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Ten tips for living in Prague

Jeff has been living and teaching in Prague since completing his Oxford Trinity Cert TESOL in September 2014. He shares his experience and Top 10 reasons to live and work in Prague below.

  1. Visit one of the countless festivals going on throughout the year. Food festivals are quite common and you can sample many local restaurants. Entrance is usually free or less than $3 USD. They are typically held throughout the city or at the exhibition grounds at Holeš.
  1. Take one of the trams out of the center of town to get more authentic feel of Prague. With public transit inexpensive and quite extensive, you can go at your leisure anytime. Explore the many parks and neighborhoods throughout Prague. Some favorites are Riegrovy, Letna, and Havlíčkovy sady.

Prague

  1. Do as the locals do and visit one of the farmers markets. The main markets are at Jiřího z Poděbrad, Andel, Naplavka, and IP Pavlova. Each location is open on a different day, usually from March-October, offering up a variety of seasonal fruits, drinks, baked goods, and artsy goods.
  1. Have a question or want to know what’s going on in the city? Join one of the helpful Facebook sites. (“CrowdSauce” or “Expats in Prague-Unite”) to findevents, meet new people, or join a group. Expats.cz also publishes a monthly “What to Do in Prauge” article with many great tips.
  1. Venture outside your comfort zone and don’t just shop at grocery stores like Tesco, Billa, or Alberts. The city is full of individual meat, bread, and cheese shops so be adventurous and try something new! Word of caution: Many are not open on Sundays (Day of Rest). However, every other day offers fresh meats, cheese, or pastries for very reasonable prices!
  1. Take one of the popular bus lines for an easy day-trip outside of Prague. The countryside offers a seemingness endless supply of castles, chateaus, or parks to visit. Student Agency and Eurolines offer dozens or departures from the city’s main bus station, Florenc. Prague is also well served by trains from one of the 2 train stations in the city center. Bus or train offer reasonable prices with many on-going deals to make a cheap getaway easily accessible.
  1. If you need wifi, hop into any cafe or restaurant, where it’s usually free. While there, sample some fresh coffee for less than $3 USD, relax, and people watch. If you’re between classes, it’s a great place to relax and unwind.Prague River
  1. Wander the streets. Prague is a VERY walkable city so don’t worry about getting lost and being too far from anything…somehow you always find yourself led to the river or Old Town Square. If you do get disoriented, just ask someone…they are usually willing to help you find your way. Also, as a city with the nickname “A City of 100 Spires” you can orient yourself quite fast.
  1. Try to learn some basic Czech, such as dobrý den (good day), ahoj (hello), děkuji (thank you), and na shledanou (goodbye). Locals appreciate the attempt. If you end up working for one of the many language schools in Prague, most offer discounted courses for teacher.
  1. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Whether food, drink, activity, adventure, this is your story, so make it the best one you can. While McDonald’s, KFC, and Starbucks are here, resist the temptation and try some döner kebab, roasted pork knee (pictured), or  some trdelník.

Living in Prague has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am continuously impressed with the history, sites, people, and events in the city. This isn’t the Czechoslovakia that your parents spoke about. It’s a vibrant city that isn’t afraid to try new things, while still holding onto its old world charm.Give it a shot- you never know what you may discover!

If you are considering taking a TEFL course in Prague visit our Trinity Cert. TESOL course page here, apply here or get in touch to find out more.

For more information or to follow Jeff’s experience and travels, go to his blog at jeffsteacie.wordpress.com

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