T IS FOR TRAVEL!
Each year, students have the opportunity to travel with the MBA Program. Recent RMBA graduate Tyler Nussbaum walks us through the sights, sharing his opinions and insights in his own words.
Day 1: Today we arrived in Prague (or “Praha”, as they call it here) and I was surprised by the vibrancy and excitement. After a walking tour of the old Castle district (VERY interesting) we checked into our hotel and were given free reign of the city. I met a street missionary named Tertius (after the Bible character) and we had a good discussion about the parable of the sower and the difficulties facing Christians in Prague.
Day 2: Two of our group excursions were today: Lilly and The Hard Rock Cafe. Having grown up in the United States (an economic powerhouse), I had never really considered what it would be like to do business in a relatively minor country instead of at the center of where the action was; considering it now was rather disconcerting. In the afternoon I hiked up the “Prague Eiffel Tower” to see the view of the park and city below me.
Day 3: A group of us used today to ride bicycles to Karlstejn Castle. Pouring rain convinced us to ride the train the second half of the trip.
Day 4: Today I was able to meet up with a friend I met at AU who is currently living in Prague. She showed me some of her favorite places and taught me enough of the language to be useful.
Day 5: Today was dominated by the train ride from Prague to Budapest. Most of the students used it as a chance to catch up on their reading (like KP in the photo) or journaling. Arriving in Budapest was almost shocking: the stereotypical ex-Soviet architecture and tonal pallet dominated the city and the vibrant enthusiasm of Prague’s populace was exchanged for guarded expressions and downward eyes.
Day 6: This was our busiest (and my favorite) tourist day. We started with an attempt to visit Parliament, took the scenic walking route through the old architecture of the city, visited Buda Castle, St. Matthias Cathedral and the Buda Labyrinth, and concluded the day with a hike to a statue overlooking the city and a tour of a bunker that had been converted into a WWII museum and memorial. The most impactful part of the day was finding some metal shoes alongside the river, taking fun/cute pictures with them, and THEN learning that they were a memorial to the thousands of people who had been lined up there and shot during WWII.
Day 7: After the exhausting day we had the day before, Day 7 was almost relaxing. Our main visit of the day was another cathedral, with more beautiful stained glass.
Day 8: Today we took a hyrofoil up the Danube to Vienna. We arrived too late to do much that night, but still managed to see a few sights (like the St. Francis of Assisi Church).
Day 9: Home of the Hofberg dynasty, Vienna was a great example of how money can be spend with no regard to cost effectiveness. On Day 9 we saw started to see just what people would spend money on if they were royal and didn’t want to spend it on anything useful. The royal gardens were beautiful, with flowers and fountains and lakes and a zoo and trees sculpted to form walls. Beautiful? Yes. Creative? Yes. Something I would do with my money if I were an emperor? No.
Day 10: On Day 10, the extravagances continued, ranging from rooms full of golden silverware to chests full of silver plates that were taken to war so the royal family wouldn’t have to do without them while on the battlefield.
Day 11: This was the group’s last day in Europe. The leisurely journey across the ocean began early, this time going backward in time instead of forward.
U IS FOR UNFORGETTABLE MOMENTS!
We’ve mapped out a few of the MBA’s milestones and unforgettable moments of the past 19 years.