PragueBlog Fall of ’22, Entry 1: A Long and Marvelous Week

29 September 2022
By Andrew Weller '24

Andrew Weller ’24, a Psychology major, is currently studying abroad on the Carleton Cross Cultural Psychology in Prague program. Follow along on their adventures!

Andrew Weller '24

After months of waiting and meticulous packing, we’ve finally arrived in Prague!

Vtlava River
A beautiful view from the banks of the Vtlava River, courtesy of Fátima.

After taking a couple days to muscle through the jetlag and get settled in our apartments, we hit the ground running with a week full of activities. First on the schedule: The scavenger hunt. We took on the challenge of finding objects and sites all across the city over the course of a Saturday afternoon.

Franciscan Gardens
From left to right: Kara, Claudia. Location: The Franciscan Gardens. Activity: Matching the energy of the statues of the saints.
Narrowest Street in Prague
Left to right: Harald (photographer), Catherine, Jing Jing. Location: The narrowest street in Prague. Activity: Resisting claustrophobia.

Fabulous prizes awaited the victors. All in all, we had a fun time learning about the history and culture of the city – as well as how to navigate using the world-class public transit system. (We got a lot of exercise. I clocked in around 25,000 steps!)

Later in the week, we took two guided walking tours in different areas of the city. The first one brought us to, among other places, the Old Town Square:

Old town square
Our group occupies the right 4/5ths of the photo.

The Prague Astronomical Clock can be seen to the left, and the Church of Our Lady Before Týn is on the right. The Clock celebrated its 600th anniversary in 2010; the Church is even older than that.

Our second tour brought us to the northwest corner of the city where we toured the world-renowned Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral:

St Vitus Cathedral
Side view of the St. Vitus Cathedral. I had to crane my neck just to see the top.
group photo at cathedral
Left to right: Tin, Catherine, Stephanie. Location: Just outside the walls surrounding the St. Vitus Cathedral. Activity: Taking in the view. Courtesy of Harald.
Prague
The view that they were taking in.

That’s the end of our adventures so far! Stay tuned for more posts coming soon!