Czech Out This Post (Lyon, France; Prague, Czech-Republic)

Week 11 of Global Entrepreneurship Program:

EMLYON Semester.

 

Mundane Blabbing:

It’s week 11 in France, but I feel like I haven’t feel like my french isn’t getting any better than I had hoped. I am still scared to speak in French, especially since the French speak too fast for me to understand.

Classes are as usual, except on Friday—we actually had a useful class for once. We had a professor come work on presentation techniques with our class. She seriously kicked ass and I loved having her in our class. Unfortunately, the people who could’ve actually needed it the most were not there, wtf. I’m disappointed in them because they’re just letting whoever is in their team down. Not only that, but we’ll all end up working with one another by the end of the program—I want everyone on my team to be on top of their games. Even if they’re not the best presenters, what actually disappoints me is the lack of efforts in this program. People just don’t seem to give a damn anymore and I find myself just picking up everyone’s slacks because I actually care about my grades.

 

Weekend in Prague:

This was one of the first trips I’ve booked since getting to France. When Boston told me that this weekend would be his 24th birthday, we immediately booked a flight to come here back in September. Colombia and Martinique later followed the same moves.

Anyways, Prague was so fucking cold, but so fucking awesome. It’s definitely a romantic city and I really wish I had a significant other with whom to have gone there together. Regardless of my loneliness, I had so much fun with my friends. We rented out an apartment in the heard of Prague through AirBNB and we LOVED where we were staying. It was a two bedroom with a full kitchen and dining room. Super spacious and really clean place. The guy also had a stack full of touristy guides, which turned out to be really helpful too.

Global Passports
Global Passports

The first night, we ordered some pizza and ended up at an erasmus party. I got totally hit on by a Ukrainian girl who wanted a threesome with me and her Russian friend. Weird, not sure if I was supposed to feel flattered or not, but I definitely didn’t know how to react to that, so I just laughed and walked away.

Eating late night pizza
Eating late night pizza

 

The second day, we went on a free walking tour. I guess it’s organized by the government or something… I’m actually not sure who sponsors them, but they’re all over Prague through different tour companies. Anyways, we LOVED our tour guide. She was this super sweet Slovakian (well, now Czech) lady. She really was the hidden gem of the city in my eyes. Honestly, the way she gave her tour was full of passion and pride for the city. That lady could totally be a diplomat for the whole country if she wanted.

Anyways, with the tour group, we went through the Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, St.Vitus Cathedral and the Lennon Wall. My favorite site out of the whole city this weekend was probably the Lennon Wall. It stroke a chord in all of us… It’s this long tall wall full of beautiful graphite and writing dedicated to John Lennon. There was also this young boy singing and playing old Beatles song his acoustic guitar. We all had goosebumps, mesmerized by the beauty of the moment. For me, all I could think about Nabil and how I’ve directed my life since his death. I’ve been lucky enough to travel all over Europe as a fulfillment of both our dreams. I really missed him at that moment. I think it was emotional for all of us as each of us wrote down something meaningful on that wall.

GEP in Prague!
GEP in Prague!
The beautiful John Lennon Wall
The beautiful John Lennon Wall
The talented musician who made it that much more memorable for us all
The talented musician who made it that much more memorable for us all
View by Charles Bridge
View by Charles Bridge
GEP with Charles Bridge as our background
GEP with Charles Bridge as our background
Sunset at Petrin Hill. Beauty.
Sunset at Petrin Hill. Beauty.

Later in the evening, the boys went to the Prague National Theatre to watch a symphony, while Colombia and I decided to walk around the streets to find some souvenirs. Then we went to the town square to eat more street food than we could ever handle. It was cold, but the scenery was beautiful and the food was delicious.

Night view of Prague from Petrin Hill
Night view of Prague from Petrin Hill
Eating street food in the old town square of Prague!
Eating street food in the old town square of Prague!
Me and Martinique stuffing our faces with some good street food
Me and Martinique stuffing our faces with some good street food

When we got back to our lodgment, Boston and I decided to hit the sack early. We were both exhausted from the day full of walking. I was frankly too cold to want to step out of the door. The other two decided to go bar hopping because Prague is one of the most famous cities for that. I don’t regret not going because the next day, Boston and I got to grab really amazing brunch and were refreshed to go on another walking tour.

Heavy on the potatoes and meat
Heavy on the potatoes and meat
"English Breakfast," Czech style
“English Breakfast,” Czech style
Czech out this yummy food!
Czech out this yummy food!
Love locks are EVERYWHERE in Prague
Love locks are EVERYWHERE in Prague
GEP + Tour guide + random asian girl (excluding me)
GEP + Tour guide + random asian girl (excluding me)

Today, we saw the Prague Astronomical Clock, Prague Castle, Church of Our Lady before Tyn and the Old Jewish Cemetery.

Prague Astronomical Clock
Prague Astronomical Clock
1-2-3 Jump... 4, you forgot to jump!!!
1-2-3 Jump… 4, you forgot to jump!!!

I have been traveling back-to-back for the past four weekends. Yet, even though I feel like I am so sick of traveling, a weekend in Prague was such a nice delight. I am so glad we went.

LOL
LOL
Petrin Hill panoramic view
Petrin Hill panoramic view

 

xoxo from Prague,
Jinny~