An Unintentional Walk Down Memory Lane

GPOA Majáles Pride

The past week called for a lot of reflection as it officially marked my 1-year anniversary of graduation from The College of William and Mary. The weekend snuck up on me. All of a sudden I was seeing sentimental Facebook statuses and graduation photo shoots. Then it hit me, I can’t quite say I was … Continue reading An Unintentional Walk Down Memory Lane

The Simple Life

Slovenský Raj

When did May happen? I feel like it was January and then I blinked and now it’s the time when I told myself the time would fly by. I guess it has. Last week and now this one are strangely short, due to the two public Czech holidays of May Day and now VE Day … Continue reading The Simple Life

10 Days, 6 Cities, 4 Countries, 1 Car

Austria Countryside

Ask almost any European and they will say that Americans who come to Europe tend to be huge overachievers. To us, everything on this continent seems so close. So why wouldn’t we try to see as many places on this diverse continent as possible? For Easter break, my lovely mother, stepdad, and sister visited to … Continue reading 10 Days, 6 Cities, 4 Countries, 1 Car

Flashback Flash-forward

Znojmo Skyline

This week I had another great Znojmo and traveling week (do I sound like a broken record yet?). It’s hard to believe how fast time is flying and that the things that I had planned so far in advance are now happening and becoming the past. Even scarier is that the official three-months to go … Continue reading Flashback Flash-forward

A Taste of Home

North Laine, Brighton

Since my last post, I have been closer to home both in my activities and in my literal location. It started 2 weeks ago with a really awesome week of teaching. On Tuesday I had a day where I literally couldn’t help thinking: I have THE COOLEST job ever!! This was my day: Woke up … Continue reading A Taste of Home

One Really Long Solo Holiday

Map of Castles Czech Austrian

Last week while practicing conditional statements with my students, one worksheet prompted: would you travel on holiday by yourself? I think most people would tend to look at this question and immediately answer “no.” Most of my students did and until this experience I probably would have said the same. However, in reality, my experience … Continue reading One Really Long Solo Holiday

Spring Wake-up Call

With Grandparents in Telč

Please be sure to read the final paragraph of this post to #SaveFulbright! Since my last post the weather in the Czech Republic has turned amazing! The past week was 50s and sunny everyday and it seems as if the sleepy winter mood has lifted. People are out and about, flowers are starting to pop … Continue reading Spring Wake-up Call

Maintaining Optimism

Friends in Prague

Amidst a flood of metaphorical roadblocks last week my fellow teacher turned to me and commented, “Wow I can’t believe how optimistic you are.” Maybe it’s the tendency for Czechs to be realistic to the point of pessimism, or the American belief in the light at the end of every tunnel, but I think that … Continue reading Maintaining Optimism

Heading West

Climbing Sainte-Victoire, France

Since last posting I have kicked off my spring season of visitors and travels! However, before going into detail about all of that, I’ll first recap the subject of almost all of my lessons 2 weeks ago: St. Valentine’s Day.  I have never been a fan of Valentine’s Day, but the amount of lessons I … Continue reading Heading West

All Downhill From Here

2013-2014 Czech Republic and Slovakia Fulbrighters

This past weekend marked my official halfway point of this amazing Fulbright year. As my fellow ETAs and I kicked off our Mid-Year conference weekend reminiscing about great and terrible bands of the 90s and early 00s I figured this would be an appropriate title for this blog post (“All Downhill From Here” is the … Continue reading All Downhill From Here