Adjusting to Real Life

I feel like my time in Prague has just begun, but apparently, it’s already been three weeks! After my weekend away in Berlin, I was relieved to have a week of rest and getting back into a schedule. This week especially I have felt more solid about my place in Prague. With the first week of my internship under my belt, I feel more confident about what my life will be like for the next 6 weeks. During my first week of working, I took the 12 tram to work everyday, which was convenient because there is a tram stop, Delnicka, 4 minutes from my apartment and it takes me to a stop directly outside my office. However, the tram ride there takes at least 40 minutes, so this week I decided to try a new form of transportation, the metro. Before this, I had only used the metro one other time during a trip we took with EUSA, so I was a little nervous about taking it by myself. I figured out that the closest metro stop to me is about a 10 minute walk, and then I can take the red C line for about 5 minutes and then transfer to the yellow B line for about 15 minutes. The metro stop closest to my office is practically right underneath it so it only takes a minute to get there, and this shortens my commute to roughly 30 minutes. I wasn’t sure at first if this extra work would be worth a 10 minute shorter commute, but now that I’ve tried it I can’t go back. The trams I would have taken don’t have air conditioning and they take longer so I’m often sweating for 40 minutes straight. On my metro route, I have to walk farther but it’s a nice walk that often isn’t too hot in the morning and since the metro is underground it is so much cooler than the tram. Even though I have to transfer metros, it is an easy process that I don’t really find annoying at all and it’s still cool because its underground.

I am definitely having a problem with the heat here, which is just as bad if not better than it is in the US but at least at home every building has air conditioning to save you from the heat outside. In Prague, there is no air conditioning anywhere practically in the entire city, not even malls and restaurants have it, so all you feel is the constant heat! I honestly can’t tell if my office has air conditioning, I never hear any whirring air sounds or see anyone adjusting the temperature, but I am also rarely hot in the office. I guess they just have some great air flow or maybe there’s air conditioning somewhere else in the building that’s keeping everything fairly cool. In fact, sometimes I even get a little chilly in the office and have to put on a cardigan. I definitely don’t have this problem at home where we have one fan rotating between me and Abby’s beds trying its best to keep everything cool while we sleep. It hasn’t been too bad at night yet, but I have woken up feeling pretty hot with the covers on and had to kick them off.

I’m also still adjusting to how the office runs. I am usually pretty okay with understanding tasks that are given to me, but that’s because they are often given to me by my co-worker, Audri, who is American. Last week, we had our weekly meeting with our client, a shoe company called Bata, and one of Bata marketing managers asked us to come up with numbers for him about the economically active population in each country that is on social media. I actually didn’t really get all of that until after the meeting when Aubri was trying to figure out what to do about this task and explained what he really meant. He is Czech and his English is good, but it can often be confusing to hear his accent and understand what he means when he uses certain phrases I would never think of. He is also in general just a kind of confusing person to work with because it is often not clear what he actually means when he’s giving tasks. After figuring out what he actually meant, we tried to find the data he was looking for, but we didn’t have any resources for this type of information already so I was mostly googling and searching the internet. I emailed back and forth with the client, Alex, asking if one resource would work even though it didn’t have very recent dates, or if another one would be okay even though it didn’t specify the economic activities of the population. Eventually, I found a data set that had enough of what Alex wanted to be acceptable, but it took some time and patience to figure out what he wanted and what was and wasn’t acceptable. This task was exciting, however, because I am starting to be given some more responsibility in the office! I am looking forward to next week when we are supposed to start work on a new video series. Until next time!