First Prague, then Munich, then Home

Window decoration from one of the many, many chocolate shops in Prague.  Not that we have eaten at all of these places, mind you...

Window decoration from one of the many, many chocolate shops in Prague. Not that we have eaten at all of these places, mind you…

I have put off writing a post over the last week. Partly because as our trip winds down I feel an increasing need to try and make our last days in Europe as worthwhile as possible: “No time to write, I’m afraid! I gotta go see X, Y and Z! And explore A, B and C! And eat L, M, N, O and P!”

A life-size lady made entirely of marzipan!  Delish!

A life-sizestatue made entirely of marzipan. Weird yet wonderful in its own right.

A second factor in not blogging has to do with what we focused on while in Hungary and Poland. Although there were a number of fun and quirky things I saw during our time in Budapest and Krakow (Krakow’s Marzipan Museum was hilarious), we spent much of our time visiting more somber exhibits and sites that focused on the Holocaust and post WWII-era Communist history. Since the early days of planning this trip, Thomas and I had talked about visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau when we went to Poland, and we did this last Wednesday. I took no pictures during our time there, and I had no inclination to write about what I saw in the first days that followed. I still don’t. This last week was perhaps the most personal of this trip, and I am holding my experience close to the breast for now.

Municipal House Hall, Prague.

Front of the Municipal House Hall.

We are now in Prague, which is quite a stunning city to explore. We wandered through Old Town yesterday, visited the Franz Kafka Museum and braved the tourist crowds that gathered on the Charles Bridge. Today we toured the Jewish Quarter of Prague and then saw an incredible exhibit on the Art Nouveau period that had just opened at the Municipal House Hall.

A stained glass window from the Art Nouveau exhibit.

A stained glass window from the Art Nouveau exhibit.

We will stay in Prague until Tuesday, and then head on to Munich for two days. And then we fly home. It’s strange to approach the end of our trip. I have enjoyed the last two months so, so much. And, as we wind down this ‘once in a lifetime’ adventure, I feel increasingly ready to return to the familiarity of family and friends. My mind over the last week has often drifted to thoughts of the upcoming holidays. This year’s Thanksgiving and Hanukkah and Christmas may be our last until we return from Peace Corps in 2017. I am so happy to know we will have time over the next two months to enjoy visits with all those we know and love…and to show and share more about what our time in Europe was like (for those who actually WANT to hear more than what the blog has included).

See you on the flip side, all!


  2 comments for “First Prague, then Munich, then Home

  1. Chava Monastersky
    November 3, 2014 at 3:15 am

    Stay well…looking forward to seeing you two when you are ready.
    love chava

  2. Kathyrn Sellereit
    November 3, 2014 at 6:24 am

    Erika, thank you for the thoughtful post. Eric and I ended our trip to Europe in 09′ with a short stay in Prague – wonderful city. I can imagine the town square with all of the activities happening and the clock that goes off every hour with the “little characters” that pop out.

    I’m so glad that you have had the opportunity to see a somber part of the 20th century. It’s so hard to belief “man’s inhumanity to man.”

    If you find yourself in B’ham I would love to hear more about your adventures. I assume that you and Tom will be staying at your mother’s as well as spending time in Victoria with your father. It’s hard to believe that two months have passed so quickly. You and Tom have done a stellar job blogging!!!!

    Kathy S.

    P.S. I don’t know if you’ve heard the good news about ADH but we will continue in our existing space under the ownership of Christian H.C. The Hospital is being generous to partner with CHH until the doors open in June or July. Much change is in the air.

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