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Written on: Thursday May 24th, 2007

A journal entry from: Rouen Exchange

Of the four cities I stopped at, Prague was my favourite.  We arrived later in the day so did a night walking tour.  Prague really is beautiful at night.  First thing, I got a beer to take along on the tour.  For only 1 euro, I got a big cup of Budweiser (which is apparently from Prague, or something like that).  We got to the old square just in time to see the astrological clock strike.  There is a skeleton who pulls the cord (signaling it?s time for the prisoner to go to their death).  The figure beside the skeleton shakes their head because they don?t want to die.  Vanity is also portrayed by a person looking into a mirror.  Above the close two doors open and, like a coocoo clock, the 12 apostles rotate through. 

An interesting fact that my tour guide informed us of is that Mission Impossible was filmed in Prague (the bridge Tom Cruise jumps off is the Charles Bridge) so now I want to re-watch that movie. 

We found a great bar the night with live music ? by a band that sang English songs.  Too bad the metro stopped at midnight so I didn?t stay for all their sets.

After a nice sleep in, Janice and I went into town (our hotel had a very bad location).  We walked to the Charles Bridge to get some daylight pictures, doing some shopping on our way there.  After crossing the bridge, we entered the castle district.  It was quite a walk up to the top of the hill where the castle was.  Once there, we watched the changing of the guards (which happens every hour) and were able to climb the church tower to get some great views of the city.  The rest of the day was spent wandering the streets and taking it all in. 

When applying for exchange, the University in Prague was my second choice.  After visiting, I almost wish that I had gone.  Its an amazing city and everything was extremely cheap.  (I would say Prague was the cheapest of all our stops).  But I still think I made the right choice in Rouen.  Paris is city with so much going on and, even though I didn?t speak it as much as I would have liked, I was still able to improve my French.