I haven’t forgotten about SoS!
But I’ve been getting down into my last full semester of school as well as settling into a new apartment, new job… so stationary. I’ve even unpacked my suitcases (though they still function as important decorating elements).
I’m still waiting on things to slow down- finish my applications, final drafts, waiting for my camera to finally be returned to me. So someday soon, I’ll be able to write and photograph with wild abandon.
Soon, so soon.
Guess who’s headed home? See you soon for some travel from home!
Imagine a place where they are always playing your favorite throwback music, the walls are covering in prints and kitsch, and there are students students rolling joints and drinking beers at 11 am on the weekdays.
Imagine when you sit down, they give you your favorite chai latte without ordering, and let you linger for hours over your book or homework. There’s wifi.
Imagine they serve fried cheese on a roll for $2.50. Beer for $1.50.
It exists, and its the greatest place on Earth, or at least in Prague. Alone or with friends, this little cafe by school has become our home base as we struggle through editing drafts, editing work, writing, reading, and selecting negatives. They always great us with a smile, they help us with our Czech, and we make sure to tip well.
On my worst days, where everything seems pretty bleak and spring feels like a distant dream, I stumble in world weary and emerge with a little more faith in humanity. On a particularly bad day, they happened to be playing the entire Simon and Garfunkel discography, and I nearly cried for joy.
The best part is that nearly anytime I go- Sunday afternoon, my brief lunch break on Wednesday- there’s a good friend sitting at one of our usual tables, and I can pull up chair and feel instantly at ease. Conversation or homework, beers or sausage, we are all there for the same reason. It’s good to come home.
Photo courtesy of Claire Voon.
My time is Prague has been all running and no pauses; even the pauses have been full.
Giving myself a chance to slow down during this most unholy of all times, midterms, has been a welcome relief. I bought new toothpaste and soap. I learned to make halusky. I sorted through a enormous backlog of reading I’d been putting off, and stumbled across my Google Reader (RIP) feed for Buenos Aires.
And even though the sun is setting is fire-y array over Prague and I am in the comfort of a wonderful place I love, I have to say it.
Te extraño, Buenos Aires. Te extraño mucho, en todo: el arte del calle, el sol, las empandas y hielo en la tarde. Café and mate en el Bosque. La madrugada antes de dormir en el fin de semana.
I miss it all, and more besides- I really do love BsAs. I loved the slowness of time and feeling of being on the edge of the world. Mostly I loved the potential to be a part of it all, by virtue of the welcome of people and an ease with the language. Speaking the language of the country in which you reside changes everything.
For all the wonder of this semester, last semester I was scaling Machu Picchu, finding the best of friends and encouraged down roads that were entirely new to me, and entirely open. The months were louder and longer and wider. I find myself looking over the horizon to New York, and Prague feels like a working layover more than an exploration. Spring Break is coming, and I’ll have some time alone with Prague- I’m looking forward to it.
Life in Prague is busy, busier than I could have expected, and so different from my life in Buenos Aires. I hit three continents in as many months, which was a lot. I’ve been working most of the time, and travelling when I can.
One of the things I’ve been working hard on is Prague Wandering, which is our campus newspaper of sorts. We rebooted it this year after a hiatus, and the first issue has been published.
So while I haven’t been writing here, I have been writing for PW and editing as well. I definitely recommend you check out the Slav Epic. :P