by Tziona Breitbart
High: Running. Settling in has its ups and downs, but running has been my way of feeling like I am home. Where I live in Prague (the most beautiful city) I have two amazingly gorgeous parks that are great for running. Feeling unsure of the area of where I live, I decided to go running in Letna Park which overlooks the Vltava River and the inner city of Prague. It felt great to go alone as it forced me to recognize where I was and see the surrounding area of where I live. It made me realize how appreciative I am of being here and to have this opportunity. I also went running in Stromovka Park where I found an old bunker which made me realize that history is literally everywhere you turn in Prague. Running has allowed me to feel connected to Prague so very quickly. It is something I can do alone and gives me time to digest everything I have experienced and will experience.
Low: Leaving home. Filled with excitement, nervousness, and fears I stepped onto the plane that would take me to a new country to start my journey. I have never flown alone or been away from my family more than 6 weeks (and that was hard). Leaving behind my family and friends scared me and made me question if going was the right choice at all. I questioned why I was going and if I should leave my life behind for four months. Flying alone was terrifying and it did not help that I happened to be sick. The plane ride felt incredibly long as I could not stop thinking about how sad I was to say goodbye to my family, but I knew deep down that I needed to take this step and experience an opportunity of a lifetime—I just needed to get there first.
Glitter: Recognizing that I will be living in the most beautiful city for four months and experiencing new adventures that will open my eyes to the world. This first week has had its ups and downs, but it has made me realize that this is a chapter of my life that I will never forget. I will see places that I never imagined I would, while living on my own in a historical city. I cannot wait to see the friendships that are formed and the places I learn about in Prague and throughout central Europe. Living in Prague is something I never thought would happen, but now it’s my reality and I would not change that for anything.
Tziona Breitbart is a junior at Smith College. She is studying abroad in Prague, Czech Republic during the 2015 spring semester. She looks forward to exploring the culture and learning about the enriched history of the area. While abroad she will be interning with the Aspen Institute Prague. At Smith she is a history major, concentrating in Russian history, and a community engagement and social change concentrator.