Prague from a Parachute

IMG_0208.jpgHello friends! I recently returned from my weekend trip to Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic. My group left at 1 am Friday morning and took a combination of trains and buses to arrive at 10:30 am. Once there, tired and haggard, we stumbled to our hostel and took a nap. About an hour later, refreshed and ready to conquer the city, we headed to the castle to sight see. Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Central/Eastern Europe, and has seen some incredible history. It used to be a part of the Bohemian Empire, then the Austro-Hungarian Empire, then became Czechoslovakia under German then Soviet influence, and now is its own unified country. The architectural style is very ecclectic and colorful, and the attention to detail is astounding. My favorite part of the city is the Old bridge that spans the Danube River.IMG_0263
After the castle, we walked around a bit more and then sat down to a traditional Czech meal. The food tastes good but is rather heavy, much like German cuisine. A few of us girls enjoyed a nice post-dinner hot chocolate in a cafe, and went to bed fairly early. Saturday morning we woke up and explored the main square, which was brimming with street performers, horse drawn carriages, and vendors. I popped into the Alphonse Mucha art museum, as he is one of my favorite Art Nouveau artists. Then, get ready for it…
I WENT SKY DIVING! We found a brochure for a local sky diving company in our hostel, and booked a last minute reservation for Saturday at noon. They picked us up and we drove out to the country side. The company has several smaller planes, a runway, and restaurant to relax in while you wait…well, as much as you can relax before your impending death. Anyways, we arrived and waited around for a few hours until they were ready to take us up. I donned an attractive red jumpsuit and underwent a training course. My instructor and I mounted the plain and ascended for a good fifteen minutes. Then, he strapped me to himself and jumped out of the plane. We did a back flip in the air and free fell for a minute before pulling the parachute. The next five minutes were incredible! We floated gently above the Czech country side, watching the sunset over Prague in the distance. Then we gently descended to the ground, safe and sound. Unfortunately, I am hooked! My parents wouldn’t be too pleased if this became a new hobby, but am considering jumping again for my birthday in June 🙂
All in all, a great weekend full of new experiences. Traveling is not always pleasure cruise, though, don’t be fooled by all the pretty pictures. For example, the German rail company went on strike this weekend and we were almost stranded. Luckily, we found a bus home, but there was a moment of panic there. Patience is tested and energy is lacking. I want to make sure to include the difficult parts of my experience in this blog, because when I look back on it in the future, I will be reminded that in order to have highs, you must also have lows. This year wouldn’t be so rewarding if it weren’t for all the challenges I have to overcome.

11 thoughts on “Prague from a Parachute

  1. This looks amazing, Micah! I’m so glad you’re having a wonderful time. I’m loving all of the pictures and updates on your adventures! 🙂

  2. Such great experiences and adventures. And I love that you are including the challenges and difficulties — these make the good times that much sweeter, and allow us to appreciate the fullness of your experiences there.

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