Rain, rain, go away….come again inevitably when our group begins to tour on another day.
Alright, so I may have improvised the second part. The cold, wet weather found it’s way to Prague today as Cultural Pathways took on Day 17 (I think).
The day started off with a chilly tour of some of the communist landmarks around the city. One of the big themes of the morning was how communism played out in the Czech Republic. While it had a grasp on Hungary and Poland, communism seemed much more intense in Czech. Everything was regulated. So regulated in fact, that our lovely guide, Hannah, said that people were insecure after the revolution because they had to decide things for themselves for the first time. It was enlightening to see how much different communism was in the three different countries.
After a stroll through the Communism Museum, the group headed up to the Prague Castle. From the 13th century to the 20th century, the Castle offered a variety of architecture and history.
As the group split up, groups were able to enjoy the downpour in whatever way they saw fit. Some found their way to the Chocolate Museum of Prague and enjoyed some tasty treats, while others enjoyed the warm, dry climate of a local cafe. Finally, a group of brave (or crazy) students took an hour Segway tour of Prague. As a reward for their dedication, their guide offered them a free night tour of the city later in the week. Let’s cross our fingers for nicer weather.
We enjoyed a great American meal at the Prague Hard Rock Cafe for dinner. It was refreshing to get a break from some of the Eastern European cuisine. A huge shout out goes to the kind people of the Hard Rock Cafe for unlimited refills (with ice) and all the ketchup we could have asked for!
Ending the day with a performance gave many of the students a chance to experience something that might have been new for them, a BlackLight Theater. With no words spoken, it was a mix between a play and dance performance. The only downside to the performance was that our very own Amy did not get pulled up on stage. She missed it by about two people.
Sweet souvenir of the day: Several of the intellectuals in our group found some rulers at the Communism Museum. These rulers included major historical events of the last 2000 years. Now, they have the ability to carry all that history around in their pockets. Sounds like a great Honors College representation to me.
I discovered a funny fact about Europeans today. When clapping, eventually, it will become synchronized. I have noticed it several times, but I interviewed one of our very own Europeans (the French one) and found out that it is not a strange occurrence for audience response to be unified. For some reason, I was blown away by this small phenomenon. I found myself trying to clap on the off-beats just to have a bit of individualism.
That’s all from Prague for now!