Defeat And Joy | The Unexpected Realities of Living In Another Country

Well- one week down. What can I say about Prague in the one week I have been here?

Well…

It has felt more like a month.

Public transportation is hard, but it gets easier.

I bought a map of Prague, which really helps with knowing where to go let me tell ya.

I bought a book in English. Meaning we found a bookstore with books that are in English. Which means English book stores are very rare.

I bought a sweater from a little boutique (seriously it was so small I was knocking things off with my book bag), and now I feel more Prague-y cause I bought something from Prague.

My cooperating teacher is absolutely amazing.

I am head over heels in love with my students.

Teaching at an international school is a little (and by a little I mean a lot) different than teaching in the states, meaning I am super nervous to start teaching.

Did I mention I start teaching on Tuesday?

Czechs don’t really smile that much…

It’s always overcast in Prague. Meaning when the sun peeks through the clouds, your heart instantly fills with joy.

In all honesty, this past week was full of many many different variations of feeling defeated. Locks in Europe are harder than we expected (locking us outside and inside our house), frustration comes easily when you can’t express yourself to people who do not speak English (especially when you’re trying to prove that you’re a student for a huge discount, but do not have identification to be considered a Czech student), gift cards from the States do not work in Europe (…makes a lot of sense), and buying flights to Rome for the wrong weekend can be very, very stressful (we swore the dates of our break were the right ones).

Through all of the defeat and frustration, man has The Lord blessed us in so many ways, big and small. We received a full refund for our wrongly schedule flights to Rome, found out that exchanging things is easy when you have your receipt (buyer’s remorse…), we have wifi at home and at school, my great friend Morgan is visiting in 4 days, skyping my girl friends has never been a more joyous occasion, and there are many full movie versions on YouTube (I never realized how stinkin’ spoiled we are in the States when it comes to watching TV online). Oh, and my teacher is one heck of a gal, did I mention that?

All to say, we are still getting acclimated, but I am slowly feeling more comfortable in this chilly, overcast but extremely beautiful city.


And for your enjoyment,  I included some quotes from my kiddos:

“You know what I don’t like? Nightmares, they literally scare you.”

Say vegetable: “etibal”

“Miss Moff, I need help!” Emilia, it is Miss Moss. “Miss Moff” No babe, Miss Mosss “Miss Mofffff.”

What letter makes the ‘mmmm’ sound? “mmmm”

“I love your lipstick.” (I wasn’t wearing lipstick)

And that’s that.  Oh, and check out the photos below for a few snapshots of the wonderful Prague itself <3.

See ya soon,

Stephanie Lynn


A park near our apartment- look at all the fog...
A park near our apartment- look at all the fog…
FINALLY understand the tram-metro-bus system.
FINALLY understand the tram-metro-bus system.
That silver face moved. Pretty dang cool.
That silver face moved. Pretty dang cool.
The photos on the right are an exhibit set up in honor of Nicholas Winton, a man who saved over 600 children in Czechoslovakia during WWII. Now those children and their families add up to over 4 million people.
The photos on the right are an exhibit set up in honor of Nicholas Winton, a man who saved over 600 children in Czechoslovakia during WWII. Now those children and their families add up to over 4 million people.
One of the light shows from the famous Signal Festival this past weekend (we honestly hadn't heard of it before).
One of the light shows from the famous Signal Festival this past weekend (we honestly hadn’t heard of it before).
Cole Jurgens, this one is for you. A horseman playing some music on the street.
Cole Jurgens, this one is for you. A horseman playing some music on the street.
Pictures, pumpkins and flowers make my little corner feel a little more like home.
Pictures, pumpkins and flowers make my little corner feel a little more like home.
Food and Fireworks at our school, fundraising for families in Cambodia!
Food and Fireworks at our school, fundraising for families in Cambodia!
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