Everybody who has spent time in a different country knows that expat life is not quite like anything else in the world. The confusion of the first few days and weeks, the slow, but steady process of acclimation, the little peculiarities and quirks that might strike you about your new surroundings: almost any situation you encounter can make for a great story. If you are so inclined and want to blog about it, of course!
Our InterNations recommended blog section features talented expat bloggers from around the world. Their offerings to the blogosphere have been selected for their great entries and high quality, whether they may be funny, informative, interesting, deeply personal or a combination of all of the above.
Let’s hear from our featured bloggers in Prague:
As a remote worker, living in a small village some 40km away from the center of Prague, I can't really say that it was easy socializing. Prague is a big city full of expats, though. Through forums, a couple of social networking events (*cough* InterNations Activities and mixers *cough*) and rock climbing, I did manage to find some like-minded fellow expats though.
The most significant problem is the language. If you are not particularly skilled – what definitely is not the case with me – you need a very long time to be somewhat fluent in Czech. Also, life in Prague is quite expensive, if you compare expenses like rent and the local average income with many other places in Europe.
Traveling has taught me to be open and tolerant of differences and to adapt quickly. I really feel I could feel at home anywhere in Europe and by now I have friends in almost every European country. I wouldn’t say I had any cultural shock, but it was interesting to meet the rest of Europe I hadn’t had the chance to meet in London or Dublin where I previously lived.
Keep an open mind and remember that things might take a while to be quite as amazing as you’d hoped, this isn’t “home” but if you let it, Prague will take you in and put you under its spell, and you’ll love it.
I didn't have any real trouble getting used to my new circumstances nor did I experience culture shock. I think this was due to having spent many weeks of holiday in various parts of continental Europe, (though not in the Czech Republic), and having a German wife who often says that many things she experiences here, are like the Germany she remembers from twenty or thirty years ago.
We didn’t think we were experiencing culture shock, but after a solid week of being cranky at each other, we looked up a culture shock chart online and, sure enough, we were at the point (5 to 6 months) where it’s usually the worst.