Intro to Prague

9-3-2019

Dear Andie,

I hope you are having a great start to your fall semester. I miss you and Madison while try to make the best of my time here. So far, the past two weeks have been amazing. I am not nearly as overwhelmed as I was expecting. Not having to struggle with culture shock has proved to be the biggest advantage imaginable. I understand the public transportation, can manage the language to ask for help or offer it, and it was much easier to gain my geographical footing in Prague. I am so thankful for the smooth transition.

Currently, I am sitting in a café a block from my beautiful apartment with my new friend Lilith. In this short time, I have met some amazing people with such different backgrounds. I have also had the opportunity to reconnect with two Czech students from my exchange. I will give you a brief overview of these stunning people. Lilith is in the Jewish Studies program within CET. She is who I confide in with problems ranging from my anxiety about meeting so many new people to if my black shoes look good with the rest of my black outfit. Honestly, you would love her. One of my roommate’s name is Eliza, she talks more than me if you can believe it. She’s what one would call a free spirit. We are so different in all of the ways, but she is too kind or too bubbly to every get irritated with. We live with a Czech roommate. Her name is Anna. She is also unbelievable. She is 25 so a bit older. I call her maminko (mom) and she calls us her děti (children). Anna studies law and psychology and works for a law office. She is so sweet and funny, and we have wonderful morning talks because we are both early risers. There are so many people that I have met that deserve and introduction, but I think that will come with time. I seriously feel so honored that I have befriended such wonderful people.

Our first day of classes started yesterday, I had Czech Language, International Marketing and Central European Film. I don’t have much to say about it because it was only the first day but I will definitely keep you updated.

Let’s get to the meat of this letter. So, Martin is the one of the best friends I made while on exchange in Brno 3 years ago. He came and visited me for a night on Sunday and it was so amazing to see him after so long. He had grown so much, and it took me by surprise. I was afraid that we would feel distant or at least different since so much time had passed during such times of growth in our lives…if that makes any sense. However, it was as if no time had passed and our laughter and conversation reminded me or even exposed to me what an impact he had on my year. I will forever be grateful for his friendship and kindness when I was at my most vulnerable. I know that this is cheesy but it’s really hard to put into words. I feel like he saved me.

Ill end on a lighter note. Last weekend I went to Česky Krumlov, a beautiful renaissance town surrounded by a river with a castle. It was unbelievably beautify and I put pictures on my Instagram if you want to see (taylor.eilers). I always like to be in amazing places with amazing people, so it was wonderful that everyone in the program was there. We did many tours during the day and at night we drank wine on the riverbed and then went dancing in the one and only club. Please let me know if you have any questions because otherwise I’ll just keep talking about myself.

With much love,

Tay