I was too tired to write this last night, so i'm forced to write it this morning at 6:12 am. I'm obviously not on a correct sleeping pattern as of yet.
Yesterday morning started with me wakeing up about the same time and checking out the cafeteria where we are given our only prepaid meal of the trip, breakfast. We were given these small, blue, buisness size cards which equals 50 koruna to eat breakfast every morning on the trip. If you go over your 50 koruna limit, you either must pay with "real money" to make up the difference or give up another one of your blue cards. For breakfast yesterday, I ate a chocolate croissant, banana, cup o' yogurt, sparkling water (which is horrible by the way), and a cup o' coffee. This cost me somewhere around 70 koruna.
On a side note:
Money here is either really awesome or really strange. Everything is pretty much less expensive than in the states, except for a few things. Food, beer, most everything else is cheaper, however, for instance, yesterday I went to the local Tesco (Wal-Mart) to look for a beard trimmer. I paid $17 for one in the states. Here, they are around $37 for the same off brand of razor. I was told not to bring any small bathroom appliances because they would end up becoming fried due to the different electrical sockets.
Back to my day:
After breakfast, we made our first trek into the city. We took the metro into Old Town, which is where one part of Charles University is. (Charles University is spread all about Prague, they don't have a singular campus like UNO.) After a small "Intro to Prague" meeting with the rest of the Summer Abroad students, Polly, Layla, and I left for a small lunch on our own. We found a nice restaurant which sold a lot of seafood as well as regular hamburgers. I ate some pan-seared salmon with mustard sauce. Twas amazing. Oh yeah, if you come to Prague, do NOT drink Kofola. Not that I particularly enjoy soft drinks back home, but this one was horrible.
After eating, we proceeded to meet back at the university for our first walking tour of Prague. We were taken, for the most part, all over Old Town, which, if you look at a map of Prague, it is the area to the east of the Vltava River. I honestly can't remember half the stuff we visited on the tour yesterday, however, i'm sure with my extended stay here in Prague, i'll learn everything in the near future.
After a short visit to Tesco and other small shops including a Czech shoe store, I took a shower and met my fellow Americans in the dorm lobby to receive one of our only paid dinners on the trip. We then took the subway/walked to Cafe Louvre. (www.cafelouvre.cz/en) We were given a three-course meal including an alcoholic beverage of our choice. Along with my white wine, we were served a broth-based onion soup, which was crazy good, a pork and bread dumpling dish, which was outstanding, and for dessert, some sort of fruit cream cake, which was also amazing. Julie was there, my bosses girlfriend, and she proceeded to ask us how our stay had been (great of course). She also made plans with us to hang out and show us around sometime this weekend.
Okay, so after all of that rambling, and an hour gone by, i'm officially hungry and will make my way down to the cafeteria to receive my blue ticket breakfast.
So, trying to use my best Czech: Rada bych se rozloucila...