In just hours, the sounds of the astronomical clock turned into the sounds of glass shattering – and she guided us through it all.

Jet lag and all, we have arrived! Although I didn’t sleep a wink on my first international flight, I got to see a sunrise while flying over the Atlantic. From the long day of travel it took to get here alone, I can tell this is going to be an amazing group of people to share this experience with. It’s amusing how well we all click after only 3 weeks of class together.

One member of our group is someone who we’ve known for only one day – executive assistant to the Anglo-American University president and our superwoman today, Bibiana Hakosova.

Bibiana Hakosova took the Modern Media and Democracy class on a tour of Old Town on their first day in Prague. Bibiana is the executive assistant to the Anglo-American University President.

Bibiana Hakosova took the Modern Media and Democracy class on a tour of Old Town on their first day in Prague. Bibiana is the executive assistant to the Anglo-American University President.

Since her welcoming greeting at the airport, Bibiana has gone above and beyond to help us get settled. Booking rides and reservations for us as well as giving us a personal guided tour of Old Town understate her hospitality.

The class stared wide-eyed at the beautiful sites in the Czech Republic’s capital this afternoon, with Bibiana leading the way. The walking tour through the city led us into Old Town Square, where we took plenty of pictures and watched the Astronomical Clock perform on the hour.

After seeing the clock in action, Bibiana took the class to a terrace rooftop lunch, where we ate our first Czech meal. It was on that rooftop when the skies began turning gray and the rain started sprinkling in.

The restaurant we had our first Czech meal at is called Hotel U Prince. The class enjoyed various dishes on a rooftop terrace that overlooked the city.

The restaurant we had our first Czech meal at is called Hotel U Prince. The class enjoyed various dishes on a rooftop terrace that overlooked the city.

As the rain grew heavier, Bibiana led the wet crew through the streets of Prague en route back to the hotel. The rain started pouring even harder and the wind blew wildly. This was a complete 180 from the beautiful, sunny, 90 degree weather just hours earlier. The storm became so bad, that the class was forced to duck into shelter for safety. Bibiana ran out into the storm to find shelter as the rest of us took refuge under a small, covered area of the street.

The class was making the best of the situation.

In the midst of the storm, the students had smiles on their faces. Attempting to stay dry, we hid under a covered area of the street until it was safe to find shelter.

In the midst of the storm, the students had smiles on their faces. Attempting to stay dry, we hid under a covered area of the street until it was safe to find shelter.

But it was all fun and games (as fun as being stuck in a storm can be) until windows began shattering. One in fact, crashed down on Bibiana as she attempted to make her way back to us. Just after, the class screamed at the sound of a window crashing down on the other side of the covered area. Although Bibiana was not seriously injured, the brave woman sure had some cuts. With battle scars and all, Bibiana hurried us to shelter and safely returned us home.

Most of us had a little too much fun running across the Charles Bridge in the pouring down rain.

The students running across the usually crowded Charles Bridge in the pouring rain. Student Leah Heiser said it was a liberating experience.

The students running across the usually crowded Charles Bridge in the pouring rain. Student Leah Heiser said it was a liberating experience.

You may have been surprised if you were there to hear things like, “THIS IS LIBERATING,” and other positive comments from the students running through the downpour. Aside from Bibiana’s injuries, we all had to admit, the unexpected storm was a little exciting.

But the whole point of my first post is to thank Bibiana for everything she did for us today and in preparation for our visit. Not only is she a gracious host who made our first day unforgettable, but she continued to hunt for a taxi or find the fastest directions to get us home, selflessly ignoring her scrapes and scares from the glass just minutes prior. She is a champ, and we couldn’t ask for anyone better to help us explore this new city for the first time!

Until next time, ahoj!

Kaitlynn

 

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