GOODBYE 2014 // Prague, Czech Republic

I know I have been saying this the entire time I have been over in Europe, but this year has just completely flown by! It has been such a crazy, busy time, but I have had some fantastic experiences and grown so much. I was intending this post to be a bit more philosophical, but I am still recovering from New Years celebrations last night and my brain is a bit all over the place from playing tour guide for friends and family. In a few days!

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10884376_988000441233697_410248354_nWe had a lovely time playing in the snow again in the morning, building a – somewhat dismal – snowman while waiting for the ice skating rink to open. Julian is just the absolute cutest in his snow onesie.

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The ice skating rink was set up at the base of the TV Tower, and was quite cheap – 130 crowns, about $6.50 AUD – to use, including skate hire. Mum and Morgan stayed on the sidelines and helped walk Julian around the rink, while the rest of us gave it a shot. I am happy to report Chris and I were far more successful then our pathetic attempts in Copenhagen!10884808_987999554567119_1855775363_n

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Julian was as hopeless as one would expect a 3-year0old with blades strapped to his boots to be, but he had a ball nonetheless. 10893577_987999481233793_1968311567_n

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We eventually got off after a good hour and grabbed some delicious fresh food for lunch at a nearby farmers market. The remainder of the afternoon was pretty chilled out, as we rested up for the night ahead. Chris, Aidan, Morgan and I cooked pizzas in my room and had a few drinks to start the evening, before grabbing some fireworks from the corner store and climbing up to Vyšehrad.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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I had discovered fireworks for sale in my local supermarket a week or so earlier, and after some googling we discovered that yes, it was in fact totally legal. We were a bit premature with our fireworks at 8pm, but it was a bit of fun.

We met up with some of my Prague friends and joined a group of people for some drinks in an apartment with the intention of heading to a nearby park to watch the fireworks. Unfortunately we left it a bit late and instead ended up celebrating on the street with some other random people, who had more fireworks. Actually, it turns out pretty much everyone buys a firecracker of some sorts in Prague, and the night was alive with the sounds of fireworks going off on every street corner. It was such a bizarre experience, and the city was soon covered in a haze of smoke.

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESWe continued on to another party for a couple more hours, before heading home for bed. It was a fun, sporadic night, and it was completely different to the hot summer night normally experienced in Melbourne. I was very grateful to have some of my closest friends and family with me, despite being on the other side of the world.

I hope you all had fun bringing in the New Year!

– Reanna.

(Also thank you Mum for most of the photos in this post!)

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