Change of Plans
October 8, 2009

So, after a (mostly) lovely 5 weeks in Prague, I’m deciding to throw in the towel.  The job market here is tight as is, and for a non-EU citizen, it is even harder to get in.  I had been very hopeful about finding a job here, but it just isn’t meant to be, I suppose.

First of all, I haven’t gotten any positive responses back regarding the nearly 100 CVs (resumes) I’ve sent out.  Secondly, I don’t think I’d care to live in Prague long-term.  Don’t get me wrong, the city is beautiful, historical, and safe, and the people are warm and friendly (when you’re able to connect with them), but it isn’t the most friendly of cities.  Just going into the bakery or supermarket is a guarantee to meet with unfriendliness.  Sure, in the city center, everyone is happy to see a foreigner.  But in the more local places, we’re seen as a nuisance.   I’m sure any perceived unkindness is only on the surface, and would melt away if we got to know each other.  However, on a day-to-day basis, it makes your day feel draining when smiles and kind words are few and far between when you’re out in public.  There are, of course, a good deal of exceptions to this: Nicole at the Akcent cafe was a darling, and some wait staff at restaurants have been pleasant indeed.  I apologize for any offence I may have caused to my wonderful Czech classmates here, but I’ve found it frustrating in the last week here.

Anyway, I’ve decided to move on and do a bit of traveling before returning home to the US to find a job.  I’m carefully crafting some plans to stay with friends-of-friends at city(ies) en route to Sicily.  Saturday, I’m tentatively planning to stay in Linz, Austria for a few days with a friend-of-a-friend.   This trip will culminate in Sicily where I hope to see one of my mother-lands and meet some distant family members for the first time.  If I can actually make it to Sicily, it will be a dream come true!  Keep reading for updates 🙂