Posted by: LM | June 9, 2008


This is the last blog that I’m required to write for my digital media class. I have to say that I’ve really enjoyed writing about this topic. Reliving my memories and sharing my stories has been a lot of fun. I’m not sure how healthy it’s been though. See I’m one of those people completely guilty of living in the past. What I’m doing today is never as good as what I did yesterday. It’s a chronic disorder I’ve got going on. My fiance always reminds me that I reminisce instead of living my life for what it is at the moment. He’s right. Sometimes I need to remember to take my head out of the mental photo albums of “the good ole days” and start realizing that I’m LIVING the times that will be my memories tomorrow. This blog is going to take a little bit of a different pace than the others. I decided to be a little more introspective than usual and answer a few questions I’ve been getting. So here it goes.

Why was I in Prague?

That story starts in a really sad way, actually. The guy I was dating at the time (and who I’m currently engaged to) and I broke up for about a month. My life took a major league dip and it was all I could do not to turn everything on its head. I was depressed, to say the least. I decided that I needed a year away. I had a friend doing some mission work in Prague at a school teaching ESL (English as a Second Language) and that sounded perfect for me. I’m an English major and though I’m fully aware that literature and English as a language are two completely different subjects, I figured I knew enough to be ok. Plus the people at the school encouraged me that they took any body and would train us all there. I signed up and even after I got back together with my boyfriend I was still pumped to go… so I went.

What exactly did you DO there?

Basically it was indentured servitude or paid slavery or whatever you want to call it. It was terrible. The classroom was phenomenal. I’ve never been more comfortable in my own skin than when I stood in front of my students and imparted knowledge to them. It was everything else that drove me crazy. I was there as a student missionary so I was in charge (along with 10 others who were there with me) of teaching all my classes, organizing church and sabbath school, Bible studies, cooking for potluck, grading, editing textbooks, etc etc etc. I really could go on forever. Prague was a beautiful backdrop, but I was honestly inside for 70% of my stay there. It was NOT a vacation. haha. I encourage going out for a mission year whole-heartedly, but if you’re looking for a paid vacation you might try one of the islands. I hear that’s a bit more lax. :)

Who are these roommates/flatmates you’re always talking about?

Ok that’s fair. I mention these people a lot in my posts and I suppose you’re all probably curious as to who they are. They were other students just like me who came from all over the U.S. to do just what I was doing. There were six of us from Southwestern Adventist University (Austin, Ky, Eliseo, Aleksis, one of the Andys, and me), two from Walla Walla (Chelsea & Montana), one from Texas Tech University (Kristin), one from Southern (Missy) and one from Union (another Andy). Originally there were twelve of us, but two left and one new one came, so in the end we were the “faithful eleven”, as our boss called us.

What was your ACTUAL favorite part of Prague?

Considering you won’t all have the experience I had, I can’t say the people, though they were my absolute favorite things about being in Prague. You won’t get to live with the people I lived with and you won’t get to laugh with the people I laughed with, so you won’t get to experience my truly FAVORITE thing about last year. However, have no fear. Prague still has plenty of amazing things to offer. My favorite thing was simply the atmosphere. Taking walks in that city provides a euphoria all its own. And it never gets old. I could’ve walked for hours every day and seen the same things over and over and still have felt completely wonderful every time. If, no WHEN, you go to Prague be sure to take walks. Just wander. It’s great. Seeing the castle in the distance, crossing the bridge, dodging horse-drawn carriages in Old Town Square, it’s all great.

Writing this blog may have taken me on an unhealthfully lengthy trip down memory lane, but I’m so grateful that it’s reminded me how lucky I am to have had the opportunity that I did to experience all this. I’ll say it one last time: take the opportunity to live inor even just visit, Europe at some point. You’ll never ever regret it.

Posted by: LM | June 5, 2008


ok this post is random. very very random.

last weekend i watched a movie that’s been in my netflix que for months now. you know how it goes. school and work and life get in the way of watching movies sometimes. and how dare they, right? in any case, i finally got this movie in my mailbox and eventually convinced my fiance to watch it with me during one of our date nights. it was a movie i didn’t know anything about aside from the fact that one of my students emailed me all excited because a czech girl was staring in this new movie that had just came out. “it’s great!” she told me. “watch it the very soonest you can.” (i must admit, i do miss their funny little sentences like that. haha) i added it to my que and didn’t give it a second thought until it was on my mail table.

waiting months to watch this movie was a HUGE mistake. this is probably one of the top movies on my “all time greats” list. to say that i loved it would be an understatement. the music was spectacular, the story was original, the characters were magnificent. in short, i’d recommend it to everyone and anyone. this will transcend differing tastes and genre preferences. boy, girl, whatever… you’ll love this movie. when i watched it i immediately called my best friend and ordered him to watch it too. there’s not a person on this planet more opposite of me than him. though he liked it for different reasons than i did, the point is that he still loved it. point made?

my fiance is the type of person who finds something he likes and completely immerses himself in it. the day after we watched Once he went online and read about the making of the movie. apparently the guy and the girl in the movie got together during the filming of the movie. the kicker is that he’s 37 and she’s 19. weird? haha. Glen Hansard is the name of the guy and Marketa Irglova ( could’ve never heard she was czech and been able to tell just from that name. ha!) is the girl. they’re both marvelous. not only are the marvelous at acting, they’re both INCREDIBLY talented musicians. it’s not often that you come across someone who is equally gifted in both of those spheres of media. they most certainly are.

the movie is filmed in Ireland, actually, but the CZ is mentioned and Marketa is just about as genuinely Czech as they come. Some interesting facts about the movie… the main characters aren’t given names. i actually didn’t notice until afterwards when i went to talk about the movie to someone and thought “wait just one second. what WERE their names?” i looked it up and it’s true, no names were given to them. the fact that they got through a whole movie without making the lack of something so essential obvious at all is pretty awesome if you ask me. also, Glen Hansard (the guy in the movie) wrote most, if not all, of the songs on the soundtrack. he’s incredible. i made sure i had that thing on my ipod hours after seeing the movie. it’s that good! so good, in fact, that one of the songs from Once won “best song from a motion picture” at the Academy Awards last year. look up Glen Hansard when you get the chance and don’t be like me and put off seeing this movie. it’s worth every minute!

here’s a couple clips to get you in the mood. (by the way, in the trailer, the thing that she says when he asks her if he loves her husband, ‘miluji tě’, is “i love YOU”.)

“Falling Slowly” with clips from the movie

Once Trailer

Posted by: LM | June 3, 2008

Museum Night

My students made a point of telling me about every event going on in the city. They had this desire to integrate me into the Czech culture. I think they feel good when Americans show interest in them. The Czech Republic being such a small country, it’s easy for it to get forgotten in the vastness of Europe. It was hard for me to adjust to the fact that my culture is seen as being the dominating, almost crushing, force in their world. Most times it made me feel rather embarrassed. Rarely was I proud. But that’s besides the point. The point is that one of the events my students made me aware of was Museum night. It’s mid-June every year, which is the reason I thought of it. Museum night for this year is coming up.

Museum night is the one night a year when all the museums around Prague open their doors to the public all night long for free. I realize that this sounds like a rather lame way to spend a Saturday night, but it actually turned out to be really fun. Some of the other teachers and I met our students at the Museum of Communism and start our adventure. By the time 2 AM rolled around we had about four museums under our belts and called it a night. I was really glad I’d saved all my museum visiting until the end. My wallet was glad too. The admission fees at those museums can be pretty steep when they add up.

In addition to getting free admission into the museums, it was a great way to learn more about the city I’d called home for nine months. We went to several art museums, but for the most part we stuck to the historical ones. Those are my favorites. We saw galleries full of Nazi and Communist paraphernalia in the Museum of Military History and. There were also galleries full of some much older artifacts like fossils and things that had been uncovered in various archaeological digs. The one place we didn’t get to go that I’d really wanted to see was the Jewish Museum. I kept telling myself I’d go back another day, but I never did. I guess that just means I’ll have to make another trip out to Prague just for that.

If you’re planning a trip into Prague this summer, see if you can synchronize your visit with June 14th, which is this year’s museum night. The best part of getting into the museums for free is that you don’t feel obligated to spend a lot of time in each one. You can see what you want to see and move on to the next one.

Posted by: LM | June 2, 2008


There was a particular day (actually there were many) when I was in Prague that I really felt horrible. Things weren’t going well for me at all. I was homesick for every insignificant aspect of home from non-cobblestone sidewalks to non-smoking sections that were ACTUALLY non-smoking. This particular day I HAD to get out of the house. I’m not usually someone who ventures out on her own, but this day I couldn’t even bare the thought of being around other people. I got on the metro and just rode. After riding for a while, I turned around and went back the other direction. On my way back home I decided to make a stop at one of my favorite places in Prague: Vyšehrad. I know I claim that every place I write about is one of my “favorites”, but it’s really true. I love all these places. Vyšehrad, though, was something even MORE special than the usual haunts I frequented. Walking around this place did wonders for my mood that day. Just standing there and looking out over the city was enough to make me forget all the things bringing me down.

This place is a castle from the 10th Century. While Prague Castle is great and all and St. Vitus’ is magnificently decorated and gilded with more gold than you can imagine, Vyšehrad is one of those old castles you picture in your mind’s eye when you’re listening to a fairytale. It’s a ruin. There’s actually no castle left, or if there is… I missed it. haha. There’s an old wall and a church and cemetery (the one Dvorak is burried in) and all this is surrounded by a gorgeous park. If you want to know more about this history of Vyšehrad, I suggest you visit this site.

Funny story. The first time I went to Vyšehrad was with the big group of teachers. Several of us wondered away from the group and were just enjoying the view and our walk when the ground, literally, started to shake. When we turned around we were met with a stampede of joggers in some kind of race. They were wearing numbers and in this big group. We quickly moved out of there way, lest we be trampled. About two full minutes after this crowd passed us by, a straggler ran by us sporting a number of his own. We’d only been there a couple of weeks when this happened, so we knew practically NO Czech, but that didn’t stop my friend Andy from screaming out the closest thing to an encouraging remark he new: “CESTOVAT!” Most of you don’t know what that means, so it’s not funny to you. But it was funny to us. “Cestovat” is the infinitive of the verb “travel”. Andy literally yelled out “TO TRAVEL” to this poor jogger who was trying to catch up to his group. haha.

I recommend Vyšehrad to anybody who’s taking a short trip into Prague. You’ll spend hours shopping and taking in the sites in Wenceslas and Old Town Squares, but definitely make time in your schedule for this place. It’s a great location for a picnic lunch or just to sit on the grass and relax

Here’s a video I took of the view from the hill Vyšehrad is on. I know, gorgeous, right? Oh, and the guy in the video with me Andy, who I mentioned earlier in this post. Just FYI. :)

Posted by: LM | June 2, 2008

Prague in Three Days

Again, this post is dedicated to my friend Stefan who’s going to be passing through Prague this summer. For any of you others going on a European adventure, this might be something helpful to have a look at. It comes after lots of trial and error with people who came to visit and got to be my guinea pigs for figuring out the best way to take in all the sites of Prague in a quick, but effective, way.

Day One: Old Town Square

  • Start your day off right with a stop at Bohemia Bagel . There’s one right off of Old Town Square. For directions either ask a local or go read my blog dedicated to Bohemia Bagel here.
  • After you’re fed, spend some time in the square. Get to the Astronomical Clock at some point, just so you can say you’ve seen it. Don’t bother hoping on one of those touristy horse-drawn carriages. See it all the old fashioned way. It’s better, trust me.
  • Turn around and look at Tyn Church. It looks kind of like Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland, right?
  • If it’s around a holiday like Christmas or Easter, there’s probably a festival in the square. Pick up some Trdlo at one of the stands. Yum!
  • Take a look inside St. Nicholas Church. You have to pay, but it’s worth it if you like old churches or architecture or anything like that.
  • Wonder the alleys, but DON’T stop at the KFC you’ll see right off the square. Resist the temptation to eat American food!!! haha.
  • Take a gander at Jan Hus for a few minutes. You know all about him after reading my post on him, I’m sure. ;)
  • Once you’ve taken in all there is to see in Old Town Square, wonder towards Charles Bridge.
  • On your way you’ll see the Rudolfinum. Pretty nifty, huh? Unless you’re a big classical music fan I wouldn’t recommend making a stop. You’ve got lots to see! But if you ARE a classical music fan, there are always concerts going on in Prague. Find tickets and enjoy a night out. :)
  • Once you’re on the bridge, shop. This stuff is cheap and you won’t find it in most other places in Prague. A lot of it is handmade.
  • You’re probably hungry and there are LOTS of places to eat around here. Find one with a patio if you can (and if the weather permits) and just drink it in.
  • If you’re in Prague during the summer and you have the time, I highly recommend paddle boating in the Vltava. SO fun.
  • Don’t try to fit the castle district (on the other end of the bridge) into your schedule today. Save your energy.

Day Two: Prague Castle

  • If you have it in you, take a walk to the castle. If not, metro/tram it up there. There’s no shame. Public transportation is amazing! :)
  • There’s not much play-by-play that I can give you for this. Make sure you see the castle compound and DO go into St. Vitus’.
  • Climb the tower if it’s a clear day. It’s a hike, but it’s beautiful.
  • Walk down the stairs from the castle. More vendors, more shopping!
  • Go into the Wallerstein Gardens while you’re in the neighborhood. Pretty and so fun!
  • Eat more good Czech food!!! :)

Day Three: Miscellaneous

  • Wenceslas Square. Get the last of that shopping bug taken care of. This is modern Prague at its finest.
  • Vysehrad. Do it. Go there. Drink it in. Bring a blanket and enjoy! (read about it in tomorrow’s post)
  • While you’re up there, take a gander at the cemetery and see if you can find Dvorak.
  • Just take it slow today, you’re leaving soon and it’s your last day to enjoy this wonderful city.
  • Fit in the stuff you saw along the way, but didn’t get a chance to stop at. Maybe it was a restaurant that got passed by or a museum you think you’d enjoy.
  • Choose: National Museum (in Wencelsas Square), Jewish Quarter, Museum of Communism (kind of cool, actually). Do something you think you’d enjoy.
  • Wander. If you’ve got the time, I fully condone getting lost in this city. You’ll find your way home and you’ll love every minute of your adventure until you do.

If you’re not planning a trip to Prague right now, do so soon. And do it before the Euro takes over it 2010! :)

Posted by: LM | May 28, 2008

Prague Travel Tips

I’ve got several friends who are planning their own Euro Trips and I’ve always asked them all the same question: “You’re stopping in Prague, right?” My inspiration for this particular entry came from my most recent encounter with a friend planning a European Vacation this summer. He’s got one month to travel the continent. My first reaction was “LUCKY!!!” my second reaction was to ask him my infamous question. Yes, he assured me, he planned to stop in Prague. “How could I not after all the cool stuff you’ve said about it?” Good answer. I promised to give him a list of the must-sees along with some helpful travel tips. This blog is me making good on that promise

Prague Tourist Tip #1: Don’t Put Things Off

I was in Prague for 10 months, so it was easy for me to put off seeing things until another time. There are a lot of things I didn’t get around to seeing until my last month in town, which was a shame because I found out too late that there was a lot more awesome stuff around than I knew about. If you’re in Prague for only a short stay this won’t be as much of a temptation for you, but you still might get a case of the “I’ll do it tomorrows.” Omit this phrase from your vocabulary. Do it now. Who cares if you’re tired? You only live once and this is EUROPE!!!

Prague Tourist Tip #2: It Doesn’t Matter Where You Stay

As long as you’re somewhere safe, it doesn’t matter where you sleep at night. The truth is, if you’re doing things the right way you’ll only be there for 5-8 hours of the day anyways. And during those hours it won’t matter what the place looks like because it’ll be dark and you’ll be unconscious. Go cheap with your accommodations so that you can spend your cash on something else more fun.

Prague Tourist Tip #3: When It Comes to Transportation, Don’t Be a Cheap-o

There are lots of countries in Europe where you can say “pishaw” to buying a transportation pass. Prague isn’t one of those places. Sure if you’d like to save a few bucks it’s possible to walk from point A to point B all day long, but the passes are cheap and they take you EVERYWHERE! Why pinch pennies where there’s no need? This isn’t like Paris or London where the metro lines are cut in zones. One ticket takes you ANYWHERE you want to go. Across town is the same price as two stops away. It’s money well-spent and time well-saved.

Prague Tourist Tip #4: Go Now. Your Wallet Will Thank You!

The Czech Republic goes to the Euro in 2010. Trust me, you want to get there before that happens. Things now are inexpensive and the economy is great over there (unlike here. boo.). Don’t wait for prices to shoot up 200% before you go. If you’re a middle-class joe like me, you can’t afford to wait until later. DO IT NOW!!!

Prague Tourist Tip #5: Talk to the Locals

Czech people are phenominal. They’re some of the smartest and most friendly people I’ve ever met. If you get lost, forget your map. In fact, I recommend leaving that map in your hotel (or hostel, if you take my advice) and relying on the Czech people to be your guide. They love to help. Trust me, I got lost PLENTY! Plus, 9 times out of 10 you’ll get a free tour guide because they’ll tell you all about the thing you’re going to see. It’s a sweet deal.

Prague Tourist Tip #6: Blend In

A tourist who is being blatantly touristy is a very aggravating thing. Don’t block hallways while you’re trying to take a picture. Don’t keep your nose in a map so that you run into people who are trying to get to work. Don’t yell across the street at the other half of your party who crossed before the tram came. Take it easy. As an American living in Prague, there was nothing more embarrassing than seeing a crowd of American tourists screaming and horsing around as the Czech people glared annoyingly at them. Keep in mind that this isn’t a vacation for everybody. Some people are trying to live their lives while you’re clogging corridor.

In my next entry I’ll do an overview of how to get the most out of Prague in a three day visit.

Posted by: LM | May 25, 2008


If you’re not a classical music fan this name might be new to you. I, however, had classical music shoved down my throat for most of my childhood so Dvořák and I are old pals. It doesn’t take much guessing to realize this guy is Czech if you know anything about the Czech alphabet. He lived within the boundaries of the Austrian Empire and the village he was from, Nelahozevas, is very close to present day Prague. He’s definitely one of those Czech big shots that doesn’t get the amount of time in the spotlight that he deserves.

I guess I haven’t really mentioned what this guy is famous for. He was a composer. A pretty genius composer, actually. He wrote operas, symphonies, and choir music. He wrote nine symphonies total (I believe) that are very similar to the style of Beethoven’s, but he was influenced the most by Czech folk music. Interesting for a classical music composer, huh? I think so too. His most famous works are his Slavonic Dances. Really gorgeous stuff. If you have a chance, give them a listen. Some fun facts about Dvořák: he married the sister of a student of his and they had nine children together. He also spent a good deal of his life in America including some time in Iowa in a Czech-speaking community there. Talk about random, right? haha.

Dvořák’s grave is located in the  Vyšehrad cemetery in Prague. I’ll talk more about Vyšehrad in an upcoming entry. That picture up there is one that I actually took. It was pretty cool to visit the final resting place of a composer who’s a personal favorite of mine. I remember walking through the cemetery, not even knowing Dvořák was in there, and stumbling upon it. I thought, “Could this be THE Dvořák? Surely not!” I took a picture of the tomb just to be sure and I asked my boss when I met back up with the group later that day. She told me that yes, that was the actual Dvořák’s tomb. Boy was I glad I took a picture!

This is a youtube video of one of Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances being performed by Yo-Yo Ma. Enjoy!

Posted by: LM | May 22, 2008

Vypálit čarodějnice! (burn the witch)

April 30 is a day celebrated in the Czech Republic that definitely rivals “St. Nicholas Day” for the title of strangest holiday EVER! The background for this holiday started with the legend that said that witches controlled the weather. Back in the day Czechs believed that if the winter lasted a long time it was because the witch of the town was punishing them. This holiday is to honor them so that they will end the winter and bring spring. Just what do they do on “The Day of the Witches”? Well, first they get the older kids in the villiage to make a HUGE PILE of anything flamable. They pile this thing higher than you can even imagine and then at dusk they set it aflame. It’s basically a huge party for no reason at all. Singing, guitars, they even stick sausages into the flaming pile of junk and make a little picnic out of it. When it gets to be dark out they look into the sky hoping to see the face of the witch floating above them. Before this they heave a giant grass-stuffed body (the “witch”) onto the fire pile and watch her burn. Sounds like fun, right?

One of the guys I was in Prague with had a real knack for getting us all into the local culture. Every crazy Czech tradition we heard about he INSISTED that we be a part of. I’m just glad I was gone during Christmas so I didn’t have to watch him whack a fish to death and fry it up for dinner (yes, this IS a Czech Christmas tradition). Andy (that’s his name) decided that čarodějnice (the Czech name for Witches) day would be no exception. We went home that and fashioned our very own witch to burn. Most witches that are burnt for čarodějnice look like the one above. Ours looked like this:

She was made with paper, wrapping paper, old shoes and a mop. Look close and you’ll see that her hair is actually the mop yarn. I made her hat (and mine) out of construction paper. We named her Witchina. The boys bought some lighter fluid and boy did that baby burn.

It’s always fun to learn something new about different cultures in the world. This holiday was great because it was something silly that we could all have fun with together. We burnt Witchina on the shore of a pond near the boys’ flat and then we stood around and watched her burn. It was a fun night. Czechs and their random holidays definitely make me smile. :)

Here’s a video of us burning Witchina:

This trip into “the nature” was special for me for several reasons. First of all, it was my first time in a car since I’d left home about a month and a half before. As much as I do love public transportation, it was great to sit in a car again. The second thing that made this trip special was that I climbed a mountain. Now, if you know me well you know that hiking ranks pretty high on my “most hated things to do” list. I downright loath hiking. I have asthma and I’m not in such great physical shape so hiking for me is… well, it’s painful. I can never breathe right and my legs get that jell-o feeling. It’s just not pleasant. This hike, though, was an exception. I actually really enjoyed myself. I wasn’t told there was going to be a hike, which is probably why I agreed to go. Had I been told that I would be forced to climb a massive mountain I probably would’ve opted out of the entire venture, car ride or not

Ok that might not seem big to you, but that’s after we already hiked half-way up the mountain. Feel sorry for me now? haha. This thing was goglinormous, and I’m not lyin. Just so we’re clear, here’s the view from the top:

That’s a picture of me defying death and sitting on the edge of a mountain. It’s a straight down drop. This cliff isn’t playing. Probably my favorite thing about climbing this mountain was the fact that they actually carved stairs out of the side of it so that tourists (like me) could conveniently ascend the peak and feel good about themselves. I’m as equally unfond of stairs as I am of mountains. As far as I’m concerned, this was no convenience. If they’d installed an escalator maybe I’d have been satisfied.

Svaty Jan Pod Skalou actually is the name of the city that houses this massive mountain. The “St. John” (Svaty Jan) being referred to is the name of the church that’s in the shadow of the cliff. We stopped by there too. We were given a tour by a little old Czech man who explained to us the legend of St. Ivan (whose tomb is below the church) and showed us a painting from the 17th century called “The Revelation of St. John”. A legend associated with this city is the legend of Saint Ivan who was a hermit who lived in a cave near the cliff. According to the legend, St. Ivan chose to live a life of solitude to be better in touch with God. He lived by himself in the cave for 42 years and during that time was repeatedly visited by St. John who would give him revelations. One day the first Czech Christian Duke, Borivoj, met St. Ivan in the woods by his cave and offered to let Ivan live in his castle with him. Ivan refused, but upon his death he wrote to Borivoj that St. John had come to him and revealed that Borivoj would be the one to consecrate the mountain and build a church there. The city also used to be the city of a Benedictine Monastery.

Like so many of my experiences in Prague, it wasn’t necessarily the mountain or the history that made this particular adventure to great. It was really just a beautiful backdrop for the other teacher and I to get some time away from the craziness of our lives and have some fun together. I haven’t climbed a mountain since that day and I probably won’t until unless a gun is held to my temple. Still, jell-o legs are worth a good time with friends and a beautiful view from the top.

I wish I had a video to show you, but none of them are in the right format apparently.

To read more about Svaty Jan Pod Skalou click here.

Posted by: LM | May 19, 2008


That name, Petřín, is a perfect example of the tongue-twister that is the Czech language. I was sitting here trying to explain the sound that little “r” with the háček (that little u on top of the r) would make in English.. truth is, there’s no equivalent. Even if you were sitting here in front of me and I made the sound for you chances are either I’d do it wrong (that’s the most likely) or you wouldn’t be able to imitate it. I got to the point while living there where I’d just make a sound that SOUNDED, to me, like the sound I heard when people would say would like čtyři (four). To summarize my rant, I can’t tell you how to pronounce this. haha. Point made? Anyways… the hill. Petřín is a hill in Prague known for it romantic atmosphere, its historic surroundings, and its miniature of the Eiffel Tower.

The little Eiffel Tower (eifelovka) was put there for a reason that, honestly, I don’t know. I searched all over the internet and found nothing. So… sorry. I’ll tell you what I know. What I know is… well, nothing. I know that there are a lot of stairs, so I never climbed the thing (lazy? ya, I know). I’ve HEARD it’s a great view. I’m sure it is. The view from the hill alone is spectacular. The entire hill is a gorgeous park. There’s actually a Czech holiday some time in the spring involving couples kissing under trees for good luck and a lot of the couples go up and plant their kisses under one of Petřín’s many trees. One of these days I’m going to write a blog specifically about all the crazy holidays I can remember from the CZ because there are a lot. We had a day off of school just about every month for some kind of odd holiday. haha.

You can get up to Petřín in one of two ways. My personal favorite was by taking the little tram up the hill. It’s a sweet ride. It’s essentially a metro car that goes uphill. Most people choose that option. If you buy a transportation pass, the ride up the hill is included. Might as well get your money’s worth, right? haha. Your other option is to hike. I took this route by mistake one time. It was actually rather humiliating. I’d only been to Petřín once before and wanted to take some visiting friends from home up to see the tiny Eiffel Tower. I was sure I knew where the little tram was to take us up the hill. Apparently I didn’t. We ended up walking up the entire hill looking for it and even got lost during our ascension. My fellow travelers and I were tired, sweaty, and rather miffed at the end of the day. We did see Eiffelovka though. So it was… worth it? OH! P.S. Petřín is right across the street from that Bohemia Bagel at the Ujezd tram stop that I mentioned in another entry. So work up an appetite climbing the hill then come on down for a chocolate chip bagel. Mmmm. :)

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