Day 12: Returning Home

Did this trip met my expectations?

To be honest, I didn’t really have any major expectations for this trip. I knew it would be interesting, and I hoped that it would be inspiring, but I didn’t have any more thoughts on it than that. I don’t think I really had the time to expect anything from it, I was too nervous about the packing and the flying and calling the bank and getting the right money and speaking the language…well, you get the picture.

There were actually a lot of moments for me where I started to regret signing up for this trip, just because I was so stressed about it. I was seriously wondering if it was all worth it.

Then we got to Prague, and it was by far the most beautiful city that I have ever seen. The ornate buildings, the cobblestone streets, just the authenticity of the place. Everything about it just told me that I was meant to be here and that these next two weeks were going to be some of the best of my life.

I don’t think I ever could’ve expected the great friendships that I made, the memories we created, and all the beautiful secrets that this city had to offer. I think I could spend a lifetime in Prague and never fully be able to explore every part of it. I wanted to go into every gallery on the street, every art museum we passed, every cafe where I saw pastries in the window. If I could’ve, I would have done it all. But, there’s only so much time in the day.

So, going forward I’ll take the memories that I had with me on this trip and carry them with me. I’ll always remember climbing Powder Tower with friends at sunset and looking out over the city as it was painted in orange and pink. I’ll remember touring the Mucha Museum and getting to see the amazing work of my favorite artist. I’ll remember getting to see a glimpse of the most beautiful library that I’ve ever seen. I’ll remember spending the last day on a paddleboat in a thunderstorm and making our way back through a monsoon in a desperate attempt to find the hotel.

This trip not only met but exceded every hope and expectation that I had for it. And more than that, it inspired me to go out and see more of the world. When I heard that I could come back and study at the university in Brno, the gears in my head started turning. I could go there, or I could go to Scotland or France or New Zealand, I could go somewhere and just see more and learn more about the world around me. It’s a very big world and I want to explore so much more of it. I hope that I’ll be able to do that someday.

Until then, dobrou noc Prague. I hope we’ll meet again.