8.07.2015

I'm Alive and Well...in Europe!


Dobry den!

That means "good day" in Czech, by the way. ;)

As you can see, I am alive. And...I'm also finally coming to you from Europe. My blog posts lately have been few and far between, and those few and far between posts were always full of me ranting and raving about preparing for Prague. So now, I can move from talking non-stop about preparing to talking non-stop about actually being here.

The past week has been a whirlwind. It's only now that I"m reflecting on it that I'm realizing how busy it has truly been. Last weekend was full of travel, which luckily went very smoothly. (Plus, I was lucky enough to have a 12-hour layover in London and do some exploring with one of my high school friends who lives in the area.) By the time I got to my flat here in Prague, it was around 12:30am last Sunday. I was exhausted, the time change had me all discombobulated, and the fatigue had me in a mindset that consisted of, "What in the world am I doing?" Of course, I felt better after I slept for about 10 hours.

Sunday was the orientation for TEFL Worldwide, which is the organization I am training with to earn my TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) certification. I met all of my classmates, and I can honestly say that every single one of them are wonderful. I also got a "first look" at the city on Sunday, and let me tell you...the photos on the internet that I have been drooling over for the past 7 months do not do this place justice. The architecture is phenomenal, and there is an undeniable charm about the place.

Being in a new country, with a different culture and a different language has certainly been interesting. Living in a non-English speaking country puts a twist on everything from commuting to grocery shopping. It is rather intimidating, but also strangely exciting. There is something about being able to obtain what you need, whether it's food or a metro pass, that makes you feel accomplished. The language and culture here just adds to the Prague "vibe," and I love it. I also hope to pick up some of the language while I'm here.

The majority of my week has been spent in class. Let me tell you...TEFL programs are tough. They pretty much force you to hit the ground running. We were expected to teach lessons to native Czech speakers on our second day of the course. We taught three lessons total this week, which means we basically had an extensive lesson plan to do each night. If we aren't teaching, we are in class learning, and if we aren't in class or teaching, we are observing other lessons. It's basically teaching boot camp. Yet, even though it's stressful, it's still somehow fun. It's also really great that we get to teach actual Czech students during our training. They are wonderful.

I suppose that's about everything that has been going on so far. Of course, in my free time, I have also been working on searching for teaching jobs and permanent housing, trying to perfect my resume, and making sure I'm staying on top of the Visa process. It's a lot, and my brain is overloaded. I'm also pretty sure I still have jet lag, but it does seem to be getting better. It has been a crazy ride so far folks, but I can say with enthusiasm that I know I am exactly where I am supposed to be right now.

Well, I am signing off. I do believe it's past my bedtime.

Nashledanov! (I'm sure you can gather that is goodbye in Czech.)
Vicky Hunt said...

Love it and love you! This picture is so pretty...I love the swan shaped boat! If it wasn't going to be winter when I visit, I would have to ride in a swan!

Always, Mama

Steve Finnell said...

THE MAJORITY HAS NEVER BEEN RIGHT BY STEVE FINNELL

When the subject of Christianity has been debated the majority has never been right.

The majority of first century Jews rejected Jesus as the messiah.---The majority has never been right.

John 4:25, 26 The woman said to Him. "I know that Messiah is coming" (who is called Christ). "When He comes, He will tell us all things."
26 Jesus said to her. "I who speak to you am He."(NKJV)

The majority of world rejects Jesus as the only Savior.---The majority has never been right.

Acts 4:10-12 ...the name of Jesus Christ.....12 "Nor is there no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."(NKJV)

The majority of those who claim to be Christians believe the false doctrine of original sin. They believe that because Adam and Eve sinned that all men are guilty of spiritual sin at birth. They believe in inherited sin.---The majority has never been right.

Ezekiel 18:20 "The soul that sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. (NKJV)

No man has inherited the guilt of Adam. Men will face spiritual death because of their own sins.

Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned---(NKJV)

Death spread to all men because all men have sinned.

The majority of those who claim Jesus as Savior believe that modes of water baptism are sprinkling and pouring---The majority has never been right.

Mark 16:16 Whoever trusts and is immersed will be saved; whoever does not trust will be condemned. (Complete Jewish Bible)
Mark 16:16 He who has believed, and has been immersed, will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. (The Better Version of the New Testament by Chester Estes)

There are no translations that translate Mark 16:16 as such, "He who believes and has been sprinkled or poured shall be saved."---The majority has never been right.

The majority of Baptist believe that water baptism is not essential to the forgiveness of sins and that once you are saved you can never be lost---The majority of Baptists have never been right.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.(NKJV)
Galatians 5:1-4.....you have fallen from grace.(NKJV)

The majority of those who claim to be Christian believe that their church denomination is the final authority when it comes to faith and practice of the Christian faith---The majority has never been right.

The word of God found in the Bible and the Bible alone is not only the final authority, but the only authority for mankind.

THE MAJORITY WILL NOT BE GOING TO HEAVEN

Matthew 7:13-14 "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 "Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.(NKJV)

If the majority were always right there would be many who find life eternal, however---The majority has never been right.

Luke 13:23-24 Then one said to Him, "Lord, are there few who are saved?" And He said to them, 24 "Strive to enter the narrow gate for many, I say to you, will seek to enter and will not be able.(NKJV)



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Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Good for you. Such a fantastic adventure. I came over from your mom's blog. Can't wait to hear more about your new life.

Kelly-Anne said...

Oh Miranda...I am loving that above picture! So beautiful...I am sure you're so excited to be in Prague! What a wonderful and thrilling opportunity! I admire your adventurous spirit!
I am visiting you after reading your mom's lovely post...I will certainly stop by again soon!
Until then, have a wonderful, wonderful Sunday and enjoy!
Hugs,
Kelly-Anne

Little Vintage Cottage said...

Hello Miranda, I'm a blogging friend of your mom's and I thought I'd pop in to say hello and congratulations on your move! It sounds as if everything is going great so that's great!

I admire you for making the decision to follow your heart no matter how scary it may be. I'm sure it was a difficult decision to leave your family but I know they are all so proud of you.

You go girl! Enjoy your life and follow your heart!

Tania

Kelli @Kellibeans said...

Glad you are loving it, can't wait to see more pictures!!

Connie said...

Hi Miranda, I am so delighted that you are living your dream. Hopefully things will slow down so that you have more time to explore after your boot camp training. Here's wishing you the very best of all life experiences.
God Bless.
Connie :)

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