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Czechin’ Out Prague – Backpack Croatia, Slovenia, Austria & the Czech Republic

Hello from Prague!  We know it has only been a few days since we left home, but our group has much to report!   Prague has been the perfect place to start our backpack adventure.  To start us off, we played some great icebreakers so that the group could get to know one another, and then we were off for a tour of the city of Prague.  We enjoyed hearing about the history of this beautiful city from Hannah, our fantastic guide.  Then it was off to our very first group dinner – some of us even tried the traditional Czech meal of Beef Goulash, which was quite enjoyable!

The next day we had the chance to walk around the Prague Castle, which is the largest castle property in all of Europe!  Our group took the tram up to the top of the city, which provided some amazing views (and photo opportunities!) to start off our tour.  Many of us admired the size of the castle, trying to imagine what it might be like to live in a place with so many rooms!  Some of us tried to think of what we would actually do with all of those rooms, but we thought it better to leave that to the king (although we learned that the Czech Republic is now a democracy!)  As we strolled through the castle gardens, we even had the chance to see  two beautiful peacocks with tails at least a few feet long!

BP Croatia, Slovenia, Austria & the Czech Republic at the Prague Castle

After lunch it was off to the John Lennon wall which has been a highlight so far.  We brought paint and markers so that we could all leave our mark on this famous memorial and we have plenty of photos to show for it!  After walking over the famous Charles Bridge, the group went peddle boating down the river, which was beautiful and many of us exclaimed what a workout it was for our legs!

John Lennon Wall - Adventure Program for TeensLast night we took the metro to Ster Mesto and all of us admired how beautiful and clean the metro was – and how quickly it got us to our destination!  After only two days, many of us have decided that the early evening is our favorite time to walk around, and of course on our walk back to the hotel, we just had to stop for ice cream!

Today we are heading for a tour of Terezin, a Nazi work camp during the Holocaust, which should be interesting and provide us with a unique glimpse into history.  Tonight we are off to cooking class, cross your fingers that our meal comes out as delicious as all of the food we have been eating since we got here!

On Monday we head to Vienna, and although many of us will be sad to say goodbye to Prague, we are excited for what the rest of our adventure will bring!

That’s all for now,

The Westcoast Blogger

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