Currently, I have less than I week before I leave Prague. Five days to be exact. While I’m incredibly excited to finally go back home, leaving Prague is a bit bittersweet to say the least.
Prague has been my home for the past semester and looking back on my choice to come to Prague, I would never regret coming here as my study abroad site. After traveling almost every weekend, and always coming back to Prague after each adventure, the city has definitely grown on me. It’s taken up a piece of my heart, and it’s there to stay.
Perhaps one of the best things about Prague is that you discover something new every day. The city itself, at first glance, is pretty ordinary, if not lacking. But with each day you spend here, you get a bit more charmed and fall a little bit more in love. You find shortcuts around the cities, discover cute streets lined with pastel buildings, run into smalls stores you would never have thought were interesting, see funny pieces of graffiti, and just stumble upon little things here and there that eventually show you that, in fact, Prague is an incredible city of hidden gems and discovery. A modest city with more to offer than you could ever anticipate, Prague certainly lives up to its nickname, “The Pearl of Cities”.
After staying in Prague, I’ve come to realize how important it is to really appreciate every moment that occurs and to notice the little things in life. Surprisingly, in a city that’s flows so slowly that it seems to have been caught in time, time flies. Sometimes you don’t even realize it. You get swept up into a pattern of life, which, in my case, was a cycle of school, travel, rest, and homework. And interestingly enough, what really made me aware of this cycle, as well as the need to be proactive and enjoy every bit of life was actually this blogging course. This course, The Art of Travel, has perhaps become one of the most valuable experiences I’ve had while abroad. I’ve been pushed to really think about my life and experience while traveling. I’ve been introduced to new perspectives and ways to appreciate life. It’s a bold thing to say, but honestly, this 2-credit course that I took on a whim, has changed so much about me and my life.
Ultimately, I think that I have learned so much, changed so much, and grown so much during my time abroad. I flew to Prague expecting a fun semester and a break from school in the United States. Now I’m prepared to leave Prague with so much more than that, plus the ability to change myself and my life for the better based on what I have learned here. Coming to Prague is certainly an experience I’ll never forget. My first time in Europe, and certainly not my last, has become a much, much more important experience to me than I would have ever expected. I’ll never forget the fun times I’ve spent with friends, the grueling hours of cramming homework the day before school, the incredibly stressful travel mishaps, the amazing food from all the different countries I’ve visited, and simply just the comforting feeling of finally returning home to Prague.
So as an early goodbye before my final goodbye in five days, “na shledanou”, Prague. You’ve treated me so well and left me with unforgettable memories. While I may or may not come back in the future, a piece of you will always stay with me.
Thank you for everything, Prague, and thank you for this course, Professor Hutkins.