three months

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and while I do wish that I was home with my family for this time, I must be here.

In the U.S., we take Thanksgiving Day to not only eat a lot of good food and watch (American) football, but to take at least a moment to reflect on what we are thankful for. I thought I would do that for my three month blog entry.

I’m thankful for…

  • Mom/lil D- I don’t know what I would do without you and your constant support and encouragement. I am so thankful that you were willing to let me go even though it’s hard (for both of us.) I miss you so much and I can’t wait for the time when I get to show you all of the places I’ve been here. Love you so so so so so much. ā¤
  • James/Jamal/Jamie- I am so proud of you. I can’t believe that you’re an adult and almost 20 and living in your own apartment and cooking for yourself and other people and all of that. You’re almost halfway through college which is insane. I’m so thankful that you’re the big brother that I get to look up to and aspire to be like. Also can’t wait to show you around my adopted home sometime (with lil D). Love you lots.
  • Dad- We’re at an interesting crossroads but I’m still thankful for the years that we’ve shared together. I’m thankful that I had my dad around while growing up because a lot of kids don’t have that. I’m thankful that I can always count on you to help me logically solve problems (especially budgeting ones.) Thanks for your constant support and for always pushing me to try harder. Love you. šŸ™‚
  • C.J- even though you’re a smelly beagle you’re the best smelly beagle out of them all. Also my host dog is insane and giant and I miss you.
  • my host family- I would not have survived these three months without you all and you truly have become like a second family. I hope that I get to return (more than once) after my exchange and have you all meet my family. Thank you for letting me into your home and providing for me.
  • my friends- Thank you all for dealing with me. Thank you for allowing me into your groups that have existed for years now, and for speaking to me in a language that isn’t your own. Thank you for helping me with Czech (even though you laugh at me most of the time) and for having patience. Thank you for being amazing people who have made my exchange so so great thus far. I’m so happy that I have met each and every one of you.
  • my health- I mean you know I have to throw that in there.
  • cheese-Ā Although you make me fatter, you also make me happier.
  • bread-Ā Same as cheese.
  • being able to read-Ā I’m thankful that I get the opportunity to learn and read and write. So many young girls my age around the world do not have this chance.
  • black clothes-Ā Thank you for always looking good and never going out of style.
  • twitter- Thanks for helping me stay connected to everyone here and at home.
  • The 1975- Matty Healy, thank you for existing. Along with Ross, Adam, and George. I don’t know what I would listen to without your music. (Probably The Neighbourhood but that’s not the point.)
  • Kavarna Daniel- s/o to Sara for taking me there first, it has made my life so much better.
  • Rotary- Thank you for allowing me to have this opportunity
  • Google Translate- I don’t think I have to explain this…
  • Mexican food- Although I miss you you are still in my dreams and soon we will be reunited.
  • cheddar cheese- WHY DOESN’T THE CZ HAVE THIS???
  • blankets- because cozy (except my favorite one didn’t make it across the ocean and I miss it)
  • Czech language- despite being a pain in the ass, it sounds cool and sometimes I can say things in three different languages (French, Czech, and English) and that’s nice.
  •Ā if you haven’t seen this you’re welcome
  • black and white photography- for being pretty and interesting and different
  • H & M- even though you take all my money you make me happy
  • hot showers- Thanks for keeping me clean and relaxed and being wonderful.
  • candles- I’m happy that these exist because controlled fire combined with good smells is just šŸ™‚
  • fashion magazines- Thanks for just being really nice.
  • public transportation- This is particularly good where I am living right now so I’m a bit partial. But the fact that I can get anywhere in the city without having a car is so nice.
  • Time Magazine’s website- I can keep up with the U.S. because Czech news is hard to understand.

Finally, I’m thankful for all of this. For this chance and these days of my life. This constant happiness and excitement and joy. The lack of regret at the end of each day paired with the desire to wake up tomorrow. This is the best thing that has ever happened to me/that I have ever done. And I’m so thankful that this journey has seven more months to go. I’m thankful that it is not over yet, and that I will continue to have the chance to change and grow and learn. I’m thankful for everyone who took the time to read this. I love being able to share my experiences with you. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

prague (!!!)

Yesterday I got to go to Prague for the very first of hopefully many times. It also happened to be my first time on a train, which I said was “like Harry Potter.” It was just all very exciting.

My class and I had to be at the train station at 5:30, which meant I woke up insanely early. I got around four or five hours of sleep, but I was still super energetic and excited. We had a little less than four hours on the train, and then we walked around with our social science teacher to see some historical monuments around Prague. They felt it was important for the “amerčanka” to see these things, which I really appreciated.

After that we went to the Czech Chamber of DeputiesĀ and the Senate, which was interesting. I have been to Washington D.C. and seen our capital building, so I got to draw some comparisons. The Czech buildingsĀ were done in what I guess you can imagine if you think of “old European” architecture. There were lots of paintings around and everything was quite ornate. The buildings in D.C. are similar, but the style is a bit different.

I was also surprised by the size of both the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. There didn’t seem to be hardly any seats down on the floor. To me it was hard to imagine that few people help make legislation for an entire country, but I guess we can see from the U.S that more people doesn’t necessarily mean more effective.

Once we were done with our tours and stuff we had free time (!) Something interesting about Prague is that it didn’t seem all that big to me, which I know sounds really snobby. While it was definitely a large city, I was not overwhelmed by the number of people or buildings. Maybe this is because I did not go roaming around the whole city, or maybe a city with a little over a million people doesn’t seem inherently massive to me. I dunno.

This does not mean that I didn’t think Prague was amazing and beautiful, because it is. It is so different from other big cities in the U.S, but it also had lots of things from back home (Hooters, TGI Fridays, lots of Starbucks, etc.) My Czech friends and I hung out at a massive shopping mall before I got to meet up with two of my exchange friends from the U.S. (which was exciting and amazing and wow I already kind of miss them.) Then the wondering continued until I had to go šŸ˜¦

Overall, Prague was one of those great experiences that I haven’t really processed yet. When I compare it to being back at school in Lexington doing the same old school work, I am so thankful for having the chance to do things like this. To get to hang out with so many cool people and see so many cool things. I can’t wait to go back again in December.

Here are some pictures from my trip. Unfortunately, most of the ones that I took aren’t very good, so I don’t want to waste your time with bad pictures of a beautiful place. Thanks for reading, and I’ll update you again soon!

Czech National Museum

Czech National Museum


Taken on Charles Bridge

Clock and giant church.

Clock and giant church.

Astronomical clock. Unfortunately we missed the change.

Astronomical clock. Unfortunately we missed the change.