For the last weekend of my IES Abroad trip, my roommates and I took the opportunity to travel to Prague, Czech Republic. We left Friday, July 1, and left Sunday, July 3. Luckily, one of my roommates has a relative in Prague that gave us a place to stay with two adorable cats!
On Friday, we traveled via bus from Vienna to Prague (which was about four hours). As we got into the city, rain started falling on-and-off, so we went to a cafe called CafeDu. This was the cutest coffee shop, with a social eatery with music downstairs and an area upstairs for studying. We spent a couple hours here resting then we met up with my roommate’s relative, who then took us to her apartment. Here, we were greeted by the resident cats Bob and Toto and set our things down before going to the Jewish Quarter. We toured the Pinkas Synagogue, Ceremonial Hall, Spanish Synagogue, and Old Jewish Cemetery. Then we went to an Italian restaurant and finished the night in the rain with a Historic Ghost Tour of Prague, where we learned frightening stories about executioners, hospitals, knights, and more.
On Saturday, the day was much sunnier. We slept in then went to a nearby cafe, where I tried a yummy Czech croissant and had the best iced latte ever. Then my roommates and I walked around a farmers market across the street from our apartment, where my roommate and I got delicious homemade kombucha. After that, we walked the grounds of the Prague Castle, where we saw a live peacock and the end of a mass. We then spent a couple hours in a cafe then walked around the Old Town Square and Palladium Mall. After we had a delicious traditional Prague dinner, we celebrated my roommate’s birthday at the Nightmare Bar, which was themed after classic horror movies.
Sunday, we went to a brunch place called Spizirna 1902 then headed out to the bus station to head back to Vienna. Prague was overall an amazing and beautiful city that was a delight to travel, it was by far the best city I have traveled to during my time in Europe. I can’t wait to visit again!
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Anna Grace Hargett
<p>I am a musician and artist from Birmingham, Alabama, majoring in Flute and Psychology at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music with a minor in Nutrition. In my free time, I enjoy creating visual art and engaging in photography, among other creative pursuits. A fun fact about myself is I am an award-winning cosplayer.</p>