We’ve hit the two-month mark in Prague!
It’s been a blur of adjustment–adjusting to a new flat, new jobs, new routines, a new city, a new language, and a new lifestyle. I’m learning how to be a teacher, we’re learning how to cook here when grocery shopping takes three hours (and you still don’t find that damn basil), I get lost about once a week, and we haven’t figured out how to receive mail. I imagine we still have a lot of learning and adjusting left…but we’ve made it into our third month!
Don’t miss One Month in Prague by the Numbers!
TWO MONTHS IN PRAGUE: BY THE NUMBERS
6 TIMES asked for directions.
I obviously look like a native now because I’ve been asked for instructions and directions several times. Unfortunately I don’t speak like a native…but hopefully that will change, maybe by the one year mark?
FIRST out-of-country trip completed.
At first it seemed like a logistical nightmare, but it actually was somewhat easy to get to Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Germany for our anniversary. I loved Germany at first sight, and we had a great time exploring the little town and meeting the friendly residents.
60 MINUTES in a store dedicated to all things Christmas.
We went into the famous Christmas store in Rothenburg on a whim, and ended up spending an hour in there. It was amazing and filled with every kind of Christmas decoration and ornament. It felt like December 25th in that store! Even though it’s only October, that store made me really excited to spend Christmas in Europe. I think we may have to make a stop in Germany over the holidays because those Germans know how to do Christmas.
2 DAYS in the adorable Cesky Krumlov.
I know, I can’t stop talking about this place, but it was just such a great little Czech town to visit! It’s famous for a reason. I’m hoping to go back once every season, because I love it so much. We had a great time boating down the river and going medieval.
5 DAYS survived with teenagers in the mountains.
Spending a week at an English camp with forty-three 18-year-olds (all girls except one) seemed like a crazier idea the closer it came to go. However, it was a fun, if exhausting week. I learned a lot about teaching English, hiked about twenty miles over the entire week, and enjoyed the clear cool air with incredible views.
ONE highest mountain in the Czech Republic climbed.
During our stay in the mountains, one of the big activities of the week was to climb Snezka, the highest mountain in the Czech Republic. I was skeptical and fearful of my weakness and my shoes (not to mention climbing with a bunch of teenage girls), but it was spectacular. One of the highlights? Walking part of the way back through Poland!
3 new long-term jobs.
Last month, I wrote about having three new temporary jobs. Luckily, I have replaced the temp jobs with three new long-term jobs. What a relief! I’m not completely confident of my teaching yet (ugh) but I’m teaching at an elementary school (with the little ones!), I have three lessons a week at a local business, and I’m tutoring several students in psychology. My schedule is much fuller than I thought it would be, but once I get used to everything, I should enjoy it.
4 BLOCKS walked for our first Prague street festival.
A few weeks ago, we stumbled upon our first Prague street festival! Even though it got rained out, forcing us to duck into a nearby pub for refuge and beers, it was fun to sample some new local food and explore a new area of the city.
DOZENS of pictures of this beautiful city.
I take at least one picture a day. No wonder I get asked for directions all the time, with my phone constantly on camera mode.
TWO unlimited transit passes successfully purchased.
I know this doesn’t seem like such a big deal, but it took us so long to get these. I’m (too) proud that we figured it out and got them on the spot! It’s so much easier to have this pass than to buy new tickets wherever we can whenever we want to take public transportation.
THE FIRST FEW DAYS of autumn.
Autumn has arrived! There are an unfortunate lack of pumpkins so far, but I’m keeping my eye out, don’t you worry.
A WEEKEND spent organizing our new apartment.
We’ve almost lived in this flat for a month now and finally got around to organizing this past weekend. Now that clothes and books aren’t everywhere, it seems a bit echoey now. Cheers to having all of my clothes in the (one!) closet.
A LITTLE BIT of homesickness.
ANOTHER WEEKEND trip planned to South Moravia, here in the Czech Republic.
Wine tasting, here we come!
What’s been happening in your life lately?
Linking up with the #SundayTraveler!
p.s. Thanks again to Kaelene for the inspiration!