Sanoor, Outbound to Czechia

Ahoj a vítejte na mém deníku! Hello and welcome to my journal! I have spent over 60 days in Prague, Czechia so far and in that time it feels like there are an infinite number of events that have occurred worth sharing here. I have gone on trips to: castles (castles, and more castles), a military plane manufacturing company, a nuclear power plant, Vienna, Slovakia and an uncountable number of places within Prague itself. I will use the attached photos to share some of the information about my trips and I will reserve the rest of this journal for things just about m day to day life.

During the weekdays I have school (surprise). The classes I take are Math, Czech language, Czech literature, History, Philosophy and English. This is abnormal for most exchange students and Czech students themselves. The Czech high school system normal has around 10-16 classes that the student will take through the course of the week. Due to the fact that I attend a Czech-German school my schedule had to be altered. My school does not have a cafeteria and so my host mom packs me huge amounts of food every morning. Normally I will eat bread with jam or butter for breakfast and a couple sandwiches for lunch (also the dairy products here are fantastic). After school on Tuesdays I have dance classes, which is a tradition for most Czech students to do with their graduating classmates. On Mondays and Thursdays I have Czech language lessons with the other 10 exchange students in Prague. After these activities or in my free time, I enjoy going out into the city with either my classmates or fellow exchange students. There are a huge amount of small hidden cafes and restaurants that are so fun to find by random chance when you are wandering around the city center. Prague also has many art galleries, exhibitions and events. The first week I was here we went to a French impressionist gallery with works by artists including Monet.

Now for food, although I mentioned what I eat for breakfast and on school days, that is not a true representation of what Czech food is. Czech food is great. Most meals will consist of some kind of meat, some kind of sauce, and some kind of dumpling. I had pheasant for the first time last week and it was terrific. Although I miss eating spicy food at times I really enjoy trying new foods and have yet to be disappointed. My favorite meal here is called Svíčková. It is comprised of bread dumplings, beef and a vegetable sauce, it is served with whipped cream, cranberries and a slice of lemon. When eating Svíčková (and most Czech food), you are supposed to get equal portions of dumpling, sauce and meat on your fork for every bite. This was very challenging at first and I would always be eating long after other Czechs were done with their meals. Over time however, I can tell that my skill with a fork and knife are improving. Another thing to note is that Czech people eat much more than people in the US from what I have observed. It is common for Czech students to eat two lunches, one in between the second and third class when there is a longer break and one during the actual lunch break time.

The final thing I wanted to mention was the language. Put simply: Czech is hard. Because I am in the capital City of Prague, most of my classmates and strangers speak English and are constantly attempting to speak with me in English which makes learning Czech even harder. For future exchange student considering coming to the Czech republic, it is great and 100% worth it, but it is vital that you put as much effort as you can into learning the language or else you will be struggling through your whole exchange year.

Na shledanou,

-Sanoor Pradhan

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