The changing of seasons also brings the anticipation of the holidays. However, there is a much different vibe regarding the holiday season, especially Thanksgiving.
It has come to the point in the year when the weather really begins to take a toll and affect the semester here in Prague. We had the first snow quite early (in October) and since then, it has been increasingly cold and dark. Thus, there are a lot of changes in the overall mood and energy level in Prague.
Before I came to Prague, there was one thing that I was uneducated about and thus a little worried about: the food. I had never heard anyone rave about Czech cuisine – like they do for Italy or France – so I was unsure of what to expect. Everyone I talked to was worried that I would only be eating “meat and potatoes” for every meal. Who wants to eat meat and potatoes every day? Now while there are a lot of meals involving meat and potatoes, fortunately there is a lot more delicious variance in Czech cuisine. Most meals are pretty heavy – because they are to be eaten at the pub with beer – but there are still plenty of options if you are looking for lighter fare, or are a vegetarian, etc. Here’s a look at the typical Czech meals and foods.
One of the great things about CIEE is that they offer a variety of volunteering opportunities with local Czech organizations around Prague. There are many reasons to volunteer while abroad: to build your resume, to give back to the community, to learn about various organizations, to immerse yourself more fully in Czech culture, and to foster relationships with Czech people.
So far in my blogs, I’ve been writing about culture, festivals, and how to adjust to a different way of life in Prague. Seems like I’m just on vacation, doesn’t it? Though we didn’t have class the first few weeks of the program, we did finally start class in the middle of September! I was really looking forward to all of my courses and taking class here in Prague, so I’m really excited to tell you what classes are like here in Prague. How does my program compare and contrast to a semester at IU?