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HC Abroad: Palaces, Pastries, and Parties in Prague

Happy Thursday Collegiettes! What have you been up to so far this week? My Mom arrived in London on Tuesday so I’ve been spending the past few days sightseeing with her. Yesterday we walked around the city and checked out Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, and the Tate Modern (pictures/details to come in next Thursday’s post). I’m so happy to have my Mom in town and I can’t wait to take her to all of my favorite local spots!!

As for this past weekend, I took off on another European adventure and flew over to Prague to visit my friend, Sarah, who is a student at Middlebury spending the semester studying abroad in the Czech Republic! I haven’t seen Sarah in almost two years so having time to catch up with her while exploring the beautiful city of Prague was a very special treat!
 

 (Sarah and I on the Charles Bridge)

We spent all day Friday with her classmates and program leaders touring Litomerice, a small Czech town about 45 minutes outside of Prague. Our tour of Litomerice included a guided walking tour, a hearty lunch, a visit to a historic palace, and a cozy wine tasting to polish off the day. After a long day of walking, we arrived back in Prague and got ready to spend the night on the town! We ended up at a nightclub only a few feet from Sarah’s apartment that played 80’s and 90’s music all night long! Can you imagine a better way to spend the night than dancing to classics from our childhood?! Naturally, the night came to an end with a pit stop at the sausage stand outside of Sarah’s apartment … Oops!
 

(Back entrance of palace in Litomerice)

After spending much of Saturday morning lounging around the apartment, Sarah and I got our act together and headed to Old Town, the historic neighborhood of Prague, to grab a bite to eat and check out the sights. We spent the afternoon walking across the Charles Bridge, taking pictures in front of the Lennon Wall, snacking on spiced nuts from the central market, and observing the beautiful view of Prague’s red roofs from the top of the Old Town Hall Tower. While the sights were absolutely breathtaking, I must admit that my favorite part of the day was probably our lunch break at Bakeshop, an amazing café tucked behind the center of Old Town. Sarah and I each ordered a cup of the Caribbean Pumpkin soup and split a croissant baked with apple slices and brie. It was out of this world!!
 

(Lennon Wall)

We woke up extra early Sunday morning to make sure we had time to check out Prague’s Jewish Quarter and grab an afternoon coffee and treat at the Bakeshop before I had to run off to the airport to catch my flight … The Jewish Cemetery was truly breathtaking … Sarah and I had a hard time wrapping our heads around the immeasurable number of tombstones that had been packed into such a confined space. We were amazed by the beauty of the various synagogues surrounding the cemetery as well as the Hebrew writings engraved on each tombstone. It was truly a sight to be seen!!

 (Jewish Cemetery)

Sadly, my weekend in Prague had to come to an end eventually … But not before one last stop at Bakeshop for hot chocolate, tea, and a few pastries!!

(Bakeshop)

That’s it for now Collegiettes! Have a great weekend and make sure to check back next Thursday to hear about my week spent showing my mom around the beautiful city of London!!

Love,
Marissa

 
P.S. Have you ever been to Prague? If so, what was your favorite part?

Marissa Irwin is a junior in the Carroll School of Management at Boston College pursing a degree in Finance. Although born and raised in Branford, Connecticut, Marissa prefers the city lifestyle and is now living in Boston while interning for a fellow MassChallenge startup company, Day2Night Convertible Heels. When she isn't in class or at the office, Marissa can be found tweeting, blogging, or people watching at Starbucks. She's passionate about running, traveling, learning, and eating at every restaurant in town!
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