I’m sitting in my room, it’s Sunday night and I’m procrastinating doing my homework. I guess some things don’t change even in Prague. I just enjoyed watching the Patriots beat the Ravens at the same sports bar I’ve been going to each Sunday for the past three weeks. (Did I mention that when the Pats play the Bucs at Wembley in London I’LL BE THERE?! Yeah, three weeks… I couldn’t be more excited) Anyways, after a solid half hour of Facebook creeping I decided the best way to keep procrastinating is to recap my weekend.
My weekends start on Wednesday night when I get out of history class but I talked about Thursday and Friday in my previous post. So that brings me to Saturday. We went to a flea market out in Prague 8 that was far away from the touristy areas, so not as many people spoke English. We knew that would be the case, so the language barrier was more entertaining than frustrating like it could have been. I was legitimately laughing in the face of some of the Czech vendors as we used our fingers to show what price we would pay for all the stuff. They probably thought I was making fun of them as I laughed, but the whole situation was just really funny and I couldn’t help it. I wish someone could have video taped it candidly. I ended up wasting money on a few useless things, some of which already broke. Oh well, it was fun.
After that we took the metro to the Prague Zoo. It was huge. It was nice to feel like we were out of the city for a few hours and be surrounded by animals. When we first got inside the zoo there was a stand covered in signs and dead animal furs that they appeared to be selling. I was so confused when I saw it. Why would they be selling dead animal furs at a zoo? Isn’t that really ironic? I tried to read the signs but the only words I recognized were “is” and “not”. Failure. After a few minutes, we finally realized they were protesting the whole killing animals and selling them for their fur idea. Once the language barrier was conquered, I totally supported the cause and donated a few crowns.
Not for sale
As I was walking around, I realized that last time I had been at a zoo was probably an elementary school field trip. I wish I had paid more attention back then because all of the signs were in Czech, so as I was looking at some of the animals I wasn’t exactly sure what they were. Some looked like a cross between a horse and a donkey, there were lots of species of birds that I didn’t recognize, and we had a five minute debate whether the otters were actually otters or seals. It was a lot of fun though, and I took so many pictures of all of the animals.
Danielle, Sarah, Karen, Maggie and Megan on the chairlift through the zoo
After the zoo, we went to dinner at an authentic Czech restaurant. As embarrassing as it is to admit, its only the second real Czech meal that I’ve had since I’ve been here (the first was fried cheese). The Moravian pork and potato dumplings that I ordered were soo delicious and so filling. I got to use a little bit of the broken Czech that I had learned in language class so that was fun.
On Sunday, I went to a Catholic mass at St. Vitus Cathedral in the castle. The whole thing was in Czech so I didn’t really understand what they were saying, but I’m Catholic so I was able to follow along with the order of the mass. I knew how amazing the cathedral’s architecture was because I had toured it on Friday on our Prague Walk with Z, and the mass was really beautiful. Here is a video I made while inside the cathedral (don’t worry I didn’t take it during mass)…
We spent the afternoon at a fly fishing competition on an island in the middle of the river. We had heard about the festival and just wanted to see what it was all about. Honestly, the competition wasn’t very riveting but they had all sorts of food vendors and music so it was fun to just hang out and enjoy the fall weather.
That brings me back to where I started. Procrastinating at my desk…. story of my college life. I guess now that I have nothing else to say, I should probably do my reading for history class. I could but I could also walk down to the pub in the basement of our dorm (yeah, greatest thing ever) and see if anyone is around…