The next day was more orientation that ended with a welcome dinner at an really nice restaurant. It was right downtown and served more traditional Czech food (potato dumplings and goulash were definitely the best). Everything was really heavy and filling and we were warned by our new buddy that even Czechs don't eat Czech food everyday. She also mentioned that this restaurant was really nice and expensive and she hadn't been before either. Afterwards, I met with some people to visit a few bars, and had my first Czech beer. The cheapest beer cost 20 crowns (1 USD), while water cost around $2.50. We went to some really cool places including one bar that was in an old underground bunker, but I wasn't paying attention (and couldn't pronounce) most of the names.
Wednesday was our big move out of the hotel and into the apartments. I'm in Prague 3 right next to the Flora line, and was surprised about how pretty the inside of the apartment was especially compared to what's available to students in LA. There's 3 other apartments of program students in the building as well, but I'll admit I was a little sad I wasn't as close to the center as other were (although I know now that it takes less than 10 minutes on the metro to get there so it's not a big deal at all). Between living in the hotel for the past two days, losing my brand new Czech phone, and moving into the apartment, I was starting to feel pretty miserable. The fact that I was having an off day in general made me feel even worse since I felt that I should be ecstatic to be studying abroad. Throughout the day, I swung from being overwhelmed with moving to lonely to incredibly homesick. Luckily, my roommate from home who flew to Florence the same time I did Facebook messaged me, and we realized that we were both feeling the exact same way.
It was more of a one day funk, and yesterday I spent some time during our guided tour (teaching us public transportation and relevant areas) finally getting some pictures of Prague. It's really, really beautiful and my new camera is amazing also.
Today had a similar orientation schedule, and we were told to go on a scavenger hunt to review our guided tour from the day before. We finished early and spent our extra 2 hours walking around and taking pictures (with us in them this time!), and stopping at Cafe Louvre.
Random things I've done/noticed: there are a lot of things that are shockingly cheap--a drug store trip cost around $20 for shampoo, conditioner, body wash, febreeze, soap, face wipes, and more; I bought a matroshka doll key chain for my apartment keys, no one uses leashes to walk their dogs and all the dogs seem to be super well behaved, AMAZING public transportation but you will get dirty looks if you talk while on it, Prague is one of the quietest and cleanest cities I've been too.
Tonight we're (hopefully) heading to one of the main clubs in Wenceslas Square to start off our first weekend in Prague!