Today was our last day in Prague (sadface), so instead of sleeping in we decided to make the most of it. We headed out around the city for some last minute shopping and sightseeing. Since the rain stopped today, we took advantage of the nice weather and rented a couple of paddle boats on the river. The sun was out and we had a nice relaxing hour floating around the Vltava. Some of the others took the last day to buy souvenirs and take a relaxing walk around Prague for the last time. After lunch many of the group went on a river cruise. While we sailed alongthe river we were able to enjoy the city from yet another point of view. This time we could look past the Communism, both World Wars and a variety of other empires to partake in the visual history unfolding before our eyes.
Sometimes along our trip we would get cAught up in one moment or one phase but with the blending of different architectures the final picture came together like the paitings in the contemporary museum. Beautiful, collaborative, and all substantial for the development of the people. It gas become apparent to us that history is both factual and subjective. While the winner writes the history books te people are the ones who have the power to confirm or deny based on their spirit. From the resilience of the Polish to the fusion of the Hungarians to the irony of the Czechs these people are more than the atrocities and victories they’ve lived through, they are a nation of individuals united by their utter desire to preserver.
For our last dinner together we went to a traditional czech restaurant and enjoyed the food and even more the folk dancing. The musicians and dancers entertained us for a while with the traditional dances and then asked for some willing participants. Many of the group joined in.
We ended our evening at Mcdonalds, trying to get ourselves back into American culture. We decided on awards for eachother and came up with more than 75 different “most likely to’s.” Saying goodbye to everyone was harder than we all expected after a great three weeks together. We are all so grateful to Dr. Jones for planning this trip and selecting all of us to go.
Things we will miss:
-Being in EUROPE
-awesome public transportation
-our amazing traveling buddies!
Things we’re excite to get back to:
-free water, bathrooms, and ketchup
-friends and families