So, I had this adolescent behavior of writing entries about my stupid feelings on a blog that you may have heard of from the early 2000s, something called xanga (go ahead, scoff). Then I had the habit of deleting those entries later on, probably as a result of early 20s angst and the feeling of needing to purge. Some were, sadly, from my early travel days. And, because I don’t really remember too many stories from then, I will post mostly photos from those trips, thus starting my Snapshot series, a nice G-rated picture book for adults.
Prague, Czech Republic
I started college in Fall 2002 and was still smart at the time. Therefore, I was part of a scholars program which hosted special events, one including an all expenses paid trip to Prague over winter break. We had to attend company presentations and business lectures but also had time to explore the city a bit. Unfortunately, we were cheap unappreciative 18 year olds who were more interested in drinking legally and hanging out than actually sightseeing. I’m just glad we had enough sense to go see the basic sites. All of these photos are from Jenn’s digital camera which was a huge novelty at the time. Digital camera? SO COOL. (puts roll of Kodak film into my camera.)
It was January 2003 and winter here was no joke. But, it was my very first taste of Europe and the very first bite from the travel bug that triggered a disease so incurable, that even my dad jokes “Are you still in the United States?” every time I call home. Prague Castle and Charles Bridge, not a bad start at all.
One very freezing night, Jenn, Peter and I decided to explore Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral while everyone else either drank or just hung out at the hotel. It was free to walk around, after all. God, we were so cheap. But, then, as we were walking across the bridge and browsing the vendors and their stands the next day, Jenn’s wallet got stolen from her bag. Very first lesson learned – always hold your bag in front of you or, at least guard your bag.
The guys of course egged each other on to walk across this wooden barrier over the river. It was probably hilarious at the time. Now, I’m thinking, really? Still kinda laughing though…
One of the most beautiful squares ever, Old Town Square.
And, there’s the Old Town Hall which houses the astronomical clock Orloj.
There was, however, one free tour that was provided. You can’t say no to that! We passed by the Municipal House and the Dancing House (pictured above), photo professionally shot from a moving bus.
Our group photo in Wenceslas Square – Jackie, Zhi, me, Dan, Jenn, Peter, HyeMi and Rich, on a night of going out and trying absinthe, instead of all squeezing together in one hotel room, on one hotel bed while eating various snacks, having random conversations, then all just falling asleep at our very spots. Yea, that never happened.