It's hard to believe that my program in Geneva/London finally ended.
In some ways it feels like the program lasted forever, mostly because of petty things like girl drama and the last paper that almost killed me. Mostly, though, it felt like it was flying by. It was so tempting (especially when the weather was bad) to sit around all day inside and do nothing. But since I was in two beautiful cities for a month each, I made a point of getting myself up and at least enjoying the neighbourhoods I was in.
All that being said, I'm now in Prague! The Czech Republic is treating us well so far. Most places in the tourist area speak English, the tram system mostly makes sense, and the castle we're staying next to (Prague Castle) is simply magical. Prague looks like something out of a fairytale, particularly because a lot of the buildings are pastel. It makes me think about cake all the time, for some reason.
Today and yesterday was a busy day. Yesterday we went to Prague Castle, which was a very pretty complex with lots of different unique areas. Today we went to the Old Town, which was something out of a picture book. First we went to the St. Nicholas Cathedral, which was in the baroque style and very pretty. We also saw the famous Astronomical Clock and took pictures in front of it. Later we went to the 700-year old Old New Synagogue today, which I couldn't take pictures of but was still an interesting experience. It's amazing to think that it lasted through everything that happened to the Jewish community in the Czech Republic.
This is a really interesting part of Europe and what I think most people think of when they think of a "European City". The area has changed many hands over the years and experienced a communist ruler that wasn't too bad by popular memory, which I think is fascinating. I've been reading history on Wikipedia late into the night and there's just so much to learn!