Expat life is not always easy, but, I believe, there are always reasons to enjoy living in any country – it’s just up to you whether to ignore them or enjoy to the full. It’s been almost a year since we moved to Czech Republic and here’s a list of what I like about this country the most:
1. History. And I’m not even talking about Prague, which looks like it was taken out of a fairy tale. No matter how small the town, you’ll always find there a castle or a grand mansion or an old town square, but more often than not – all of the above. Walking with the kids along the old tiny streets, explaining to them how life was different centuries ago is a wonderful pastime.
2. Safety. Czech Republic’s crime rate in 2015 is 32 points (for comparison – crime rate in the UK is 42 this year, source here). Of course, there’re always pickpockets in the packed tourist areas of Prague, but living in a small town here feels really safe. I think it would be hard to get back to a big city life…
3. Attitude towards kids. In my experience, Czechs love kids. I think they are more child friendly.
4. Weather. Especially, after a couple of years in Moscow I really enjoy Czech weather! It’s pretty mild, a bit like in UK, although it might get a bit colder in winter and a bit hotter in summer. But what’s really great is sunshine. It was normal for Moscow to have weeks and weeks of cloudy days in a row, but here there are plenty of sunny days. On another hand, it depends on what you compare it to – another expat friend of mine, coming from Turkey, can’t wait to move back to her country this summer as this lack of sun is depressing her!
5. Nature. We love taking long weekends and visiting different parts of the country. There are forests, hills, lakes and rivers, mountains suitable for skiing in winter and hiking in summer, towns famous for mineral springs and spas and what’s more, it’s all located really close to each other. If you live in a big city, you could spend an hour or two in commute without even getting out of it, but here a couple of hours would take you to another part of the country.
Czech Republic for me feels like a combination of history and modern comfort, city life one step away from wild nature, a quiet harbour right in the middle of Europe. If you’re thinking of visiting it, try not to limit your stay to Prague only (no matter how beautiful it is) – there’s plenty to discover all around the country.
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