Sunday, November 28, 2010
Fulbright Thanksgiving and Prague Christmas Markets
On Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, when normally I would be battling the crowds of Black Friday, I was actually on a train to Prague. Czech Fulbright hosted a Thanksgiving Dinner for the US Fulbrighters in the Czech Republic. I have to say it was nice to actually sleep in on Black Friday and not have to deal with the claustrophobic day of shoppers. I met up with Calan and Brock and we set off to explore the city while we were waiting to check into our hotel. The day was beautiful, with blue skies, and frost on the ground, and the sense of Christmas all around.
Old Town Square, Prague
Thanksgiving Dinner from Fulbright
On Saturday the markets open. Calan and I decided to stay in Prague for the weekend so it was nice to get up when we woke up and stroll out for some shopping. We explored the Andel Mall and I always love seeing the Christmas lights and decorations at the mall. It reminds me of home.
After re grouping, we browsed the markets, and tasted the local Tredelnik (which is Pillsbury Dough Boy cooked with cin. and sugar on it). Along with the sweet treat, hot wine was in order and much enjoyed since it was FRRRRREEEEZING outside. Word for the wise...DON'T wear jeans on a night you are going to be outside in freezing temperature. Apparently, jeans freeze and then the cold sticks to your legs and it makes you EVEN colder. Learned that lesson for next time.....
The Old Town Square was lit up wonderfully with Christmas lights and Christmas music from Carolers from all over the region. I loved hearing traditional Czech Christmas music and there was even some English Christmas Carols mixed in too!
Old Town Square