Prague, this beautiful place in the heart of Europe, is not just a city of native Praguers and Czechs. Possibly even you who read this article belong into the varied and colourful group of expatriots living in Czech’s capital city. Maybe you moved here for work, maybe you followed someone you love. Or have you just happened to visit the city and it cast such a strong spell on you that you just couldn’t leave?
Czechs are a curious nation by nature. They often wander what those expatriots think of their way of living, customs, what they like and what they would prefer to eliminate.
That is where our section, aptly named Through Expat’s Eyes, comes in. Each month, we will be asking one of you to share with us your impressions of life in Prague and Czech Republic in general. We strongly believe that the ‘look from the outside’ not only brings new and interesting information but it also benefits mutual understanding and improves tolerance because it can draw our attention to the issues we may have been overlooking or taken for granted.
We hope that our section will become a source of enjoyment for you.
Feb 24, 2014
When I arrived in Prague in the middle of the summer last year I knew one word in Czech: Pivo. I owe that bit of knowledge to a multiplayer quiz app on my phone called “Intellect.” Like so many other questions I had answered this one incorrectly, yet the answer stuck with me.
Jan 13, 2014
The Elusive Carp
For an American living in Prague the holiday season can be somewhat unfamiliar. The amateur Christmas light competition isn't as fierce, Ježíšek delivers the presents, and the food of choice is carp. I still don't quite understand why, but I have come to enjoy this underrated river fish.
Dec 27, 2013
Prague, je t’aime!
I have never been much of a traveler. Paris (where I was born and lived for 28 years) is big enough to live your entire life there.
Nov 25, 2013
Don’t bank on it - Neil Keegan
As a relative newbie living in Prague for only three months, I’m still wide-eyed, bushy tailed and soaking everything in. In a swift generalisation, I have to admit that I’m still romancing about my new location and on going integration into my new surroundings.
Oct 23, 2013
Czech Language… Is it a Form of Immigration Control?
Eight years have passed since I chose to live in the Czech Republic. I still chisel away at the intricacies of Czech language and have learned to live with the irritation of being virtually deaf and mute in most social occasions. I have taught English until I am blue in the face and in most cases conclude that Czech people find learning a new language as hard as I do. Where is the magic spray that can be squirted into a conversation and everything will be understood, dream on…
Sep 23, 2013
PRAGUE: OFF THE BEATEN TRACK…
My adventure in Prague started last January when I took my first steps out of the airport, hidden under my jacket at -19 ºC. Thirty minutes after landing I had my first surprise and it wasn’t a “Welcome Mr. Soto”… A metro without barriers?
Aug 20, 2013
A Brief Report about Living in Prague
Half a year ago, I arrived in Prague, a city that comes out from a fairy tale, a city that I have long been yearning to come to.
Jul 19, 2013
It’s about the people
On the whole, Prague is a great place to live. My reasons will not surprise anybody; the architecture, the beer, the river, the girls and the fact the public transport system seems to work. In my home city of Bristol, England, it is more expensive and very unreliable.
Jun 21, 2013
How to: Meet the Love of Your Life in the City of Your Dreams
I came to the Golden City, from Rochester, New York around two years ago. Since my first visit in 1993, the two of us have been through a lot. Now I’m in Vinohrady, living happily with my beautiful girlfriend and our cat, Potato. Prague has never stopped talking to me. I’m not sure whether or not her and I will end up together forever, my only hope is to look as good as she does after a thousand years.
May 27, 2013
Erasmus in Prague
Why did I choose Czech Republic? To be honest, I did not choose the Czech Republic, the Czech Republic chose me and I am very glad that it did!
Apr 16, 2013
Czech fear of “the Other”
Thorarinn Ingi Jonsson is a visual artist born and raised in Reykjavik, Iceland. He studied art at The Ontario College of Art and Design, The Icelandic Academy of Art and lastly at The Academy of Architecture, Art and Design in Prague.
Mar 20, 2013
Don’t forget your ticket!
Here I am, another foreigner in the Czech Republic, Prague, trying to survive, have fun and be productive at the same time. I’m a 24 years old Turkish design student and I’ve been here for 1.5 years by now. I’m living with my boyfriend and having a pretty good life in this city full of art and design.
Feb 15, 2013
Beginnings and cultural differences
I arrived in Czech Republic as a student in 2005. It was my first time to travel in Europe and this country was my first destination. After an 8-month intensive Czech language course in Podebrady, a small but beautiful spa town, I moved to Prague to study in the university and lived in the dormitory.
Jan 15, 2013
Prague needs Pantomime
There are many aspects of western culture that are slowly creeping into, or even invading, the Czech calendar, to be met with a mixture of curiosity and animosity: Valentine’s Day, Halloween and Santa Claus have all made it, whether they are welcome or not. It seems inevitable that anything that ever features in an American film, TV series or pop song will eventually have to be absorbed into Czech consumer lifestyle.
Dec 17, 2012
Starting a new life
I came to Czech Republic to study chemistry at the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague, I applied for a scholarship and I got it, so I am living here around 6 years already, these years have being full of emotions.
Nov 16, 2012
From Sardinian sea to the heart of Europe
My life in Prague started two months ago, when I graduated and decided to leave Italy to try to find a job in this fantastic city. It has not been easy to leave my Sardinia and its sea to settle in a country characterized by different climate and different culture. Therefore the question is: “Why?”
Oct 10, 2012
Czechs, good spirited people
I really don't know where to start… maybe, I will just repeat what thousands of other people say, Prague is awesome!!!
Aug 29, 2012
Prague a Charming City
The first time I visited Prague was in June 2008, it was a totally new experience for me and curiously without thinking too much about it, the experience that would change my entire life. It was just a matter of time to decide that I would be living in this gorgeous city.
Jul 25, 2012
All the fun of the festival – without Wellies!
I wouldn’t dare to say that it doesn’t rain in the Czech Republic, far from it, but it may come as a surprise to British visitors to learn that it’s possible to enjoy a musical experience at a weekend festival without investing in a pair of Wellington boots! In fact, if you choose your festival carefully, you can avoid contact with mud altogether.
Jun 12, 2012
The Exchange Program
Well .. I was supposed to finish High School in 2008, when I just decided to do an Exchange Program with the Rotary Club. I took the necessary tests and was chosen to go to Czech Republic. In the beginning I was afraid of going to a foreign country at only 17 years old. But I did it! I lived in Jindřichův Hradec for one year and, actually, it was one of the best years in my life. Living the Czech life, going to High School every day, eating dumplings, learning how to speak Czech and making a lot of friends made me fall in love with this country. The experience I had made me grow up but, unfortunately, I went back to Brasil in 2009, when the Exchange Program ended.
May 9, 2012
A City Free (to Ban Smoking!)
As a foreigner I’m willing to accept almost anything Prague has to offer, however, if I could offer one tip for the future, banning smoking indoors it would be. The long-term health costs of smoking and second hand-smoke inhalation have long been proven by scientists, whereas the rest of what I’ve written is only my personal opinion.
Mar 13, 2012
Lessons from Czechland
As an American expat and teacher embarking upon my second year in Prague, I’ve been reflecting on some of the experiences and lessons I’ve learned in my time in this fascinating, exciting city.
Feb 13, 2012
How my experience started in Prague
My life in Prague started when through my university I participated in Erasmus Program. At first I was afraid because my level of English at that moment wasn't good like almost all Spanish people. But fortunately I have improved.
Jan 6, 2012
Prague: the crossroad between east and west
I was waiting with big excitement to move to the historical city of Prague. But hearing so much about it and visiting a couple of times isn’t the same thing as actually living here. But it feels like home after only one month, thanks to the people and the amazing adventures.
Dec 9, 2011
I would like to take you back, back to August 1989 in Prague, Czechoslovakia, I arrived in that month to carry out an electrical refurbishment contract in the British Embassy in Prague.
Aug 30, 2011
Do I Count as Expat?
‘Do I really count as an expat?’ I ask myself sometimes. We – and by we I mean our nations – used to share emperors, presidents, our people used to fight besides or against each other. Not that I had any reasonable memory about those times, of course not, but you know, historians ‘say so’...
Jul 19, 2011
Prague Must Do’s
Most visitors to Prague will do the usual tourist “thing”. This includes a visit to Prague Castle, Old Town, Winsislaus Square and so on. A little more time or another day could allow a leisurely walk along the Vltava, lunch at the café near Charles Bridge where one can watch fishermen and local folks enjoy virtually every kind of water sport from kayaking, sailing etc.
Jun 13, 2011
My experience in Prague
When I first came to Prague to study I did not know exactly what to expect as I have never lived in other cities apart from my hometown Tbilisi, in Georgia.
May 13, 2011
Ups and Downs of Being a Foreigner
Being a foreigner living in a different country can be both exciting and very scary, as living in a foreign country for an extended period of time is completely different than throwing on your back pack, stopping at the hot tourist spots, packing up and leaving a few days later.
Apr 7, 2011
The week before Christmas I went to the Foreign Police to collect my visa that was supposed to be ready by December 25. I didn't have much hope that it would be ready, but I thought I'd try because I had some free time.