Day 7 Jordan and Alice

May 22, 2011

Today marked the beginning of the next chapter of our adventure. Early this morning we left Prague behind and boarded a train headed to Budapest. It was the first time on a train trip for many of the group members, which caused excitement within the group. The train ride was 8 1/2 hours long which made time for relaxation, reflection, and learning about each other's life experience. The train wound through the country sides of Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary, which were filled with beautiful dark green forest, mountainous ranges, winding rivers, and quaint small towns. Once we arrived in Budapest, we were transported to our hotel and then were split into three small groups to get dinner and go on a scavenger hunt for the Chain Bridge, Buda Castle, St. Stephen’s Basilica, and Szechenyi, a famous medicinal bath which is much like a hot spring. These scavenger hunts we ddid upon arriving in a new country helped us to mental map the city which gives us a sense of direction and understanding for the layout of the streets and landmarks. The first scavenger hunt in Prague was very intimidating, but we are slowly becoming more confident with being global travelers. This second scavenger hunt proved to be much easier, not because of the lay out of the city, but because of the experiences and knowledge we have gained while studying abroad.

A bridge in budapest

Alice- I loved the train ride, the country was so beautiful and the time spent sharing experiences with my fellow travelers. I am so happy to be seeing our group come together and enjoy that the dynamics are constantly changing and developing as the trip goes on. In the leadership minor we learn about the stages of group development which are storming, forming, norming, and performing. In the class to prepare us for this trip, the group was in the storming and forming stages. We knew we had a common goal and we worked on ways to achieve that goal. Now that we are in Europe we have now moved on to norming and performing, and we are actively working together to achieve our goal of becoming global citizens and making some strong connections with different people who are a part of our group, and people who we have met along the way.

Jordan- It is hard to leave Prague behind, my time spent there was amazing. As the train left for Budapest, I could not help but to think about how much a mark Prague had left on me and I on it in just a few days. One of my goals I wanted to accomplish by coming here was to actually see the history we have only read about in history books. I accomplished this goal and more. I did not know I would be leaving a mark on this country by becoming part of the history of the Monastery. I look forward to whatever challenges and adventures face me as we turn the page and begin the next chapter of our journey.

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