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My Little Travel Extravaganza

Well it has been quite a while since I’ve posted up here, but I swear it’s because I’ve been traveling all over Central Europe and loving every second of it! These past 10 days I traveled to Berlin, Amsterdam, and Brussels.

My program in the Czech Republic is designed so we arrive early and are introduced to Prague, Czech culture, and the Czech Language for about three weeks, then we were given a full week off to do whatever we wanted before our real classes started up. In a surprisingly quick decision and little discussion, 3 other members of my program and I decided on this extravaganza. The only stipulations were somewhere in Germany, and Amsterdam.

To say this was hastily planned would be an understatement. We didn’t even know what we wanted to do in each place until we got there. This little vacation has taught me a lot about my position as a traveler. I was in no way the navigator, but I would like to think I helped in making the trip fun and something worth looking forward to. If there was any way to describe it, I was the Yes Man.
-“Should we go to the Anne Frank House and wait in line for and hour and a half in the cold?”
-“Why not? We’ll only be here once!” (Yes, we waited for and hour and a half, and yes, it was worth it.)

Of course after awhile, this gets exhausting. We were running nonstop for probably 7 days before we really decided to stop, stay in, and get some sleep. But I can happily say I do not regret seeing as much as we did. I only regret not seeing more and having more time in each city. That being said, I probably wouldn’t be very functional if we had had a longer vacation.

Three cities in 10 days was exhausting. My first night in Brussels was hard. I felt so homesick, and all I wanted was to be back in Prague and finally on a normal schedule. This all changed in the morning when I finally saw the whole city, and suddenly my desire to explore and experience all I could was back.

This experience was amazing. Each city had its own personality and its pros and cons. The mere fact that I can say I was in three other countries just a week ago is so exhilarating! I honestly didn’t know if I’d ever be able to say that. Not to mention I’ve now seen the Berlin Wall, the Ishtar Gate, and some of the largest collections of the works of Van Gogh and Magritte! The last week was certainly a week of slashing items off my bucket list.

Naturally, now that I’m back in Prague, it’s time to get to work. This is my first week of University classes. It will be quite a change, but I’m looking forward to a regular schedule, and being a little more productive. Not to mention I still have affairs to deal with at home in Kansas City that I have happily ignored until this point. I suppose it’s time to be a student again, but I certainly enjoyed being a world traveler while I could!

Here are some of the best pictures of this trip. If you are still curious, I have more pictures posted on my Facebook from this trip!

Until next time!

-Emma

At the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany. It also happened to be the coldest day of the entire trip and the one day we spent outside the entire time.
On the ferry to our hostel in Amsterdam. This was such a cool experience for me because I’ve lived in land locked places all my life. People would get on the ferry with their bicycles and their motorcycles, filling the ferry every time. I’m pretty sure pedestrians are a minority in Amsterdam with how many people ride their bikes.
Brussels was a seriously beautiful city. I was endlessly impressed by its quirks, probably because I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I went. It was also the best weather I’ve had in Europe thus far.