Update!

Hey guys! I just wanted to let you know that I haven’t forgotten about the blog, I’ve just been traveling and its really hard to find time to sit and write a post. I have a bunch of posts planned out on my phone (mostly about my trip, my advice on traveling Europe and things I’ve learned along the way), so when I get back to Glasgow and finish exams they will be going up!
I can’t wait for you guys to read them, but until then check out my YouTube channel where I have vlogs about my trips so far!

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5 Ways to Get Out and Explore Ireland

ISA Study Abroad Student Blog

Clara Duffy is a student at Western Washington University and an ISA Featured Blogger. She is currently studying abroad with ISA in Dublin, Ireland.

If you follow in the footsteps of many previous international students, chances are your weekly schedule will consist of minimal school and as much free time as you can manage. It is so easy to spend that extra exploration and adventure time laying on your bed cuddling your computer. I am telling you, as cozy as it is, the amount of memories you will make out of your bed will make crawling back into it that much sweeter. Here are a couple things that, if you are like me, you will never regret leaving the warmth for:

  1. Howth

If you have ever read about this place in James Joyce’s Ulysses, then seeing its majestic beauty in person will inspire you to capture it…

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6 Things I loved in Prague

I visited Prague this weekend with a friend from Canada, and I loved the city. We were there for 2 days and we crammed so much into the short amount of time that we had, and I thought I would share my thoughts and let you know 6 of my favourite things in Prague!

Saint Vitus Cathedral South Tower (In Prague Castle)

This one is pretty specific. But you can go up the South Tower and get an amazing 360 degree view of the city. Honestly, the rest of the castle was not that amazing. We went into the main cathedral area, which is mostly just a giant storage room for old art with cool stain glass windows. The basilica was also a little bit of a let down. We waited for half an hour, and we aren’t even sure what we waited for because there were only a few things to see and they had no descriptions.

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But the tower is worth it. It’s a separate ticket (150 crowns) you can buy right in the lobby. Be prepared, there are 287 stairs to climb. It’s a lot and it’s a spiral so you get dizzy real fast. But when you get to the top and look out over the city, you forget all of that.

Charles Bridge

View of the bridge from the South Tower

View of the bridge from the South Tower

This is a must see when you come to Prague. I think it’s on every list of Prague attractions I’ve ever seen. There are statues all along the bridge, and while some of them are creepy, they are really well done. By itself, the bridge is basically just a large pedestrian bridge, but the atmosphere is great. It was really crowded when we went, but there are vendors selling homemade trinkets, artists who have paintings of the city and even caricature artists who will draw you and your friends. It’s a really lively part of the city and one time while we were there, there was live music!

Vaclauske Namesti (One of the main roads in the city)

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Honestly, I don’t have a clue what this means, how to pronounce it or even all the accents that go on it. But this is a main road that leads from a few museums up at the top (right by the train station) and leads to the old town square. There are a few tourist places, but a lot of shops for the locals. This is definitely an area where locals and tourists are about equal in number. This road also had some Easter Market stalls along it, but the main market is in the old town square.

Astronomical Clock

Our view of the city!

Our view of the city!

This was the highlight of the Old Town Square for me. If you get a chance, read up on the history behind it. We went up the clock before we did the South Tower, and while it’s not as high, this was a really unique view. From this tower, we could see exactly where we started our day and where we were headed to on the other side. It looked like such a huge distance. We could also look down on the square and the Easter market and see everything going on.

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Meet Burger

This is where we ate lunch the first day, and I was really impressed with the quality and the location of this place. The service wasn’t fantastic, but this is located right between the old town square and the main road. The amount of food we got was really good considering it was pretty cheap (I got a hamburger, a bread basket and a brownie for about 550 crowns). There was a ton of food, I’m not sure how we finished it.

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Trdelniks

Do not ask me how to pronounce this. But this was one of the best things I have ever eaten. It’s a classic street food in Czech, there were more stalls selling this than there are Tim Horton’s in a neighbourhood. It’s basically snakes of dough that get wrapped around a heated rod and covered in cinnamon and sugar. Similar to a Beavertail in Canada! We ended up finding a booth that covered the inside with Nutella. Magical.

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There were so many things we did in Prague, and it was just so gorgeous, the pictures don’t do it justice. Prague is such a fabulous city and I would recommend it to anyone.