Monday, January 30, 2012

What I Learned in the Czech Republic

by Jennifer of Jenni Austra Germany

Jennifer currently resides in Dresden, Germany where she teaches English. Originally from Norman, Oklahoma, she has spent the last 3 years living in Europe (specifically Austria and Germany). She travels frequently throughout Europe and is here today to teach us a little about the Czech Republic.

1.  Eastern European Town Squares are really something special.
Whether it's Poland, Czech Republic or Slovakia, I've found that the Eastern half of Europe's town squares should not be overlooked.  I especially loved the town square in Prague.  The color palettes,  architecture and cobblestones combined to make this lovely little Czech town square so very memorable to me.

2.  Monopoly money is real!
Due to the current exchange rate and the ever-suffering Czech economy, the US dollar can buy quite a lot of Czech Kronen (the Czech Republic's national currency).  This means that liters of beer cost a couple of dollars, a large pizza is no more than 5 and a night's stay at the hostel costs less than 20.  Add the feeling of holding giant bills in your hand and spending it like you're in the middle of a real-life Monopoly marathon?  This made my Czech experience pun intended.

3.  Making pit stops in nearby non-touristy towns is a must. 
Instead of staying in Prague all weekend, we made a detour on our way back to Austria and stopped in the small village of Czesky Krumlov.  It's now one of my top 10 European cities: quaint and underwhelming, in the best way possible.

4.  Ditch the main attractions and make your own path. 
Sure, sometimes it's nice to follow all the guide books and see all the typical sights.  But some of my favorite moments in the Czech Republic were spent off the beaten path.

5.  Trips are 100 times more memorable when taken with dear friends. 
I've traveled quite a bit on my own and I've done plenty of group traveling too.  I have to say this trip to the Czech Republic was all the more worthwhile thanks to the group of friends accompanying me.  I've learned that I'd much rather see a few countries with good company than see every country in the world alone.

Thank you Jenni! To read more about Jenni's travels, visit her blog here.

To read past editions of "What I Learned In", click here.


Maiken said...

I loved that post! I'll visit Prague in spring and am always happy when I found those articles from other bloggers :P

Maikeni blogi - part of me

Jaclyn said...

This post has been oh so helpful.

Kristina said...

Loved the one with the money .... Isnt it great to spent thousands over thousands... and get same cash at the ATM and become a millionaire? :)

Sara said...

I got to go to Cesky Krumlov when I took a travel study to Prague! 10 days of bliss in that city and surrounding areas. You've got me aching to go back!

Girlie Blogger said...

Great tips, especially because they are spoken from experience. Those pictures are gorgeous.

Kelli Anderson said...

i love jenni.

Tiffany said...

Oh wow--new to your blog and I LOVE this series! Going to become a follower right now!

Great post, Jenni---the photo from the off-the-path village is my favorite--beautiful!


Katie Q. said...

What fantastic pictures, the colors over there are so pretty.

I enjoyed this, it's fun and informitive to read about other people's travels, and getting off the beaten path is always my main goal when traveling, so I enjoyed all of her recomandations.(Gosh, I need spell-check in the comment bars, I'm pitiful!)

Erin said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I really am in desperate need of traveling!!

Barbara said...

I'm yet to visit the Czech Republic, so this definately makes me want to go!