Hi! My name is Sam, and I am a junior at Emory University studying Economics and Mathematics. Currently, I am abroad in Prague, Czech Republic on a CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange) program. Throughout the semester I will be sharing my personal experiences with academics in a new setting, the amazing sights Prague offers, cultural differences between Americans and Europeans, and my travels to other countries throughout Europe. Feel free to follow along with my posts on Twitter using the hashtag #SamAbroad.
Since I updated you last time about my first few days in Prague, I have visited Split, Croatia, and classes have started. My weekend trip was my first time leaving the Czech Republic since I have arrived here, so I thought it would be smart to book my trip through a travel company. This way, I did not have to research ways of getting to Croatia, staying accommodations, or activities for when I arrived. While going with a group tour was useful in many ways, I also found that it was hard for the guides to enforce our schedule, which often led to wasted time. For my future weekend trips, I will definitely plan my transportation and itineraries individually. It is definitely key to book trips in advance so that your plans are cheap and convenient.
Though, my Croatian vacation was still awesome! The highlights were taking a boat ride on the Adriatic Sea for lunch and some swimming, touring historical palaces, and devouring Croatia’s culinary delicacies, fresh seafood and homemade pizza. While I stayed in Split, I was able to tour other parts of Croatia, including Brac Island, Trogir, and Krka National park.
After my adventurous weekend, it was time to start my first week of classes. Throughout the semester I am excited to learn more about Prague’s culture and history. Specifically, I will be studying Europe’s economic systems, the Czech Republic’s art and architecture, and the Czech language. Luckily, I do not have classes on Fridays, which means I have more time to travel throughout Europe. Next time you hear from me I will tell you all about my upcoming trip to Rome!