Lorenzo: Come to Prague
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. Who you are, where you come from, when you moved to Prague, etc.
I am Italian software developer that’s been roaming around Europe for the last nine years. I moved to Prague six years ago because of a job offer and as Kafka put it, find it difficult to leave ;-)
When and why did you decide to start blogging about your experiences?
Prague is an extremely touristic city in the way that it doesn’t make it easy for visitors to discern the wheat from the chaff so I decided that I could share a little bit of my experience. Plus I always loved to write.
Do you have any favorite blog entries of yours?
As an Italian myself I like the article where I talk about Italian tourists in Prague.
Tell us about the ways your new life in Prague differs from that back home. Did you have trouble getting used to the new circumstances? Did you experience culture shock?
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.
Do you think you were fully prepared for what awaited you in Prague? If you could, would you change some decisions/preparations you made?
I moved to Prague with a two weeks notice. I thought I wouldn’t stay for long but then I’m still here after six years. I found my life here and got to the point that I wouldn’t even like moving to another neighbourhood in Prague. I have favourite places where I go running, favourite cafés, friends and generally enjoy a much fuller life than what I had in Italy.
Every expat knows that expat life comes with some hilarious anecdotes and funny experiences. Care to share one with us?
Well I got some but they’re just too embarrassing to tell.
Which three tips would you like to give future expats before they embark on their new life in Prague?
- Join a big international company: they assist you with the important stuff and it’s easier to blend in.
- Even if you could choose not to live alone at the beginning
- Take it easy: you’re in a foreign country. Keep a low profile be tolerant and try not to be positive about it. It’s also a much better way to live life!
How is the expat community in Prague? Did you have a hard time finding like-minded people or fellow expats?
Joining a big and open international company in Prague like Monster helped me meet a lot of people and make friends rather easily. Then thanks to the Internet the life of an expat just got a helluva a lot easier.
How would you summarize your expat life in Prague in a single, catchy sentence?
Someone said something that I totally agree with: “Prague isn’t just a city, but an entity of some kind”. You feel it at night in the winter when the only sound is that of your feet creaking in the snow, you feel it when the sunset hits the roofs making them look like they’re about to burn and every time you follow some ghost in the dark alleys of the old town.