunate enough to end up in a flat with two girls from France and one from Germany. I have loved getting to have a sort of international experience everyday because I live with people from other countries. We have gone to various clubs and restaurants and the Prague nightlife is certainly not lacking in any way. There are always things to do in the city no matter what time of day, which makes Prague very exciting and lively. I still can’t believe that I’m in Prague, fulfilling my dream. The first few weeks have already gone by quite fast so I will be sure to make the most of my time here for the next couple months!
April 7, 2012
My time here has continued to be an amazing adventure. I have had the pleasure of traveling within and outside of the Czech Republic, which has only added to my study abroad experience. My classes have continued to interest me and I enjoy being in a learning environment with students from all over the world; it really makes for intriguing discussions and interactions. I feel like Prague has become my home now and I have become so comfortable here. I have had the opportunity to see a ballet, which was really great. It’s so wonderful to me that theater productions are easily accessible to everyone, no matter what socioeconomic status. The discounts for students in Prague are unbeatable and make it easy to see beautiful performances that I may not have the opportunity to see in other places. The Easter holiday has also brought about Easter markets around the city. Vendors come and set up booths where they sell hand-made goods, souvenirs, food, and much more. It’s the perfect place to buy wonderful gifts for loved ones back home and it’s fascinating to see what kinds of things people traditionally make here. Walking around looking at what all the vendors had to offer with a traditional sausage or a trdelnik (a delicious sweet bread) in hand was the perfect way to spend an afternoon or two. I think it’s going to be hard to go home and leave the beauty of Prague behind!
Here are some fantastic photos from her trip!