At this point in my exchange, I have spent a lot of time in my host city—Rakovník. With a population of approximately 16,000-17,000 people, the city is small, but has so much to offer. One of my favourite parts about the city is the square. It is so unlike anything that we have in Canada. Although there are still a few streets with shops (similar to what we have in Canada) there is a large square that is lined with stores, restaurants, a church, and a school along the edges. Everything that you would need is in walking distance, which is also something new for me. I am now growing accustomed to not having to drive everywhere—in fact, it would take less time for me to walk than it would to drive in some cases. For example, in Canada, I had to take a half hour to 45-minute bus ride to school every morning. Now, it is less than a 15-minute walk. This week, I started with a trip to Karlovy Vary, I went to school, and started in a musical ensemble. I hope to maybe highlight some of the differences between the Canadian and the Czech school system in this post.


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