Czech Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

The title of this blog is dedicated to myself when crossing the streets, as I have almost gotten hit by a tram approximately 3 times since arriving in Prague.

My first week in the program flew by. I can’t believe I have been in the Czech Republic for two weeks now (I arrived a week early with my dad and got to explore Prague with him, which was an awesome experience). I have seen so much of the city and am starting to feel at home in my dorm room, despite it being the first time in two years that I have shared a room with another human being.

A quick rundown of the week thus far:

Monday- I arrived to my housing on Máchova in Vinohrady located in Prague 2. I unpacked my things, walked around a bit and got a feel of the neighborhood, nothing too exciting.

Tuesday- We had orientation in the morning at the EUSA office where we talked about workplace culture, housing rules, and learned some general knowledge about the Czech Republic. Later that day I went grocery shopping which was an experience to say the least. Everything was in Czech but I managed to find things that I liked/was familiar with so I think it worked out.

Wednesday- Our group took a four hour walking tour of Prague and, even though it was long and my feet hurt by the end of it, I learned a lot about Prague and our tour guide was very knowledgable. At night we had a welcome dinner featuring traditional Czech foods like bread dumplings and gravy, cabbage, and duck. All of this food was served with a side of good company and I washed it all down with a Kozel (My personal favorite brand of Beer in Prague. Much better than Pilsner in my humble opinion).

Thursday- I had a meet and greet with my company, Unicare Health Center, which is a center specializing in providing healthcare to the international population in the Czech Republic. I got to talk to my supervisors, get a tour of the company, and learn more about what I will be doing all summer. From the looks of it, I will be working with their marketing and outreach team to figure out best ways to promote Unicare to potential clients.

Friday- Today was a free day for me and I spent it enjoying the beautiful weather, going for a run, and hanging out with friends.

Saturday- Another free day. I walked to a coffeeshop close to my dorm, got a cappuccino, and read a book outside. After that, my roommates and I went to the city center to check out a museum, got dinner, and then went on a quick tour of cafes and restaurants in Vinohrady led one of the program directors.

Sunday- I’m writing this post on Saturday night, so it hasn’t happened yet but tomorrow we will be visiting a place about an hour away from Prague called Kutná Hora.

There was a quick summary of my week. I can’t wait to start my internship on Monday- there is so much for me to learn while i’m here and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the summer will bring.