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This past weekend I went to Prague with 2 of my roommates, Krystal and Kassie, and it was AWESOME!  It was my first time in Eastern Europe and my first time being in another country that didn’t use Euros as their currency! We flew in on Friday night and checked into our hostel which was actually pretty nice.  The next day we got up early and walked around the city, got some food, and went on a 2 hour walking tour of the city.  We saw so many things!  Prague is such a cool city…you feel like you’re in a Hans Christen Andersen fairytale (as Krystal said) haha.

Also, while we were there, we randomly saw our friend Matt who we had met in Brussels back in February.  He was traveling on his spring break with one of his friends from his program.  The two of them, Matt and Jill, are studying in southern France in Montpelier.  So the 5 of us hung out for most of the weekend!  So much fun!!  And also, we didn’t find out until Friday, but Obama was going to be there at the same time we were!!  He spoke at Prague Castle on Sunday  morning…and there were thousands and thousands of people there.  We didn’t go because it was a madhouse – but we did watch his speech with 2 other Czech guys who worked at the front desk of our hostel.  It was really neat to hear their point of view as well.  Obama’s speech was mostly about making an international effort to stop the threat of nuclear warfare.  I love hearing him speak!  It’s always so moving.  And Michelle Obama was there with him, and they looked great!  All the Czechoslovakians gave them such a warm welcome, too.  🙂

Here are some pictures from my weekend in Prague!

Crazy Czech currency! In Czech, it's called koruna česká (Kč), or "koruns" (crowns) in English! The exchange rate was about 20Kč = 1€

Crazy Czech currency! In Czech, it's called koruna česká (Kč), or "koruns" (crowns) in English! The exchange rate was about 20Kč = 1€

Prague's famous Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square

Prague's famous Astronomical Clock in Old Town Square

Old Town Square with Tyn Church in the background

Old Town Square with Tyn Church in the background

Me, Krystal, and Kassie with Prague Castle in the distance :)

Me, Krystal, and Kassie with Prague Castle in the distance 🙂

Krystal, Kassie, and I during our pub crawl

Krystal, Kassie, and I during our pub crawl

Prague is also well-known for their Bohemian crystal!

Prague is also well-known for their Bohemian crystal!

We got Starbucks on Sunday morning.  This is my Iced Caramel Macchiato and look how they spelled my name! Haha, Manaka.  I like it.

We got Starbucks on Sunday morning. This is my Iced Caramel Macchiato and look how they spelled my name! Haha, Manaka. I like it.

Jill, Me, Matt, Krystal, and Kassie in Prague Castle

Jill, Me, Matt, Krystal, and Kassie in Prague Castle

Saint Vitus' Cathedral

Saint Vitus' Cathedral

Changing of the guards at Prague Castle

Changing of the guards at Prague Castle

Where Obama spoke just 2 hours before we got there

Where Obama spoke just 2 hours before we got there

View from Prague Castle...overlooking all of Bohemia!

View from Prague Castle...overlooking all of Bohemia!

Cool band playing on Charles Bridge!

Cool band playing on Charles Bridge!

Ah trdlo!!! A delicious dessert in Prague. They roll dough into these little mini-barrel shaped forms and they have sugar on the outside!! Sooo good, esp when they first come off the roller :)

Ah trdlo!!! A delicious dessert in Prague. They roll dough into these little mini-barrel shaped forms and they have sugar on the outside!! Sooo good, esp when they first come off the roller 🙂

Langoše!! We each had one for lunch and they were delish! Ketchup, Cheese, and Garlic on this really good fried dough, haha. Not exactly healthy - but so good!

Langoše!! We each had one for lunch and they were delish! Ketchup, Cheese, and Garlic on this really good fried dough, haha. Not exactly healthy - but so good!

This is a short post but I don’t have much time because I’m leaving for Spring Break in just a few hours!!  Matt and I are backpacking through Italy!!  We’re starting in Rome, and going to Florence, Pisa, Milan, and Venice!  Then I’m going to Barcelona to stay with Ashley for a week!  HAPPY SPRING BREAK!!  Write again soon!

Bisous!

Monica

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