A place in my heart by Christian Grandfield

(Warning: I wrote a lot tonight)

Today was our last full day in Prague, so we were given the chance to use the knowledge we’ve learned about Prague to explore for ourselves. We started our independent search at the old town farmers market and agreed to regroup at the bottom of Václavské náměstí after a while. During this time, I took the chance to try street food I’ve been eyeing every time I’ve walked by, browse the unique and fascinating items that were at the market, and just enjoy myself as much as I could. 

After our quick regroup, we split up for lunch and agreed to meet at the hotel later. The Tallmans and the Leakes took me to a great restaurant that had a lot of history in the walls. Long ago when there were swarms of Hussite soldiers trying to break into the defense, the defending soldiers would be slicing them as they came in and even sharpened their blades on the walls, explaining all of the slash marks on certain parts of the wall from 14th century. 

After lunch, I went with the Leakes to go shopping at a couple of clothing stores and pharmacies. It was a refreshing experience to get to know my precal teacher beyond the classroom. I loved getting to talk to her not as a teacher, but as a friend and sharing a laugh with her and Mr. Leake. 

Once we met up again at the hotel, we left to find dinner and eventually ended up at this Italian restaurant that was very high in quality, however, it wasn’t high in quantity. Once we finished, we then split up again to find more food, because most of us were still hungry after dinner. It was the Tallmans who invited me to come with them to find some place to eat a second dinner with them, while some of the other kids continued to explore the city in their groups. I had a great evening with the Tallmans as I again felt that my relationship with the Tallman family keeps getting deeper and more personal during all of our moments together. 

Now that it’s almost over, there’s so many things I’m gonna miss that I won’t have back home. I’m gonna miss exploring this new and epic city, as well as all of the trips we took every day. I’m gonna miss Evžen and Žofie wanting to hold hands with me everywhere I go. I’m gonna miss spending time with my friends and the Tallmans, who have been nothing but kind to me throughout the entire trip. I’ve developed a love for Prague that I’m never gonna forget and I definitely want to return someday!!

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The City at Dusk by Christian Grandfield

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Karlstejn by Aashi Patel

On our train ride over to Karlstejn Castle I watched as we speed away from Prague. As I looked at the surrounding suburbs I noticed that there was two very different types of buildings. I had seen these two types before through out Prague and the other cities we visited but never did I realize how different they were. Throughout the countryside and suburbs you see beautiful houses, some built recently and others long ago. But you also see these plain and tall buildings with no character that were built during communism. Just looking at these buildings shows how communism takes away who and what a thing is and strips it down to look like everything else.
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Once we ate breakfast and left the hotel, we tried to catch a train that would take us to Karlštejn. Unfortunately, we missed it, but took the time we had to learn more about the city, especially in regards to Václavské náměstí – where and how people gather for protests and political rallying against the government. Once we got on the train and arrived at Karlštejn, we weren’t able to see the castle right away like at many of our previous stops. We took a long and quiet hike up through the town, which felt like a ghost town because most of the shops and the castle tour was closed. That may sound unfortunate, however, I was able to find some of the best souvenirs there out of all of the places I’ve seen in Czech, thanks to the few shops that were open. I also had the best chicken schnitzel I think I’ve ever had in my life, so despite most of the town taking Monday off, I still consider it a great stop. 

Afterwards, we left on a train and headed back to the hotel to wash off. We then met at the docks by Vltava river and split up into groups to enjoy dinner whereever we wanted. My group went to an Italian pizza place, and again, the food was exceptional. Afterwards, our group split up and it ended up being me and Amelia exploring the docks and taking pictures of the views we saw as we walked. Once we regrouped, we got to see just how beautiful Prague is at night. I was always more willing to go to bed because I’m tired of walking, however, I’m so happy I took the chance to see the city and how much art went into Prague. I’m really sad that tomorrow is our last full day in Prague. All I can do is make the most out of the time I have left!

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Karlštejn by Louie DePalma

I started off the day at 8:30 when Mia, Ellie and I went out for breakfast. We ate waffles at a cute café we found off Náměstí Míru. Following breakfast we took a train to a small town, Karlštejn. In Karlštejn we viewed the biggest castle in Czech, built in the 1357 by King Charles. We also ate a good lunch and shopped around. After a great trip in beautiful Karlštejn, we took the train back to Prague. We spent the night around the docks on Vltava river, where we ate dinner and walked around until 10. We took a tram back to the hotel, and hung out there until we fell asleep.

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Karlštejn by Mia Whitlow

Today was an easy day. We rode a train up to Karlštejn. Karlštejn was a cute little town that had many shops and stores, and it had the Karlštejn Castle. We weren’t able to go in the castle but it was still cool to see outside and how big it was. We had lunch at a restaurant off the mountain. A little cat decided to join us too. We left Karlštejn and went back to Praha. We went to docks and got dinner out that way. We got to see an amazing view of the Prague Castle near the Vltava river. After dinner and sightseeing we got on a tram and came back to our hotel. I’m sad tomorrow is our last day but I’m excited to explore more of Prague.

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Karlštejn by Ellie Adam

Today we went to a town about an hour away and ate a nice four course meal by the mountains. The lunch was very nice because the restaurant had a view of all the mountains and the castle in the little town. When I got back I got ready for dinner and we were allowed to eat wherever for dinner on our own. Some of my friends and I ate at a really good barbecue restaurant. One cultural difference was that I had to pay for extra things such as bbq sauce and water. I’m excited for tomorrow because we get free time to explore.

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