Welcome to Praha!

September 5, 2009 - 2 Responses

I’m in Prague! I’m actually here! I can’t believe it either!

I arrived here on Thursday afternoon (morning in New York) and I’ve settled in rather nicely.  A pre-arranged taxi picked me up at the airport and brought me straight to my apartment where I’ll be staying for duration of my teacher training course in Prague.My bedroom, with suburban Prague in the background
On Monday I will begin my CELTA course to become an ESL/EFL teacher.  So, for the next month, I’ll be living here and going to classes all day Monday through Friday and teaching “guinea pig” classes during much of that time.  The apartment where I’m staying is in one of Prague’s outer/suburban districts, but it is a 5 minute walk to a supermarket/shopping mall/Metro stop.  From our Metro station, it only takes 5 minutes to get to the city center, so it’s a great location.  I have a lovely bedroom of my own, and a kitchen and bathroom that I share with two other young ladies, one of whom is in my CELTA class.  I have 2 big windows (I love natural light) that afford me a lovely view of suburban Prague, and I get the soothing noises of the main road a few blocks away (actually I like this white noise).
View from my apartment bedroom
So far, I’ve had the opportunity to learn the metro system, shop in a real Czech supermarket and traverse Charles Bridge many times.  That’s not all I’ve done so far, but I am just giving a little glimpse.  Supermarkets can be tricky, and I’ve learned: peanut butter is unknown here, how to mime an order for a half kilo of bologna, and that milk is not as easy as it looks.  Honestly, I still haven’t found fresh-fresh milk here (apparently they sell sour milk for baking alongside the regular milk, but since I can’t read it, I bought the stinky moo juice the first time ewww).  I still haven’t tried the trams or buses, or gotten a SIM card for my mobile phone, or finished my pre-CELTA assignment, but all is well.  Skype has proven most useful in getting to talk to my family back home for a very cheap rate.

It’s late here, so I’ll just insert some pictures and call it a night.  But don’t worry, there will be many, many, many more pictures.


Prague In My Sights

August 14, 2009 - 2 Responses

Plans are getting underway! I’ve officially deposited money for my course and apartment fee for the first month (ouch!) and now things are official. My Dad finally consented to telling my Grandma about my international plans and she took it really well. She, like my parents, simply demand that I write or call home frequently while I’m away. My family and I will miss each other a great deal when I’m gone, I’m afraid.

On the bright side, I’m finally able to get excited about my trip! I’ve been doing a lot of armchair travel, checking (pun intended) out all the sights I plan to see in Prague. So far, the guidebooks I’ve preferred are Rick Steves’ Prague guide, Rick Steves’ “Europe Through the Back Door”, the Eyewitness Prague guide, and the Eyewitness Top 10 Guide for Prague. I can’t wait to traverse the Charles Bridge, explore all the little cafes of the Old Town, to try a Czech beer hall, and so so many more things!

I do have a ton of planning left to do at this point: international bank account, medical insurance for myself in the Czech Republic, transatlantic flight, cell phone enabling, not to mention learning the basics of the Czech language and the basics of ESL-theory (from books I have yet to order). Eep.

It’s shocking that after years of wanting to travel around Europe, I am finally blessed with the opportunity to do so, and make enough dough to live on, hopefully. I’m so lucky to be in a position in life where I have enough independence and startup to do this – I can’t forget that. I know that this part of my life will be woven with new and unexpected experiences, together with self-discovery and an education made on the cobbled streets of Bohemian Praha.

Wish me good luck in my preparations! 😀

A Letter Before Prague

August 10, 2009 - Leave a Response

I’m starting this blog in order to keep my friends and family updated on my comings-and-goings while I’m away in Europe. Feel free to send me an e-mail with comments or suggestions.  I hope you enjoy reading!