Bring Home Your Lessons Learned

I came to Prague because while I wanted a change, I had no interest in moving as far away as Asia.  On the surface, culture shock in Europe seems less obvious; however, it is still immediate, and it can be intense.  One should never assume that “similar” Europe gives less cultural experience than “foreign” Asia. Many aspects of Czech life are different from North American life, if not in actual fact, then certainly in degree.  Take something so mundane as physical exercise – Prague boasts many wonderful parks for leisurely walks and long ...

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My New Home

When I decided to move to Prague I knew it was going to be an exciting experience, but I never thought I was about to have the time of my life. I moved to Prague in October 2014, did a TEFL course and started to meet people from all over the world immediately. After the course, I found a job teaching English and Spanish and that was just the beginning of my adventure. My first winter was a bit tough and cold, but making new friends helped me get through it. Spring and summer came along filled with adventures, trips, lovely people and good times. Summer 2015 was the best ...

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The Beer-Drinking Culture

The stories about the Czech Republic that make it to the UK are mainly about it´s rather liberal attitude to drinking alcohol and smoking weed. I think everyone must have seen the latest videos of a bunch of drunk first-league football referees (one having been seen urinating behind the goal) or the Czech president who can hardly stand up straight on ceremonial occasions. Unfortunately, this is how we perceive the Czech Republic. But since I came here, I’ve started to realise that the Czechs are not heavy drinkers at all, they simply have a different beer-drinking ...

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The Dog Lovers

There was a time last summer when I got particularly bored and thought that maybe I should do something crazy.  Two weeks later I was on a plane headed from Chicago to London, where I would have a connecting flight to my final destination, Prague. After living in the Czech Republic for some time there has obviously been many surprises in store. You expect this any time you move to a new country. There’s a language barrier.  People look different.  Day-to-day interactions in supermarkets, restaurants, office places, etc are all different, but ...

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The Year of Many Firsts

In summer 2015, I moved to the Czech Republic to take a course for teaching English. Almost a year since my move, I can now reflect on what has so far been an eventful experience. I lived in Prague for the duration of the four week TEFL course and I had a great time while I was there, but since then, I have been living and working in a small town in South Bohemia called Strakonice. A most unlikely place to find an Irishman. It has been a year of firsts for me. First attempt at snowboarding, first pet dog (Tici), first genuine attempt at learning a foreign language, ...

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The Praguers


New in Prague by Christine Thompson (USA)

One thing that puzzled me when I first moved to Prague was that I noticed people would speak to me whenever they entered or left the lift. I come here from quite a large city and had been conditioned not to ‘talk to strangers’ without good reason. I therefore found it a bit unnerving that people repeatedly seemed to address me in the lift and then without waiting for a response, would immediately turn around to face the door. They proceeded to ignore me until we came to their floor where they would then say something else and leave. I had not studied any Czech at this ...

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