I’ll keep my Prague post short & sweet, because that’s what it was.
Coming into the Czech Republic on a train from Germany, I noticed that the hills were sharp and that the trees were dense and intensely green. When we arrived to the Prague train station, or Praha Hlvani Nadrazi in Czech, we walked in circles a good twenty minutes before locating the Metro. We stayed in an Air Bnb outside of the city center, so our view was not one of cobble stone streets and red rooftops when emerging from the subway. We dragged our near retirement suitcases and searched for the address. After a mix up regarding what time my dad expected us to arrive (not worth going into), we settled in to our Ikea style apartment.
What we liked best about Prague was how far our money went, that the metro only had three lines, the huge gothic version of the Disney castle on the top of the hill, and the nightlife scene. I think the effects of two weeks of travel were starting to catch up to us, so we took more time to relax and stroll through the city than trying to party like rockstars. Our longest day included visiting the Prague Castle, which consisted of 250 steps up the tower, and dinner at Terasa U Zlate Studne (say that five times fast). When I called to make the reservation I looked up how to say “Do you speak English?” beforehand, which is “Mluvíte anglicky?.” I really caught Nic off guard when I nailed it and the hostess on the other end switched to perfect English. I was simply channeling my inner eastern European badass. Anyway, the restaurant had an incredible view of the city and some of the best food I had in Europe. We ended the evening on The Jazz Boat, which cruises up and down the river while the band of the night jams out. The music happened to be right up our alley, especially because my dad was with us and loves himself some classic blues. I went to town on my sangria while playing some off-beat air drums, it was great.
As of late, I’ve been thinking of ways to make a living abroad. While we were in Paris, I came across The Language House on social media. The school is based in Prague and offers a four week program that teaches native English speakers how to teach English in foreign schools. The program helps you with just about everything; from finding an apartment to applying for your visa. Nic and I visited the school, talked to the founder and went out to eat with the September class. We tried to imagine living and working in Prague, and honestly… we could see it. We were pretty giddy at the possibility of picking up everything and committing to the nomad life, but I don’t think teaching is necessarily the avenue for us. The search continues for the dream job(s) that allow us to freely travel when and where we want. In the mean time, we’ll settle for Austin!