Most of Czechs are Pretty Normal, Says Our Expat & Immigration Consultant Oldrich

Today, we have the pleasure to get to know Oldrich Lang, our Expat & Immigration Consultant in Brno, a little bit better. Oldrich, or so-called Olda, has been working at Foreigners for the past eight months. He is 30 years old, living with his girlfriend and their dog Tedko. Originally, he comes from a small town of Hustopeče, located in the South Moravian Region. But for about the last 10 years he has been living in Brno, except for two years, when he was traveling in the US, Canada, and New Zealand.

Impact of Coronavirus on Real Estate in Czech Republic

Recently, we held a live-stream on our Facebook page in which we talked about how the current situation has been affecting renting, selling, and purchasing apartments and houses in the Czech Republic.
For those of you who prefer reading instead of watching the stream, we present a summary of the stream.

Post-Quarantine: Better Days Are Yet to Come & Trips to Nature

My internship in the Czech Republic didn’t turn out to be quite close to what I’d expected when I was applying last year. I was looking forward to taking advantage of living in central Europe and traveling around. But who could predict such an outcome either way? A pandemic? Really? Are these the 90s or something?

Two months. Two months in complete lockdown, in a state of an emergency, with borders closed, masks, disinfectants, one-usage gloves, hospitalizations, even deaths, and many more repercussions. But every storm subsides. This quarantine did too. Patience was the key to it all. Patience, positivity, and a well-structured routine to get through your day. 

No Orientation Skills, No Problem. Even in a Foreign Country

If you need to know one thing about me, that is, I have zero orientation skills. None. And that’s a fact. Maybe I even like it that way since every day is kind of a mystery. You never know where I might end up at. It might be a complete disaster or an awesome story to tell. For example, I’m living for a while now as an expat in the Czech city of Brno and I still keep getting lost all the time.

How to Cope When Stuck Abroad

Are you stuck in a foreign country all by yourself? This epidemic destroyed your plans? Well then, that makes two of us. This year, I decided to do my internship abroad, to be more exact in Brno, here, in the Czech Republic. 

When I started this internship at Foreigners I had different expectations and plans. I thought I’d be able to travel a lot, visit new cities, or even different countries. I thought I’d be able to meet new people. But things don’t always go as planned and sometimes you might get yourself in an unpredictable situation. 

A Series of Unfortunate Events when Traveling: Part 3, Swimming with the Stars

The second week of the voluntary program in Croatia, after our days off and our trip to Split and Sibenik, Mohammed, our team-leader, wanted to have another football match so bad that we decided to do him the favor and join.
So after the usual all-together dinner at the football field, we gathered around and divided ourselves into two teams.
The game seemed promising, even though fewer people decided to play this time. We were still having fun, trying to hit the ball and not our opponents’ feet since most of us had no idea what we were doing. 

A Series of Unfortunate Events when Traveling: Part 2, DONUT Fry with Maria

If you’ve already read my latest article then you’ll know that this series refers to a volunteering program in Croatia, which I participated in last October with my friend Maria. 
Today’s narrative will focus on the preparations regarding the international night that every national team had to organize (Croatia, Italy, Spain, Greece). Soo, let’s begin.

A Series of Unfortunate Events when Traveling: Part 1, Rakija

As the title suggests, I’m here to describe to you some unfortunate yet one-of-a-kind snapshots to brighten up your day, while you’re on the requested quarantine.

A long time ago (last October), when borders were open and epidemics were bed-time stories narrated by grandmas, my friend Maria and I (nowadays we prefer to be called Mareya’s duo but that’s another story) decided to go on an adventure in Croatia for two weeks. It was a voluntary program in a shipyard and one of my most beloved memories so far.