And suddenly, just like that, I’m hitting the one-year mark in Prague. It feels like such a huge milestone, but it’s also strange because I’m not currently in Prague to celebrate. Although our trip to Croatia and Montenegro has been a celebration in its own right ;).
Looking back at my other “By the Numbers” posts, I am so happy at what I have accomplished this year, and proud of how much I’ve grown. I really love going back through the old posts to see what has changed! And also, what hasn’t. The second month, I was sure I would never figure out the mailing system…and I never really did! Just before we left Prague for our trip I tried to send some postcards and for some reason they were much more expensive than ever before. However, this is a great example of the fact that even though I was flustered by this, I wasn’t as stressed out by the whole situation as I had been previously. Growth!
I had so many expectations about moving to Prague. Some came true, and some things were much easier than I had thought–or much, much harder. While I was so happy to find a regular job, I didn’t know how demanding and time-consuming it would be for us to eke out a living in Prague. I didn’t realize how much I would love teaching and how hard it would be to say goodbye to my co-workers and students. I didn’t know that this year would be the hardest I have ever worked. I didn’t know that keeping this blog alive would be such a challenge with all of my other priorities–and that it would become such a part of my experience. I didn’t know that it would be difficult for me to make friends, and I didn’t know that this year would bring me and E closer together than ever. I especially didn’t know that this year abroad would awaken a passion in me to continue to see the world on my terms, and to hopefully live life as a nomad! I thought I might want to stay in Prague forever when we first moved here. While circumstances outside of my control changed this idea (for now), I’m really excited to see what’s next. On that note…this won’t be the final “By the Numbers” post, although it is the final one for Prague, excuse me while I weep. Since I’ll be living everywhere for a while, I will be on writing “On the Road: By the Numbers” posts next!
I could go on and on about what this year has meant to me, and I will in another post. But for now, I want to recap my final month in Prague, because it was a fantastic one–even though much of it was spent outside of Prague and the Czech Republic!
TWELVE MONTHS IN PRAGUE: BY THE NUMBERS
TEN DAYS spent showing E’s family around Prague and the area.
TWO DRINKS and an ice-cream with the best view in Prague (finally!) at the Hotel U Prince terrace. Celebrating the birthday girl, too–E’s sister!
ONE AFTERNOON visiting Kutna Hora’s churches, including the famous Bone Church and the incredible St. Barbara’s Cathedral.
TWELVE HOURS visiting Rathen, Germany and Dresden, Germany. Both places I wish we’d had more time to explore!
FIFTEEN HOURS squeezing in one last trip to the charming and unforgettable Český Krumlov.
FIVE DAYS cleaning out, packing, re-packing, re-organizing, and otherwise moving out of our adorable little Czech flat. It was so hard to say goodbye! There was also drama with our landlord until the very last second…but his translator friend gave us a free ride to the airport so, we left feeling much better about things. It’s also freeing to have almost everything you own (except everything in your parents’ basement…) on your back.
FIFTEEN KG/THIRTY POUNDS carried on my back these past few weeks. Ouch. Freeing, but painful.
EIGHTEEN DAYS in Croatia and Montenegro.
SIXTEEN sunsets enjoyed on this trip! These Mediterranean sunsets are something to write home to Mom about.
COUNTLESS adorable, steep, flowered, stone alleys explored, both in Croatia and Montenegro. Alley game strong!
ONE incredible meal at Galion in Kotor. The setting alone!
TWO HOURS visiting these two special islands and the nearby picturesque village, Perast, Montenegro.
TOO MANY steps up to the top of the fortress in Kotor. Worth (almost) every step!
ALMOST DAILY bottles of Croatian wine.
FIVE HOURS kayaking, swimming and snorkeling in the waters around Dubrovnik.
THREE DAYS relaxing, swimming and wandering the gem of an island, Korčula.
ONE FAVORITE MEAL in Korčula at Adio Mare.
FOUR DRINKS at Maksmilijan Garden Bar with these killer views.
TWO NIGHTS at the best AirBnB ever in a small village, Brusje, on Hvar Island. A dramatic statement, I know, but look at the pictures and you will understand!
TWO HOURS eating this amazing fish prepared for us by our AirBnB host. I told you it was the best ever!
FOUR DAYS scooting around Hvar Island, stopping for locally made olive oil, lavender, fish, wine, limoncello (!!), stopping to swim in various hidden coves, and stopping to explore the adorable towns, such as Stari Grad.
TWO FINAL DAYS on this patio in Dubrovnik, getting our fill of the fascinating city one last time.
FIFTEEN buses, taxis, boats, or ferries that took us all over the south of Croatia and Montenegro. Not to mention the other free car rides, the scooters, the kayaks, and the power of our own two feet!
ONE RETURN to the Czech Republic to wrap up our life here…stay tuned!
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How is your summer shaping up so far? Can you believe it’s already August?