Being an expat isn’t always easy, but it’s definitely interesting and an adventure!
Prague isn’t the same place that it was five years ago, when I first came here to start a new chapter in my life as a university student. Back in 2012, Prague was much less open than it is nowadays. Prague is now considered a European cultural metropolis. Events and happenings take place every day, all over the city. Off the top of my head: museum nights, open-air festivals, food festivals, you name it! Being a student in Prague is a blessing! It is true that sometimes study is extremely demanding, but it would be unfair to say that you can’t enjoy the perks of being a student too. Nights out, travelling all over Europe, enjoying an endless list of activities at a cheap prices is alone a genuinely fulfilling experience. The fact that the Czech Republic is located right in the middle of Europe allows you to travel often and conveniently.
I am originally from the historic city of Athens (Greece), a city of over 5 million people where the term “time efficiency” is unknown. The way that this city allows me to use my time effectively is something that I have appreciated since day one. What really impressed me, though, was the tremendous number of parks and open spaces one can find in Prague, and what was even more remarkable, the number of people filling them every day, all year round. The Czechs have a deep cultural respect for nature and this has a tremendous impact into their lifestyle and temperament.
When I first came here, I remember setting myself some kind of deadline for returning home. It looks like I was really wrong. My choice to study physiotherapy at Charles University gave me a great opportunity to work with one of the leading companies in the medical industry! This was an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that’s worth sharing! Prague is a great, safe city, full of opportunities for those who look for them. The Czech Republic has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe, and that fact alone has massively contributed to the internationalization of many districts of Prague. Now you can hear to people talking English, Spanish, French all over the city, which is more friendly to foreigners. It doesn’t matter if you’re a young student, a scientist, an entrepreneur or an artist: Prague is truly a dream city.