#LifeInCzechia Sometimes you can feel stuck in your comfort zone. If you surround yourself with visionaries, inspiring books, and movies, you suddenly jump to the place where the magic happens. I found myself in Brno as an Erasmus exchange student from Istanbul while I was doing my Ph.D. four years ago. Now I am back in the city as an intern at the Foreigners agency. I would like to share my experiences and also what made me come back to this beautiful place? So let’s dive right in!
#LifeInCzechia Are you new to Brno? Do you plan to use public transport? If your answer is yes, keep reading. First days are always hard. You are getting used to the new environment, and so maybe you can’t focus on every detail and you can miss important things. As a new resident of Brno, originally from Turkey, I would like to inform you about ticket inspection and fines in the Brno Public Transportation System. So let’s learn about the ticket process together to avoid ourselves getting fined.
Are you going to move to Brno soon? Do you plan to use public transport to get to school or work? If your answer is yes, read on and find out more detailed information. Brno has a new way of buying a ticket for public transport. Just Beep & Go! Contactless ticket purchase — no paper, no registration, no worries!
The Czech Ministry of Health decided to reintroduce wearing face masks in all indoor public spaces. They react to the fact that the number of people infected with coronavirus is growing with worrying speed in the Czech Republic. Since the situation is serious in the whole country, this will apply nationwide and not only in the worst-hit districts and cities such as Prague or the Hodonín district.
The number of people newly infected with COVID-19 in the Czech Republic has been growing rapidly during the last couple of weeks. In response to this, hygienists decided to make wearing face masks mandatory in more places in Prague, where they have experienced the biggest spike in cases. Stricter countermeasures may follow in the next few weeks all over the country depending on the situation.
Olomouc is starting to build a system of smart traffic management at busy intersections. A coordinated move should lead to smoother transport. The new traffic management concerns multiple intersections that were very busy and in dire need of reconstruction. Besides car drivers, it’s also going to influence public transport as well.
Despite many people’s original expectations that the pandemic situation would improve during summer, the number of new cases has been growing since most countermeasures were released. This and the fact that many experts are worried about the situation further worsening in autumn has led to some countermeasures being (re)introduced again in the Czech Republic. Some of them, like wearing face masks, were reintroduced nationwide while other countermeasures were reintroduced only in some regions.
While the coronavirus has not yet fully disappeared, European governments are already releasing most of the restrictions previously put in place to stop the disease from spreading rapidly and minimize the pandemic impact. Life in the Czech Republic has mostly returned to normal, however, there are still some changes that have to be made for the situation to be the same as it was before the pandemic.
Some of us go abroad for studying, working or perhaps when following our life partner to their homeland. Some of us like to travel far and long to discover unfamiliar corners of the world. Reasons for leaving a home country are many but they all have connecting elements, not all of them necessarily being pleasant and commonly talked about – cultural shock, loneliness, even depression can hit once you root yourself out of the familiar land and try to plant yourself in a new geographical and cultural environment.