Puzzling Paris

In The Art of Travel, 9. Troubles, Prague by Erica1 Comment

This past weekend, my friends and I decided to take a trip to Paris. I had last gone to France around 3-4 years ago and absolutely fell in love with the country and with the city of Paris, so I was beyond excited to go back and experience everything again for a second time. Upon landing, my friends and I …

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Popping the Bubble

In The Art of Travel, 8. Bubble, Prague by Erica2 Comments

Before coming to Prague, I promised to myself a few things: To explore/travel as much as possible To experience everything- to never say no. To break out of my comfort zone. And, while I’ve managed to fulfill the first two promises on my list, I am still having difficulty with my third promise to myself. Since I’m pretty introverted and …

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Home Away From Home

In The Art of Travel, 7. Free topic, Prague by Erica1 Comment

Even though I’ve been living in Prague for the past two months, it’s strange how it has been the city that I’ve explored the least since coming abroad for the semester. So far, I have traveled to four different countries: Austria, Belgium, Italy, and France. And within these four countries, I have visited four different cities: Vienna, Brussels, Rome, and …

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The Small Moments

In The Art of Travel, 6. First Book, Prague by EricaLeave a Comment

For John Banville, who wrote the novel, Prague Pictures: A Portrait of the City, his numerous visits to the Czech Republic left him with an array of different memories- many of which are quite similar to my own. In chapter 3 of the novel, Banville writes about a time he went over to the house of a woman named Katerina with …

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Foreign in Prague

In The Art of Travel, 4. Politics, Prague by EricaLeave a Comment

Before even coming to Prague to study abroad, I, as well as everyone else who was planning to come study here, had to go through an extremely strict, as well as stressful, student visa application process. While my friends, who were studying abroad to London, did not require a student visa and only had to worry about what clothes they …

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Strč Prst Skrz Krk

In The Art of Travel, 3. Communicating, Prague by Erica1 Comment

Strč Prst Skrz Krk. This Czech phrase, which quite literally translates to “stick a finger through the throat,” is one that is made up entirely of consonants- no vowels in sight. This difficult to pronounce and confusing phrase basically sums up how I feel about the Czech language: confusing and difficult to pronounce. During the first week of orientation here in …

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The Trdelnik Trap

In The Art of Travel, 2. Getting oriented, Prague by Erica1 Comment

The streets are riddled with trdelniks. What is a trdelnik, you ask? Well, according to Wikipedia (the only time I will rely on this site as a “reputable” source), a trdelnik is “a kind of spit cake” and is “made from rolled dough… grilled and topped with a sugar and walnut mix.” All over the Old Town Square, and nearly every tourist …

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A Love like This

In The Art of Travel, 1: Awakenings, Prague by Erica1 Comment

I have yet to find a love like that of traveling. I once read a quote by my favorite author, Haruki Murakami, that said this: “Anyone who falls in love is searching for a missing piece of themselves. So anyone who’s in love gets sad when they think of their lover.” I never quite understood the feeling Murakami was describing …