Middle Earth!! *Kia Ora*

Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Type of Travel: Couple Travel

Currency: New Zealand Dollar

Passport Needed: Yes

Hello= Kia Ora

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Marriage and Travel

“The grass is greener where you water it”

Marriage takes work.

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Get Lost in ToKyo!!!

Trip Type: Couple, City Adventure

We used miles to book a flight to Tokyo, Japan. We did not buy any currency before leaving so after passing through customs we had to find a way to purchase a train ticket to the hotel. I guess we looked confused enough that a young lady stopped to help us navigate this machine which does accept cards.

Tip: Use your credit card for the extra insurance in cases of loss and theft.

We finally figured it out and made our way through the maze, you can call the Tokyo transport system. 102915 photos 072

The struggle: keeping up with passports, itineraries, currencies, and metro passes!!

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The Czech Country Side!!!

The best part of Prague, Czech Republic is it’s central location which allows for easy and cheap travel to other countries in Europe but I didn’t want to forget that Czech Republic should be explored beyond just the beautiful city of Prague. So when Laura suggested a road trip to the countryside  I was ready!!!

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A Long Layover in Sweden!!

After leaving Copenhagen, I was headed back to Prague, Czech Republic. I had a class to teach and the least expensive flight I could find had a 6 hour layover in Sweden!!

I try very hard to avoid long layovers but instead of complaining, I used the long layover as an opportunity to see a bit of Stockholm, Sweden.

From the airport, I took an express train into the city.

It was an overcast day but I still had the opportunity to visit Gamla Stan area of Stockholm. Read More

CoPenHagEn!!!

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark

Airport Code: CPH

Type of Travel: Girls Getaway

Passport Needed: Yes

After leaving Malaga, Spain, I flew to Denmark, Copenhagen… via Vueling Airlines.

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5 Reasons to LOVE MALAGA, Spain!!

After leaving Seville, I headed for Malaga, Spain by way of train.

Malaga wasn’t on my radar until a low cost flight leaving from the AGP (Malaga) airport to my next destination (Copenhagen, Denmark) made the trip necessary. I am very pleased with the outcome, here is why:

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Seville: The Lover

Seville is the Spain I dream about!! So quaint! So Beautiful!

I arrived to Seville via a quick train ride from Madrid.

  I was planning to take an overnight train to Lisbon/Lisboa but the advice of a kind stranger and the much shorter train ride to Seville won me over. Read More

Madrid: The Seducer

When you live and work in The Czech Republic you are located in the heart of Europe and travel is a must. My first getaway was to Berlin, Germany. My next excursion landed me in Madrid, Spain.

I previously visited Barcelona and it was a beautiful and friendly city but Madrid was different especially in hot July; Madrid was sultry and seductive. The streets were full of color and life, a huge contrast to the conservative atmosphere in The Czech Republic, I fell in love.


Above: Iberia Airlines when you get the whole row to yourself ✈️🎉

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5 Reasons You Should Teach in Prague

1. Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe and The Czech Republic is one of the most beautiful countries I have visited. It’s old, it’s charming, it’s whimsical. I’m still humbled that I got to spend time living is such a beautiful place. If you want to be surrounded by history and enchanted by the Czech countryside choose Prague!!

  

 Also the Czech Republic’s location in Central Europe makes it a great place to visit other European countries via bus, train, or plane for very inexpensive prices. I made it to Germany, Spain, Denmark, and Sweden.

2.  Prague is a great place to earn a TEFL. If you are not a Licensed Teacher in the States you will need a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) Certification to teach at most schools. There are several available TEFL schools located in Prague  and many of the programs are 4-5 weeks in duration and during that time you will need to support yourself. The Czech’s use of their own currency, the Czech Krona, makes living in Prague more affordable than other European cities that use the Euro.


*I recommend The Language House 

3.  Learn how resilient you are. Traveling alone is an experience I recommend to everyone. We should know how to enjoy our own company. We, especially young women, are often told all the reasons why we shouldn’t travel and pursue various goals without a travel companion but there are so many reasons why solo travel is advantageous. I enjoy traveling alone sometimes; I can do everything on my time. Checkout Adventurous Kate and this list of articles sharing the benefits of women traveling solo.

4. Learn how much you don’t know. Each time I push myself out of my comfort zone, I learn just how much more I don’t know. I learned how to live on my own in a country where I speak -10% of the language. I learned that English grammar is cruel and tedious. I learned that there is a large expat community that is available to help if you ever get stuck or just want to find where you can buy American junk food when you are homesick. You will learn that you aren’t alone in this journey; hundreds of others have made the journey and that it is 100% possible!!!

Above: living room in shared flat during TEFL program.  Below: kitchen in shared flat.

 5. Confidence & Accomplishment. At the end of my teaching stint in Prague, I was proud of myself. I took a huge risk deciding to teach in a country I had never visited and I don’t regret the decision one bit. I learn to travel and I teach to learn, the rewards are these priceless sentiments.

 You will walk away with new skills, new friendships, and a new outlook on what is possible.

Just Do It!! Teach Abroad in Prague!!!

Czech Journey: Lesson 3

Lesson 3: Teaching English in Prague is Challenging but Rewarding!!!

Yep. I found a teaching opportunity in the beautiful city of Prague. It took less than two weeks. I sent my resume to three schools and got responses from two very quickly. I went for the meeting (because it was not an interview) and I was hired at a school in a great location near metro stop Namesti Republiky, basically the center of Old Town in Prague 1.

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Czech Journey: Lesson 2 

Lesson 2: Stop and appreciate the beauty surrounding you.

Prague is amazing. The people are conservative and easygoing. The city itself is beautiful and there is never a lack of entertainment options. Even with all the city has to offer, I had to remind myself to enjoy myself!

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Czech Journey: Lesson 1

Lesson 1= Pack Less Stuff

After all the planning, decision making and anxiety, the day to travel to Prague has finally come!! 

I get to the airport with one large suitcase, one carry on, and my purse.  

I’m excited that everything I want to bring fits in these three bags (Go Tiff) until I place my large bag that is to be checked on the scale and the agent kindly informs me “that’ll be $125”. 

I stop, look left and then right, I’m the only one in line, she is talking to me $125!!! Ughh!! I’m 16lbs over the limit. 

It’s my fault for not weighing my own bag and finding out all the baggage rules ahead of time but I thought the first checked bag was free. But then again, I haven’t checked a bag in years.

The agent did inform me that if I could remove 16lbs it would be $25. This was not an option; the previous night was spent organizing and packing things just right.

I paid the ridiculous fee and then more great news, my next flight is with a different airline so more fees to come. Why didn’t I book the same airline all the way to Prague??!!??

Don’t make my mistake unless the items in your bag are worth the money.

The plan: inhale and exhale, it’ll all work out, even if I get to Prague completely broke.   

Have you ever been caught off guard by airline fees?

A Nice day in Nice, France

A quick train ride on the Thello got us from Milan, Italy to Nice, France.

Cost=€15 per person!!!

Duration: ~ 5 hrs

Recommended: YES. The cost to value ratio is worth the trip, if you have the time.

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She Let Go…

I came across this poem and wanted to share it with you. It’s easy to over-analyze and hold on to things in our life, enjoy this poem about letting go.

She Let Go

She let go. Without a thought or a word, she let go.

She let go of the fear.  She let go of the judgments.  She let go of the confluence of opinions swarming around her head.  She let go of the committee of indecision within her.  She let go of all the ‘right’ reasons. Wholly and completely, without hesitation or worry, she just let go.

She didn’t ask anyone for advice. She didn’t read a book on how to let go.  She didn’t search the scriptures. She just let go.  She let go of all of the memories that held her back.  She let go of all of the anxiety that kept her from moving forward.  She let go of the planning and all of the calculations about how to do it just right.

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