Na shleda-NO, I’m Never Going Home

Na Shledanou (Pronounced like “nah-skla-da-no”) is the Czech way of saying Goodbye and one of the 5 Czech words I know. I also know the words for hello, thank you, please and beer!

It just hit me that I have a month left in the Czech Republic. A lot of the people in my building are from other schools and they only have a week or two left, so their stress about leaving is rubbing off on me a little bit (even though a month is kind of a long time). I am a sentimental human and I like to reflect on my experiences so here is a list of my observations of the Czech Republic, my internship, and my experience abroad

My Internship is way too quiet for me

Going into this experience, I knew I wouldn’t be too interested in my internship. I am passionate about social work and human services and I knew that a business/marketing internship would not be my jam, however, I knew I wanted to study abroad in Prague so I figured I would suck it up and have a new work experience. I’ve learned that the business world is DEFINITELY not for me. I love my boss and coworker and my company has been very good to me, but I am not passionate about my work and I am alone for most of the day. Sometimes it’s nice to have that quiet time but I’m definitely too much of a people person to be sitting alone at a desk all day.

I’m Really Homesick

I am very surprised that I am homesick, as I had a pretty good transition to college 3 years ago with minimal homesickness but something about being in Europe is hitting me hard. I miss my friends and family and I REALLY miss Pittsburgh. I’ve been living in Pittsburgh for the last three years (I stay in Oakland for the summer every year) and I find myself thinking about the good ole’ steel city all the time.

I’m still not accustomed to Czech Culture

I’ve done a pretty good job at getting used to the big things (like going to restaurants, using public transportation, etc.), it’s the little things that still throw me off. Examples include having to pay for water at restaurants, seeing everybody in Prague dress like it’s 2006, and realizing grocery stores have 40 different options of mustard but not things that I consider “staples” like black beans, salad dressing, and hot sauce. Other things that are very different from the US are how open people are with PDA and the fact that people don’t say “bless you” when you sneeze.

I’m way more interested in politics

At home, I feel like I always have a pretty constant stream of information about politics thrown at me. Here in Prague, US news isn’t broadcasted so I have to actively seek out information about what is going on in the US. This has peaked my interest in politics- there are so many articles to read to feel like i’m really caught up on current events.

There is so much to experience & so little time

I like living a pretty relaxed life- my version of a perfect day is going to a coffee shop, reading a book, and hanging out in a park. Being abroad is weird because there is a big pressure to always be doing something cool. There is so much to experience here in Prague and I know I won’t be able to experience all of it, which makes me kind of sad. Even though I’m homesick, I still wish I had a lot more time here so I could fit everything in and experience it all.