Yesterday I arrived in Prague at around 10:15 in the am, which my East Coast/USA brain interpreted as 4:15 in the am. For those of you who are just clocking in, I'm in Prague at one of NYU's many global campuses continuing my studies in music education. My flight out of JFK had about fifteen other NYU students on it, one of whom I was sitting next to on the plane (completely but not at all unpleasantly by accident). We were met at the airport and taken back to our (extremely dope) apartment building, which is called Osadni (creatively named after the street it's located on). Osadni is located in Praha (Praha=Prague in Czech) 7, an area called Holešovice (as far as I can tell this is pronounced something like "whole-a-sho-veet-suh"). My roommate, Bernadette, and I live on the top floor of our building, the fourth floor, although it's actually the fifth floor because in Prague as well as in many other places in Europe the ground floor and the first floor are not created equal. The top/fourth/fifth floor is the one with the (extremely dope) tv lounge, conference/communal living room, balcony, laundry facilities, and practice rooms...and our apartment. Bernadette and I share our kitchen and bathroom with four other girls who live on this floor, but otherwise we're the only ones. Today was our first day of orientation, which mainly consisted of learning about safety and cultural differences in Prague. On a side note, I'm happy to find out that most things are extremely cheap here in Prague. My first shopping trip to stock my kitchen cost me 736 czech crowns, which is equivalent to just over thirty five dollars. Today I bought two small loaves of bread for the equivalent of thirty cents each. Last night the enormous Pilsner Urquells that Bernadette and I got cost 36 czech crowns each, or just shy of two US dollars. In most cases, beer is literally cheaper than water. A much smaller sized brew would have cost probably seven US dollars in any New York City bar. Please enjoy the pictures I've posted below of my experience so far and continue to follow my blog for random tidbits about my travels.
The top left picture here is of the old town square as we can see it from our NYU classroom building. The top right picture is of the NYU main building, male namesti, which is where you can send me mail if you so desire (not to my building). The bottom left picture is a picture of another one of NYU's buildings, from inside the building although this one looks out on the courtyard. The bottom right picture is of that same building's exterior. This building literally used to be a palace.
The left picture is of the "New Town Center," which by new they just mean it's only about six hundred years old. The rightmost picture is of my bedroom. The slanty windows are extremely awesome but can also let in rain in some cases (like last night).
The top two pictures are of my previously mentioned extremely dope kitchen. The botton two pictures are more from Bernadette's and my bedroom. You'll notice in the left picture that there is a functional (we hope) loft.
The left picture is another shot from inside NYU's palace/classroom building's courtyard. The right picture is the ceiling of the room we had our orientation lecture in.