Prague

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    Mar 30, 2014 11:34 PM GMT
    I'm considering a move to Prague for work. It seems that anyone I know who has been there is quite enthusiastic, but I haven't heard from anyone who has lived there. I've read that it has a lot of expats and is one of the top tourist destinations in Europe, although still having quite cheap cost of living. I'm pretty sure the culture will be something completely different from the British, French or Scandinavian that I'm used to. Has anybody lived there? I'm wondering about how easy it would be to get a good apartment.
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    Apr 01, 2014 4:12 AM GMT
    kandsk saidI'm considering a move to Prague for work. It seems that anyone I know who has been there is quite enthusiastic, but I haven't heard from anyone who has lived there. I've read that it has a lot of expats and is one of the top tourist destinations in Europe, although still having quite cheap cost of living. I'm pretty sure the culture will be something completely different from the British, French or Scandinavian that I'm used to. Has anybody lived there? I'm wondering about how easy it would be to get a good apartment.

    All of what you heard is true. In addition, the food is amazing, the city itself is among the most beautiful in the world, it's small enough to walk pretty much everywhere, and people are friendly if you learn one or two words in Czech.

    Sorry I can't help you about apartments, since I haven't lived there either. But I'll be curious to know, as I'd move to Prague in a heartbeat.
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    Apr 01, 2014 11:19 PM GMT
    shortbutsweet saidAll of what you heard is true. In addition, the food is amazing, the city itself is among the most beautiful in the world, it's small enough to walk pretty much everywhere, and people are friendly if you learn one or two words in Czech.

    Sorry I can't help you about apartments, since I haven't lived there either. But I'll be curious to know, as I'd move to Prague in a heartbeat.


    I take it as quite a good sign that most people who respond say they'd move there in a heartbeat if they could! Regarding Czech, I would definitely have to learn as much as possible.
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    Apr 02, 2014 12:31 AM GMT
    I can tell you first hand about Prague since I lived there for 17 years. The food isn't fabulous - at least not Czech food. The better restaurants do have a more international cuisine but you pay for it. Beer is what's the best in the world and there is a freedom there that you just don't get in the US.

    Clothing and shopping in general is expensive and most Czechs and most expats go to Germany on weekend shopping trips for anything from clothing to electronics to food items that are still not found in Czech.

    The grocery stores cater to the lowest common denominator so you'll see old produce everywhere. A friend from Berlin who works for the German coffee company Tchibo told me once that Czech gets the "seconds" because they just won't pay for better coffee.

    While most young Czechs speak English and probably three other languages, Czech is expected when you shop and dine. It's not an easy language and is sometimes compared to Chinese. If you plan on being there a while you need to learn it. If you plan to have permanent residence or a driver's license you need to be practically fluent.

    And lastly, Czechs have become almost xenophobic. While they were very welcoming in the early days they now say "thank you, go home" and prefer to deal with fellow Czechs in business. They are very cliquish (if that's the right word). They stick together and the gay life is nowhere near what it is here. Actually, it borders on boring.

    That said, it's a beautiful country. The countryside is gorgeous - until winter when it gets gray for months on end - and did I mention the beer? icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 02, 2014 1:03 AM GMT
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    shortbutsweet saidAll of what you heard is true. In addition, the food is amazing, the city itself is among the most beautiful in the world, it's small enough to walk pretty much everywhere, and people are friendly if you learn one or two words in Czech.

    Sorry I can't help you about apartments, since I haven't lived there either. But I'll be curious to know, as I'd move to Prague in a heartbeat.


    I take it as quite a good sign that most people who respond say they'd move there in a heartbeat if they could! Regarding Czech, I would definitely have to learn as much as possible.

    I've studied several languages, and Czech was by far the hardest of them. I prepared for six months before I went to Prague. Which, incidentally, I damn near moved to after spending a month there. It is an amazing city. My vocal group gave some concerts there and then after they left I stayed on to play with a jazz combo for a three-week stint. The audiences were funny....very appreciative but completely undemonstrative, almost stern, during the sets. But then they would erupt into applause. (I mean the jazz audiences.)
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    Apr 02, 2014 4:58 AM GMT
    jayatl56 saidI can tell you first hand about Prague since I lived there for 17 years. The food isn't fabulous - at least not Czech food. The better restaurants do have a more international cuisine but you pay for it.

    I was there for only three nights, so I may have gotten lucky with the food. The first night, it was roast wild pheasant, and it was out of this world. It was around 11PM, and the place was closing. But they must have seen the ravenous look on my face and let me in. I almost never do this, but I went back to the same restaurant the next night, for the venison. I typically stay in a different place each night when I travel, and that place was on the other side of town the second night, but it was just so good. The third night, after recovering from a rather inconvenient migraine headache that kept me from taking up a friendly young man on an invitation, I wandered into a wine bar in Ujezd. There I had what may have been the best meal of my life. Medallions of pork with plum sauce, foie gras with cranberries and freshly-baked toast points, scalloped potatoes, and of course the wine the server recommended. It was heaven, and it cost less than US$20 with tip. You can spend a lot more than that for the international restaurants in Prague, but fortunately I didn't have to.
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    Apr 02, 2014 4:17 PM GMT
    I love Becherovka for some reason. It's an interesting alcohol, herbs/spices but not as heavy as Jaeger. Also, bring some back for me please icon_razz.gif
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    Apr 02, 2014 4:48 PM GMT
    swolegasm saidI love Becherovka for some reason. It's an interesting alcohol, herbs/spices but not as heavy as Jaeger. Also, bring some back for me please icon_razz.gif

    Me too! I developed my taste for it over there. It is now imported into the U.S. (it wasn't when I first came back). Your liquor store can order it for you.