Prague Update by Mei Li Johnson

After an uneventful flight made sweeter by some complementary Swiss chocolate, we arrived here in Prague. Mr. Falk, the high school president and my host dad, met us at the airport. My host family has been so much fun! I have three host siblings, Andrea (16), Mark (14) and Sara (11). I’ve really enjoyed spending time with them and getting to know them.

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So far, we have been to a few tourist sites and attended classes. Our first weekend here, we visited Terezín and Ledice. Although neither of them are cheerful or fun places, the history behind each is meaningful and very powerful. On Monday, we lightened the mood with a trip to the large and impressive Prague Zoo. On Tuesday night, we went to the ballet in the Prague National Theatre. The architecture in that building and in all of Prague is breathtaking. Prague seems to offer an abundance of little excursions, including parks, museums, historical sites and an amazing variety of entertainment.

I’ve been sitting in on art classes, spanish classes, a religious education class, and a math class. Class has been entertaining and fun. The great thing about going to school as a guest is that I get to learn without the stress and strain of grades or tests and quizzes. I’ve also found this to be a very telling experience. The classes I’d like to visit give me an accurate read on which classes I enjoy most.e National Theatre. The architecture in that building and in all of Prague is breathtaking. Prague seems to offer an abundance of little excursions, including parks, museums, historical sites and an amazing variety of entertainment.

So far, I have to say the best part of the trip has been, for me, the international component to the school. Although I am not speaking much Czech because it is a British system, I have met people from all around the world. At Governor’s, we have our international population, but there is a clear distinction between international students and local students. In this school, probably around 75% of the students are international. Accents are not rare; they are part of a person’s identity and go unnoticed. Asking someone where they are from isn’t unusual as the variety of different countries represented is extremely diverse. I’m so excited we have two weeks more to fill with exciting adventures! Even though I am already here, I still cannot believe how lucky I am to have been able to go on this trip.

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