tips that will make your life so much easier abroad
Coming this far to the end of the semester, this blog topic brings me back to the advices my friends gave me when I was trying to decide on a site. The one that stuck with me was “Go to a place you don’t know much about or you see yourself not going there if you don’t go now” This combined with cheap prices, travel convenience, classes offered and fellow friends all contributed to my final decision-Prague. It’s a small city but one of the beautiful I’ve seen. I will truly miss my time here. Now, for students who intend to study abroad in Prague, here are my advices
Packing for Prague:
1. Converter and extension cord– Prague uses a regular European converter so make sure to have one or two for that matter. I would advise to either get a world pack or a universal one just because Ireland and the UK uses a different converter in case you want to visit there. On that note, it’ll also be nice to pack a US extension cord to charge multiple devices.
2. Credit card and Debit card- while abroad, you will be using ATMs and credit cards but it’s best to have the right type of card if you want to lessen or avoid ATM withdrawal fees. I switched to TD for a $3 fee per withdraw instead of $5 with another bank but Capital One does not charge. Trust me, it adds up. Credit card with a chip and pin is widely accepted in Europe and would never have a problem. But, if you have a regular American swipe card, you might encounter problems on certain machines.
1. Basic Czech Phrases- It’s useful to learn some Czech or even just some of the basics to order food and basic greetings. People will appreciate the effort. PS: also know how to say your dorm name correctly because for Machova Dorm, depending on the way you say it, it can be three places in Prague. I learned it the hard way.
2. Get involved in the community - There are many opportunities to get involved through internships and volunteers. This is a great way to spend your time, interact with the locals, and make a solid presence and impact.
1. Plan ahead- flights can be cheap or expensive, depending on how early you book it. So, make sure to plan ahead and book ahead to save some travel money!
2. Radost weekend brunch-If you are hungry for a good American Breakfast, just head over to Radost in Vinohrady and have one of the best American brunch you’ll have here. My favorite is the Salmon Omelet and blueberry waffle.
3. Explore Prague early- you’ll be surprised how crowded Prague can get from all the visiting tourists that start to come around March. So, it’s best to do the Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Astronomical Clock, and many others before they come.
4. Go on NYU Prague sponsored day and night trips-they are great and free! It’s a great way to explore Czech Republic outside of Prague.
One last advice, always keep an open mind and use all of your senses to get to know a city. Hope you find this helpful!
image show's a plate of Radost's weekend brunch special