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?
I’ve been in Prague for a little bit over a month now, and starting to adjust and get used to life here. Traveling to a new country means encountering new cultural customs and traditions, and being here in Prague is no different. There are a slew of cultural differences, a few of which I’m going to outline below. You’ll also find out what I think about them, how I’m adjusting to them so far, and how they make me think of America differently. Hopefully this can give you a little taste of how being in Prague works!
Before I even start the content of this update, I must apologize for how late this is! It always seems like I have so much to write about and so little time to do it! So forgive me, but here is the long-awaited update.
I know that the title I used usually refers to winter and holidays…but for me the most wonderful time of the year is fall! And fall is a great time to be in Prague. Last weekend was the unofficial kickoff of fall here, and so many things are going on in the city! There are a lot of fall festivals in Prague, which center around celebrating the harvest, celebrating alternative ways of living in Prague, and celebrating friends and family with music, food, and drink. One thing to keep in mind, is that you can never be sure of what will happen next at a festival in Prague!