I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my time here and how fast it’s going by and it’s starting to freak me out a little. I figured writing my thoughts down in words would help me– so, it’s reflection time.
When I think back to the first couple of weeks here, it’s all a blur. I really have no perception of time or the sequence of events; things that seemed to have happened a while into my stay actually happened within the first few days, and things that happened within the first few days are all just a clump of memory that I have a hard time sorting through and separating. It makes me wish I had written down my feelings on a daily basis for those first couple of weeks so that I could remember the little details. I remember the first few days of orientation, with the constant “nice to meet you”s and “what school do you go to?” introductions. I remember one day CIEE gave us each an individual box of pizza for lunch and we were all bewildered by the fact that they gave us so much food. I think if you combined the leftovers from that day you could make about 100 whole pizzas. So wasteful…
Anyway, it’s weird to think that even though the beginning of the program was only a couple months ago, it seems like so much time has passed. And yet, it also feels like no time has passed at all. It has gone by so quickly. I’ve tried, truly tried, to go through every day and remind myself to live in each moment and cherish everything that I experience. I did not want to come here and just go through the motions of everyday life and let it pass me by without really stopping and living in the present. However, no matter how hard I try to grasp all the moments and memories, it seems almost impossible to not feel like time is slipping through my fingers.
It’s also weird how smooth the transition from State College life to Prague life was. Maybe it’s because I’ve already had the experience of moving to a new city, but I really didn’t have much trouble adjusting. The only major, tangible difference was the “European-ness” of Prague, with its rich history and architecture. The other thing would also be its communist past. This is definitely something that I think about on a daily basis and something that I’m continually learning more about.
As I enter the last month and a half of my time here, I really think it’s important to seize every opportunity that arises and not stress so much about the little things. I’m going to try harder to worry less about sticking to the schedule I’ve set for myself (I make myself a schedule everyday to make sure I finish all the work I need to get done) and just let myself do things as I please (to a certain extent). If I see a cute cafe on the street, I’m going to walk in and have a little snack. If someone wants to see a different part of the city one day, I’m going to join them. This is the only time in my life that I have the luxury to do whatever I want in a new country with new friends with endless possibilities for memories. As cliche as this all sounds, I feel like it’s necessary to think about and realize.
On another note, I’m going to be away again this weekend for an overnight trip to Zlin for my Czech Cinema class. Zlin is in the Moravian part of the Czech Republic. We’ll have an animation workshop at a local university, visit a wine cellar for wine tasting (hooray!), explore some caves and there is a boat ride, too! It sounds like a fun trip and this is definitely one of those things I would not have experienced otherwise, so I’m excited.
I’ve also decided to make a google map and pin all the restaurants/clubs/cafes I’ve been to and include little reviews to go along with them. I figured this would be helpful for anyone coming to Prague in the future. I’ll probably post that later next month since it’s kind of a big project (and I still have many more places to visit).
And finally: I was offered an internship at BrandLink DC today! I’m really excited about it, 1. because it’s a PR company and I really wanted to intern at a PR company this summer, and 2. because I was starting to freak out about my summer and the possibility of not having an internship at all. I still haven’t accepted the offer but it’s a really good feeling to know that I have something set up for the summer. I can even post a status on Facebook about it if I want to! So many likes! Instant gratification!
Well, this concludes my little reflection of a post (along with irrelevant updates). Only 6 more weeks to soak it all in! Wish me luck.