Foggy Charles Bridge

Falling for Autumn in the Czech Republic

For my annual trip to the Czech Republic, I decided to extend my stay a bit longer to visit some new (and old) places, but mainly to see all of my friends and “family” there. Along the way, I managed to see a lot of my favorite spots around the country, as well as go to some beautiful places, accentuated by the autum colors, for … Continue reading Falling for Autumn in the Czech Republic

Rose at Auschwitz

Memory: Krakow, Poland

This post is was originally written in February 2012 after one of my first weekend trips to Krakow, Poland, during my study abroad semester in Prague. Thinking back, it may have been the first time when I truly felt the need to write down my thoughts in order to fully make sense of my experience. Upon returning to Prague, I wrote this post in a Word document, … Continue reading Memory: Krakow, Poland

Friends in Prague

Maintaining Optimism

Amidst a flood of metaphorical roadblocks last week my fellow teacher turned to me and commented, “Wow I can’t believe how optimistic you are.” Maybe it’s the tendency for Czechs to be realistic to the point of pessimism, or the American belief in the light at the end of every tunnel, but I think that traveling, especially on your own, takes a great deal of … Continue reading Maintaining Optimism

Znojmo sky

Grappling with Gratitude

While it is definitely still far from being Thanksgiving, I would like to dedicate this post to the amazing things and opportunities thus far in my Fulbright experience.  Several times this week I felt elated and overly happy, yet frustrated with the inability to show proper gratitude for people and things here.  So maybe this may sound like I am bragging, but here are some … Continue reading Grappling with Gratitude

View of Prague

15 Minutes in the Day of Life

My last week at home was definitely jam-packed with spending time with family and friends, a lot of going into NYC, packing, running errands, and making phone calls to friends who were farther away.  I often find that the build up to actually leave to go somewhere almost makes the going part a little relieving in that the stress of preparation is over.  This is … Continue reading 15 Minutes in the Day of Life