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My Spooky Erasmus

Hi all! This is a bonus travel post since hey, it’s Halloween time! I know the title may be deceiving and you might think that my Erasmus stay abroad was very scary. In fact it wasn’t. Scary were the pictures I took of the experience haha!

I did my Erasmus exchange program in Prague, Czech Republic, between September 2010 and February 2011. That was in my final year before graduating in Biomedical Engineering. It was a fantastic experience that I truly recommend, and the best part of it was getting to know people from all over the world and the ability to travel to different countries. But this post is not so much about the experience, but more about the pictures.

A few months before I went to Prague, I bought a digital compact camera from Samsung since my old one had very low resolution. I was on a weekend out with my college friends and we went karting, and I was taking some pictures to the karting circuit in the sunset. Turns out my new camera didn’t like the idea much and it started distorting things and taking pink photos! Well, not always, sometimes the camera worked well. Instead of fixing it, I thought it was a good idea to keep it like that. I since then got rid of the camera (well, maybe I should have fixed it within the warranty period, hello!) but now I think I should have kept it to take very scary pictures like the ones I will show you. This has no image edition at all, it came raw from the camera!

Prague

I admit I didn’t take as many picture of Prague as I’d like since I always relied on pictures from others of laziness. I haven’t come back in 6 years but I hope to do that someday. Maybe for the 10th anniversary of the exchange? Oh gosh, I’ll be 31 by then! In Prague my camera decided to work well very often, but the goal of this post is to show the spookiest perspective.

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My dorm complex, Koleje Strahov. The dorm itself was spooky but fun
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Ghostly St. Vitus Cathedral. I’m scared of looking at this
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The back of National Museum, taken from Namesti Miru
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Hey! I’m a pink ghost too!

Vienna

I spent a weekend in this lovely city where everything seems so perfect and huge and white! However, spooky camera decided to give it a twist in the final day of the trip.

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Spookiest entrance of Schonnbrun Palace ever

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Budapest

In Budapest maybe the FREEZING cold I had to endure in December made the camera misbehave and take many haunting pictures. Here are a few.

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Szecheni Chain Bridge, not like any postcard
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Parliament

Dresden

We loved this charming German city. Walking by River Elbe, visiting the awesome Cathedral, and a nice nightlife, were great experiences. Let’s see how my camera saw it.

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I visited other cities during my Erasmus but I either don’t have my photos or I forgot the camera since yeah, not always I wanted these scary pictures and my mates had normal cameras! Anyway I thought it was nice to bring you a bit of my history with tech and travel and to revive memories of a time when my travel frequency really increased! This was one of the determining experiences to become the avid traveler I am today. And now I just want to wish you a spooky Halloween! And tomorrow’s post about Norway again will feature normal looking pictures haha. Let me know if you liked these pictures and stay tuned on Instagram for more!

How did you make the most of a broken piece of tech in your travels? Let me know in the comments!

Cátia

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9 thoughts on “My Spooky Erasmus

    1. Thank you for enjoying the pictures! Prague is great, mixes the charm of baroque buildings with a darker gothic and post-communism aura. If you like beer it’s a paradise with so many great brands 😉

  1. Love that you didn’t try to fix the camera…the spooky effects are awesome! I also did Erasmus (Mundus) back in 2011 and I remember my dorm in France being a little bit spooky with weird voices during the night haha!

    1. Thank you so much! What were the countries of your Erasmus Mundus besides France? Generally it has more than one country. Dorms are always somewhat spooky, the first time I entered my dorm in Prague it looked like I was going to jail. Did you like your Erasmus anyway? In the end I tried to fix the camera in 2012 but the price they asked me was higher than buying a new camera so I got rid of it. Now I regret this, I know some cities that could have used spooky photos for a great effect 🙂

      1. I was in France and Romania…my dorms in both countries were spooky hahaha. Yessss I really enjoyed my EM! It was one of the best times of my life and I also got to travel all around Europe too 😀

        Yes! Would’ve been a good idea for those “scary places” like maybe the cemeteries in Paris!

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