Na Shledanou, Praha
I can’t believe today is the day I’m leaving Prague after four months. It went by so quickly it feels like a blur. Saying goodbye to all my friends was hard, but saying goodbye to the city was harder. I know I’ll be able to visit everyone at their various colleges next semester, and some I’ll see at New Paltz in the spring, but who knows when I’ll make it back to visit Prague. I woke up early this morning to walk through the castle, over the Charles Bridge and over to Old Town Square before catching Tram 22 home for the last time. It’s such a bittersweet feeling. I know I’m so lucky to have been able to experience everything I did these past few months, and to have met all these amazing people, but I never planned on it being this hard to say “na shledanou.”
I don’t want to leave, but there are definitely some things I am looking forward to about being home again. I’m excited to see my friends and family, and sleep in my own bed, for free water at restaurants and public bathrooms that don’t cost money to use, to eat Panera mac and cheese, and make Christmas cookies, even though it will already by January, and then to finally go back to New Paltz in less than a month. There’s a lot that I am happy to be able to do again, but there’s even more that I’ll miss. I’ll miss walking down the cobblestoned streets on my way to class, always being surrounded by other languages and cultures, living in a city filled with history, and having something new to do each day. Living in Prague was an unforgettable experience for me, and it’s one that I can’t really describe. In four months, I made countless new friends, learned a new language and travelled to seven new countries. So even though I’m sad to leave, I’m incredibly happy thinking of all the memories.
Even though I left Prague today, I have two more weeks before I have to say goodbye to Europe. My sisters have been in Prague for the past three days, and today we’re meeting our parents in Munich, spending Christmas in Salzburg, and finally New Years in Paris before flying home. It should be an awesome vacation and it will be fun to have a few more weeks in Europe without the stress of school to worry about. After that, it’ll be back to good ‘ole America!