Well here is my last blog about my time studying abroad in Europe. I have experienced so many things in the last ten and half weeks and I have come to understand so many things on a deeper level. Studying in Europe during this short time has taught me more about life and people than the three and half years of studying back at Kearney. We finished up classes a little over a week ago and this week our group has started to go our separate ways on some last personal excursions before we make our way back home to Nebraska. For this blog post I will go over our final field trip that occurred last week.
For our final field trip we went to several cities on the eastern side of the Czech Republic in the Bohemian region. The first town we stayed at was Litomyšl which has a population around 10,000 people. It was nice to visit such a small, less touristy city. We took a tour of the city where we went through a castle, a beautiful church, and a town square that is the second longest town square in the Czech Republic. It was so nice to just relax with our group and enjoy the wonderful spring weather.
The next city we stopped at was Kutná Hora were we visited the “Bone Church”, the silver mines, and St. Barbara’s Cathedral. The “Bone Church” is a small church that is decorated with thousands of human bones. The reason it is decorated like this is to remind the parishoners of their mortality and it was a haunting yet beautiful church. The silver mines were a completely different experience than the salt mine we toured in Poland. We all had to wear white jackets along with hard hats. The mine was very damp, and cramped. We also learned about what they did to mine silver and how dangerous of a job it was. At the peak of their mining, Kutná Hora was one of the richest cities in Europe. St. Barbara’s church was built during the silver boom and it was quite breathtaking.
For the next part of our field trip we traveled to Český Krumlov and along the way we stopped in České Budéjovice. At this stop we toured the Budweiser Budvar brewery. We got to see how they brew their beer along with tasting some of their beer which has been maturing since February 14th. It was a lot of fun and definitely refreshing.
After our stop we made it to Český Krumlov which is a very small town in the southern part of Bohemia and it was surprisingly quite touristy. We even met some fellow Nebraskans that were visiting because their ancestors had immigrated to the United States from the Czech Republic. Here we toured a castle, a theater, and went on a rafting trip. The castle was unique because a majority of the items there were still in the same places when they were in use. Along with that the moat of the castle still has a couple live bears in it, which makes it one of the last castles that still have bears guarding it. The theater we visited was still very much in its original state and our tour guide told us that they had a large amount of the original costumes, stage sets, and music they used for the plays. On our last day in this city we went on a rafting trip down the river. It was one of my favorite things because it was very similar to the tanking trips we go on back at home. We took some Czech beer with us and spent several hours on the river. The river scenery was beautiful and once we made it back our whole group went out to eat. Most of the restaurants in the town served traditional Czech cuisine which was all very good.
After Český Krumlov we left for Olomouc where we said our final goodbyes to our group and to our program directors. Something I took away from this trip is that the Czech Republic is an incredible country. The cities we visited each had their own interesting history and unique feel. In my opinion the Czech Republic is one of the most underrated countries to visit and I am glad I got the opportunity to study here. Thank you for taking the time to read these blogs and I hope you enjoyed reading about my adventures. This is my last blog post, so please don’t expect one next week. If you see me back in Nebraska don’t hesitate to ask me about my trip because I will be more than happy to talk to you about it. That’s all for now, see you all back in the States and na shledanou.
Thank you once again!