Expat in Prague

It still takes a while for me to realize that I am no longer a tourist in Prague but I actually live and work here. There are many reasons  I chose to relocate to Prague: Not only the interesting job offer I received but also the low living cost in Czech, which makes it a popular destination for young expats relocating to Europe. The city’s rich history and beautiful architecture are among other thousand reasons. In the summer, Prague is really a popular tourist destination. Summer is also the high season to visit this beautiful city.

The most famous tourist attractions are old town square, Charles bridge, Prague castle and Prague astronomical clock. Did I mention the amazing Czech beer? Yes, I strongly believe that Czech beer is among the best in the world. I am not a beer drinker, but the feeling of drinking a cold Czech beer with friends in a hot summer night is incredible.

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Living in beautiful Prague

I decided for a one month ago to move to Prague, Czech Republic and work.

I have been travel to Prague for two years ago and I love this city. Prague is one of the most beautiful cities I have seen. After spending three days in this charming city I found myself thinking that it would be great to have chance to live here for a while. Little did I know my wish indeed came true.

The reason I chose Prague is I have been working in multiple countries so moving to Prague is a very natural process for me. I can say that I am an expert when it comes to North America and Asia but I know so little about Central Europe. That’s why living in Prague gives me the chance to  to explore more about this part of Europe. The experiences are so far so good, I have nothing to complain about my current situation. I am still in training period at work and there are  a lot of things to learn but I am very excited. Really looking forward to spend some years here.

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 After work with my colleagues- we are a bunch of young expats from different 
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       My colleague introduced the traditional Slovak alcohol - Hruškovice, made of pears

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                         Happy to receive traditional Czech sausage

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                             Czech wedding in the country side

 

Self- doubts and Successes

Home after two long business meetings. I am exhausted. On the way home, while sitting in the bus I almost busted in tears, everything is just too much. Overwhelmed by fears and self- doubts, I tried to answer the question why am I doing this? It is hard to keep the fire when everywhere you see are challenges. We believe that in order to be successful, we must step outside our comfort zones. We know it but not so many of us do. I always wondered why are we so afraid of being outside our comfort zones? And not until recently I truly fully understand the reasons: Its scary being in the unknown where we don’t have any control. Suddenly, fears become our friend, they protect us from the scary unknown and want us to go back to our comfort zones. We need to get back our control.

Seriously, I am never scared as I am right now. Everyday is a battle of should I do it or can I do it?

Everyday I try to find the reasons to remind me about why am I doing this? 

Everyday, I try to not get lost in my self- doubts.

The way to success is never meant to be easy.

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This evening is spent on doing some more researches.

Morning routine bliss

My mom is a fan of natural herbals. In our kitchen you can find all sorts, which she carefully plant them in small different pots. She uses the herbs mostly to everything from cooking, making tea to medicine. She seldom or never use western medicine, she believes natural herbs having the best ingredients to fight all kind of diseases. When I was a child, I did not share the love of herbs with my mom. However, as I developed the life style of a yogi, I came to contact with many different organic herbs and through many studies, I started to realize what my mom did really made sense. Natural herbs have a ton of benefits given their many incredible substances. Furthermore, herbs are very gentle to the body since you have not to worry about the bi- effects. There are no toxic chemical ingredients in herbs.

Of those herbs I frequently use: Garlic, ginger, lime, mint. You also always find organic honey, virgin olive oil and virgin coconut oil in my kitchen. Those are all I need to keep a healthy life style.

After a long night sleep, you can not imagine how much toxic substances are gathered in our body, all the rest of the food and drink that we consumed the day before. Sometimes, if you are like me, having problem with digestion, you can immediately notice how tired and ”heavy” you feel when you wake up despite 7-8 hours sleep. The first thing I do in the morning right after getting out of the bed is to detox those substances. I used to make a quick and easy morning herb tea mix consisted of ginger, lime and hot water. To add taste you can also add a couple of organic honey and a few drops of pure virgin coconut oil. This drink make a wonder as it cleans the body, activate your metabolism and kick start your day. I used to drink this tea during my morning meditation, and that all I need to face all the challenges that the day may bring.

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Preparing you for India

So, now we would like to talk a little about some funny things we have noticed by being here in India one month now. By presenting some situations we have encountered.

1) Watching the cinema, it is socially OK to have your phone on, with phones ringing every other minute. To shout and scream, talk during the movie. When watching a movie in India you hear about half of what they are saying because people can be talk a lot during the movies. They also have sessions during the movie when you can go to the toilette, buy some popcorn and so on. We would love for that to come to Sweden!

2) People are very friendly and welcoming in India, and they really like talking to foreigners. A lot of people will come and talk to you. Asking for your number, email. So be prepared for that :)

3) Then we come to the starring. Indian people stare a lot. As you are a white foreigner you have to get used to having all eyes on you all the time. In bars, restaurants, walking down the street, in the taxi, in shopping malls. Yeah, everywhere!

4) Living with a Indian family. It will be like it is your own family. They will treat you like their daughters or their sons. Really a nice experience.

5) Space. Going to India you have to learn that you will not have your own personal space. People will ”intrude ”your personal space. So you just have to get comfortable with it.

6) Indians are very close to each other. You often see people walking down the streets, holding hands, hugging each other. Guys and girls.

7) Indian eat with their hands. Even though there is a lot of sauce. Hand is their tool for getting food into their mouth.

8) Cows are everywhere! At restaurant entrance, the highway.. Everywhere!

9) After 8 pm, you cannot see any women outside. If you do, they are outside accompanied by their husband.

10) Indian food is delicious! We live on Chicken Tikka, Chicken Masala, Chicken Tandori..

11) We have seen several fights and car accidents. So we do not recommend you to drive by your self since the traffic is pretty tough.

To be continued….
This is of course a generalisation and all Indians are not like this, just some small things that are different to what we normally see at home!

Making a difference

During our visit in India, we have seen a lot of lovely things but there are things breaking your heart as well. When you are walking on the streets there are several people who do not have a home, who maybe have a blanket and thats it, sleeping on the side of the street. Most of the homeless people are women, often with their children. Women in India especially the ones from lower castes are often socially, economically excluded from the society in India. These people often belongs to lower castes being called untouchables, ‘not being human’, Dalit people from this caste cannot enter restaurants, churches, the water supply – public places, sit together with their classmates eating lunch.Lower castes are today 166 million people and tribes consist of 84 million people in India. Every two our it is estimated that a Scheduled caste (Dalit) are assaulted, every day three Dalit women are raped and two Dalit homes are torched and two Dalits are murmured. Tough facts presenting todays situation in India.

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The other day. We where on our way home after drinking some Chai tea around the corner where we live. We saw this cake shop. It really looked delicious so I decided to buy some. Then on our way home, we pass by about 20 women with their children, living on the streets. Just by walking 5 minutes. We where just about to pass the street to walk towards our hotel when I saw this young little girl. Than i started to think how much joy these small cakes could bring her. It will probably taste delicious and i would enjoy eating the cake, however she will probably never be able to eat this, since her daily mission is to get any food into her stomach. I then turned around, walked towards her and opened the boxed. I have never seen so happy eyes shining so bright. She started screaming after her mom and they where all full of joy. This was some joy in all of their troublesome life. Giving some happiness to someone else for a moment. When i was walking away they all where waving their hand all exited and smiling. Happiness I have never seen before.

IMG_4123The day after when we where walking on the street. I saw this young girl again, together with the other homeless women. She was so happy. Still full of joy just by a small act from another person. You can make a difference. Maybe we will not change the little girls life. But we did bring some happiness to the girl and we made a difference. And I do believe in, what comes around goes around. So when you have the chance, do something little that can make a difference in the persons life next to you. It can be smiling to the person on the buss or helping an old lady crossing the street. All the small things matters and it does not cost a fortune to do it!

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Despite our hard work- some day we could stay in our room 12- 13 hours working but we are still girls and girls like to do shopping. Here in Chennai, there is a very huge shopping center called Escape with hundred of stores and restaurants. A heaven for girls, right?

We decided to visit Escape yesterday after finishing with our interview and go for a hair cut. Two hours interview with a lot of information was so intensive so going to a hair salon was kind of relaxing for us. In Escape shopping mall, we found Toni & Guy- a British haircut brand. We booked time and waited. We asked the receptionist if she has some hair catalogue so we could check what hair style we would have. But she answered to our surprise that they don’t have those types of magazines since the stylist would consult us about what style would match with our faces. We were nervous and wondered what the stylists would do with us. This is an extremely make-over for us. Last time we cut our hair dated back at least six months ago and at that time we were able to decide what style we want to have.

After 45 minutes with hair washing, cutting and blowing. Josefine was so happy with her new look meanwhile I was not hundred percent sure about my new look. However, my hair will grow fast and I hope I will get used to my new look soon 😀

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Backwaters of Kerala

Yesterday we went south of Cochin and to Alappuzha to reach the backwaters. There are several places where you can reach the backwaters but we chosen this places since we could take the local bus for 2 hours from Cochin. Our lovely hostesses took us to the bus station with their scooters so we would find the right bus.

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So to the backwaters of Kerala, it was really amazing. Definitely one of the best places we have been to here in India. It is supposed to be around 900 km long waterways and half the length of Kerala. As you understand, it is very large. We took a small boat so we could go through the small canals of the backwaters. They’re a lot of people living by the backwaters and the trip let us see the daily life of the Indians living by the backwaters. We did see several people washing clothes, dishes, taking a shower, cleaning their hair, everything you can imagine! It was really interesting and fun to see and be a part of. After 3 hours we stopped at a very small restaurant, probably a friend to our boat driver, where we had fresh fried fish. After that we head back to Alappuzha and took the local bus to Cochin. We definitely recommend doing that if you are around.

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True love!

After coming to Kerala, we did not have time to see so much since we just spent time in the house working. We have been working non-stop for two days in a row now.

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Today, we are treated with cake and a special dinner by our host mother. At first, we did not know the reason to the celebration since my host-parents speak so little English, we guessed that they may be something to do with the church, but we were wrong. Today is our host parents’ 25 th wedding anniversary. We don’t know whether their wedding was based on love or if it was an arranged one (which is quite normal in India at that time). But holding on with each other for 25 years is impressive according to our opinions. As young girls on the way to finding ourselves, we really want to find the love of our life later on, a true love! We like the thoughts of being with someone throughout life, to share the happiest but also the saddest moments.

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We need to mention that we really admire the way our host parents spend quality time together: Everyday after the dinner, they usually sit in the garden and talk until late night or they sit near the beach watching the moon. We know that newly in love couples often do those kind of romantic gestures but still having this habit after 25 years is really impressive. Is that the reason to why they can stay in love after so long time and still being together? Their love is so simple but deep. Seeing them together does give us hope that true love may also will come and stay with us in a very near future:)

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Our own Indian family

Today we had lunch with the landlord of our apartment, the one we are renting here in Colva, Goa. They have treated us very well during this trip and we can definitly recomend to stay at their place (Colva Holiday Homes), search at Airbnb. Great hostess, and today we where invited to their house to eat some homemade Goan dishes. There was fish, curry, (of course), vegetables, prawns and so on. Really good! Then they served us ice creme for desert. Both felt like as if they where our own grandparents. Picking us up with their car, then all the time trying to fill our plats with more food so we really are full. Then wanting to pack some food for our train ride today to Kerala. Always giving good advise and taking care of us. They really are good people ! So if you go to Goa, you should definitely stay here then :)

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