Hi all, this is the last post about my spring break adventures in Europe! Our last stop was Prague, Czech Republic. We took the train from Vienna to Prague and checked in to our Airbnb. We decided to take a nice walk through the city to Old Town Square and see the Astronomical Clock Tower. It is the third oldest astronomical clock, and the only one still in operation! We climbed to the top to get a gorgeous view of the cityscape. See pics below!
The next day, we took yet another free walking tour (there are so many in Europe). We saw Kafka’s birthplace, the Rudolfinum, Prague Castle, the Jewish Quarter, the Pinkas Synagogue, the Jewish Cemetery, and Old New Synagogue, and a statue of Kafka. Sadly we had to leave the walking tour early to catch our train back to Budapest (in order to make our flight). We booked round trip flight tickets to/from Budapest because it was cheaper than buying two one way tickets to/from different cities.
Prague was a fairytale town - it was so beautiful, but it also felt the most touristy with the street performers and people trying to sell you things. I also felt the need to be much more aware of pickpockets in Prague! Although we didn’t get to spend as much time in Prague as the other two cities (Budapest and Vienna), it was a wonderful experience overall and we were glad we made a stop in the Czech Republic!
After a year spent in “soft-lockdown” at home in Atlanta, and as Caltech students prepared to finally return to campus, I was aboard an eight hour flight towards Edinburgh, Scotland. Since my junior year plans were interrupted by the virus who shall not be named, I’m spending my first term of senior year studying abroad through the Caltech - Edinburgh University International Exchange program. I’ve only been here just over a week yet have been exposed to so many new people, perspectives, foods, and classes.
When the announcement was first made that fall term was going to be online, I started talking to friends and looking for places to live. We were debating locations around the country: California, Florida, New York, etc.. there were plenty of options. Then it suddenly hit me, what is stopping us from going to Hawaii, covid numbers were better and a two week quarentine would ensure that numbers stayed down… I proposed this to my friend and we agreed it would be an amazing experience, but we didn’t want to get out hopes up. A month or so later we still haven’t decided where to live, Hawaii seemed too far and too difficult to plan. But we couldn’t get the idea out of our heads. We spent some time looking into plane tickets, places to stay, etc… and it actually didn’t seem so impossible after all. A couple weeks later and we were arriving here on the big island!
I visited Amsterdam for a brief two and a half days during my vacation. There were a few landmarks and neighborhoods I wanted to checkout, but did not plan the visit in detail. As such, when it came down to destinations with ticketed entries, I had to skip most of them, since they did not have day-of tickets left for sale. Fortunately, I was able to walk around most of the city and it was generally a good time.