So, as some of you may have already known, i am studying in Europe,
specifically Nymburk, Czech Republic, for the second semester of my
junior year of high school. I brought with me everything that i
needed, like computer, all my clothes, skis, music, the usual. I will
be updating this blog relatively often just documenting what life is
like out here for everyone to see. This being the first one, it will
have a bunch of pictures and commentary on the trip out here and
I know this is a really stupid picture but i took it so all you guys
could sort of see what i look like, even though i look like an idiot
and im not even looking at the camera.
Anyway, it was a total 24 hour trip to get out here to Europe. I flew
from Albuquerque to Washington DC. Then i had a 2 hour layover in DC
where i downed a meatball sub and got some sleep. Then we proceeded to
fly to Frankfurt Germany. This portion of the trip was 8 hours in the
air. We flew on a 747 jet, which by the way is HUGE. It was by far
the biggest plane ive ever been on and Ive ridden quite a few
airplanes. As some of you know it has a second level up top which is
really sick. Here is a picture of just the wing.
This picture doesnt do it any justice as to just how big it is. Then i
had to be an idiot and take a picture of inside the plane too because
that was giant as well, and by that i mean that you could easily park
three cars side by side in it. Id go as far to say that it was bigger
than my 3 car garage.
So then in Frankfurt, we only had about 45 minutes to get to our flight
to Prague. We nearly didnt make it because all the way there i had my
skateboard in my hand and just carried it on the plane but they wouldnt
let me go through because they said i would have to go back and check
it for some reason. Now i dont speak German so i was pissed but we
got it straighted out that i could check it at the gate. Then they
wouldnt let me go through because they thought my crochet hooks and
skateboard bearings were weapons so i had to try to explain to them
what they were, again which we managed to get straightened out. Whats
wierd about Europe is that it can be horrible weather on the ground,
but when you get above the clouds, its amazing. Check it out/
So from there it was all good, we got picked up from the Prague airport
and off to Nymburk we went. I had lived in Nymburk for a summer when i
was 13 so it was all coming back to be very familiar. This is where i
am living for the next 5 months.
The family im staying with is awesome. They have three kids, one who
is 17 (Filip) who i go to school with, one who is 16 (Matous) who i
also go to school with but is two grades younger (i'll explain) and one
who is 3 and a half, who has the same name as me, Pavel, which he
thinks is awesome so ive made a little friend here too. He's pimp.
The older one plays in a funky rock type band. I am sitting in as
their guitarist for the next couple months. They are a really good
band, lots of talent and potential. The pianist is by far the best
pianist i have ever heard in my life. Here is a picture, you cant see
the kid im staying with or me so its retarded i know.
One other thing that we spend all our time doing is what they call
here, Diabolos. i dont even know what they are called in America but
its addicting and awesome. Here Matous is killing it. He is amazing
Matous also skateboards which is legit, so we go skate everyday. Here
there is a huge stereotype against skateboarders and people who look
like myself as in sagged pants, flat brim hat, baggy hoodie. People
here hate hiphop for the most part so i dont really fit it in but i
dont care, and Matous doesnt either so its legit it to kick it with
him. There are some little miniramps here that we shredded. Here are
I got the hang of it eventually.
So then i went into Prague and played tourist for a day. EVERYONE here
rides the train which is pretty sick. I figured i would take a picture
for you guys.
Prague is a beautiful city. There is a ton of history here so you can
see buildings that are upwards of a thousand years old, castles, take a
ride on a boat, you name it. It does seem a little worn out though.
Without any exaggeration AT ALL, about every ten feet here the is some
poorly done tag or bad attempt at a piece of graffitti. Its really sad
that it got to be such a big problem here but you really come to
appreciate the good graff. Writers like SUGR and EMO put up nice
pieces every now then but crappy tags and random vandalism is mainly
what prevails and really brings down the city. Here are some pictures
that i have so you all can see.
This is inside one of the museums.
sorry that this one is sideways
School is something totally different than we have over there in the
USA. For one, you have to change shoes once you get there to keep it
clean. It is a totally open campus and by that i mean completely. You
can leave or come or do anything you want whenever you want, it is ALL
up to you, which is pretty tight and i think works much better than
having a cop and like 5 security guards patrolling at all times like i
had back home. There are also 9 classes and your schedule changes
everyday and repeats weekly, so every day i go to different classes in
different classrooms. Every week it repeats. Two days a week i go to
school from 7:45 to 3:45. Two days a week i go from 7:45 to like
1:30ish. One day i week i go from 7:45 to about 12:30. The classes
are very different also. There is a lot more independence and more
like college im guessing because the teachers dont really care if you
listen or not or even what you do. They have a schedule that they
follow so they teach the material and expect you to pay attention but
its up to you. There isnt really homework either, its just up to you
to know the material when the time comes to get tested on it. Its been
really hard for me because i still cant understand and or speak czech
very well. I am about at the level of a 12 year old but im going to
school for a 17 year old. They also have 13 grades here so i am only
16 and an 11th grader but here i am in 12th grade with 17 and 18 year
olds just because we are both 1 year from graduating. Thats how Matous
can be the same age as me but two grades below me.
so thats all for now is guess, pretty long but i will be updating again
with more adventures and less talk. This is just the first one so dont
worry. Tak ze uz mam hlat a mama vola na jidlo tak skoncu. Mej se