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.)