I actually speak quite a bit of English here though I should be putting more focus on Czech. I’m blessed with great teachers at the Gymnázium and a family with whom I can communicate really well. But sometimes things don’t get across. And it gets frustrating and tired and lonely. Sometimes, it’s hilarious. Take for example … Continue reading Communication Issues
Two years later update: Native Tišnov residents, I do know that Tišnov is not a village. But it seemed like it at the time! Village is a funny word in English. It implies the simple and rustic. The ancient and agricultural. A symbiotic organization of life that probably doesn’t exist in the modern U.S….or not the one … Continue reading Village Life
This weekend, I finally got to go to Praha! I have another orientation there in two weeks, so I wanted to do some of my own exploring beforehand. Prague is a 3.5 hour train ride away, so it’s quite a commitment. However, when you get to Prague, you can feel pleasantly surprised that the subway … Continue reading The Road Less Traveled in Prague (Part I)
Time is moving so fast! I am teaching my second class today- next week I will be working nearly the full 20 hours/week. This post is about a week and a half overdue- in fact, I am going to Brno again today to register with the foreign police and extend my work visa fully. Brno (burr-no, … Continue reading Brno: the Manhattan to my Long Island
After about a week and a half of acclimating to life here, I was getting antsy to begin. On a rainy morning, we arrived at the school and I went to the English office to meet the teachers. This morning was basically a lot of meeting people and administration and being shown around the school. I share an office … Continue reading The First Day at Gymnázium Tišnov
Yesterday afternoon, I was going to borrow my mentor’s bike to go for a ride while the family was out for a birthday party, but when I tried it out in the front yard, it was too big for me. I put it back into the house foyer and closed the front door. I had … Continue reading Mushroom = Máš rum [maash room] = Do you have rum?
August 21, 2014. 3:45pm: arrive at airport in Prague, and pass through it quickly on the way to Hlavní nádraži, main train station. 6pm: board train to Tišnov, where I am teaching. 9:15pm: be thankfully whisked off the train by my mentor, her husband, and the head English teacher. I am taken to my new … Continue reading Vítejte v České republice!