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10/14/2013

Over the river and through the woods to Jenštejn castle we go

By Alyssa Ostrout, Bryant University

It will probably come as no surprise to anyone when I say that I've been itching to see some Czech countryside. Well finally that dream has come true! I just got back from a CIEE run trip to Jenštejn (it's pronounced Yehshteyn, for those of you who care to know) castle, and we were able to see plenty of country. And with good timing too - I almost forgot what trees looked like! The trees, the forest, it was all so beautiful. But of course, me being the daughter of Queen Murphy, things didn't go as well as they could have. The weather did not really cooperate with us as much as I would have hoped......it rained. Typical, right? I should just always have my rain coat on hand (good thing we had fair warning of the forecast so I brought my jacket with me this time), it would make my life a whole lot easier. I can't tell you how many times I've left the apartment for school or my internship and the sun was shining so of course I wouldn't be worried about rain.....but as soon as I was leaving to go back to my apartment it would start raining. I feel like one of those cartoon characters that is constantly followed by a rain cloud. But I digress...

The castle was also really beautiful, although it wasn't completely intact. We climbed to the very top, and because there was no roof anymore (maybe it got destroyed by all the rain?.....but probably a military attack) we got an amazing view of the village.

Also, I learned that there aren't really any poisonous spiders in Prague, so that's cool. Although I would prefer if there were NO spiders at all......................................but I guess in the words of the Rolling Stones you can't always get what you want.

So without further ado...I have some pictures to share with you (rhyme unintended).

Castle
Trees

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