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Thank-you and Goodnight!

Today is my final day in the Golden City. Everything except the laptop is packed neatly into one very large truck and I am sitting on the floor of my apartment with nothing more to do aside from post my final blog. The apartment (not ‘flat’ FYI – I quickly learned that only the UK … Continue reading

Almost Nashledanou

A friend that I haven’t spoken to in some time emailed me the other day. Why he demanded Why have you not written your blog for months? Crikey I thought – I’d better get on it… There are a number of explanations for my blogging lapse: that lovely alliterative syndrome “bloggers’ block” has a fair … Continue reading

Vaclav Havel – One Of The Good Guys

Today Vaclav Havel passed away at the age of 75, after a long period of illness.  This former dissident playwrite come political activist and the first president of a free Czechoslovakia has a special place in all Czech hearts, especially those old enough to remember the Velvet Revolution. It is perhaps hard for a British audience to fully … Continue reading

Ah – Blog Friends

How things change. About a year ago I was blog-less (and to be honest, rather considered blogs to be the preserve of people without fully functioning social abilities). How wrong I was. The blog has actually been a brilliant way to meet people in Prague, and to keep in touch with friends elsewhere.  Who knew? … Continue reading

This is not just any blog

Earlier this week I reached an important marker in my expat life. A real milestone. A turning point. I went to M&S Food on Wenceslas Square. I have avoided this for the past thirteen months for a few reasons. Part of me (the weird part that makes up demanding rules by which to live, according to … Continue reading

Winter Running

This time of year it is easy to feel good about yourself in Prague.  Merely poking your head outside, as the days shorten and the temperatures tumble quickly, is enough to make you feel like a heroic arctic explorer.  For those of you who don’t live in Prague (or, quite sensibly, have not ventured outside recently) … Continue reading

My brush with the Czech authorities

Before you read any further I would like to make it clear at the outset that i do not have a criminal record. I have never been in trouble with the police in Czechland, the UK, or anywhere else. The height of my criminal exploits was getting thrown out of a party at the British Embassy in … Continue reading

Remember Movember. Or “All good blog posts start with some inane chat about the weather”

Ah, November is here.  For some autumnal joy have a look at my Flickr page, including snaps from my recent stroll through the forest near Karlštejn.  I felt the winter creeping on this morning though.  I’d meant to go for a run early this morning but the chilly cloud of frozen fog that had wrapped its sneaky … Continue reading

Potted Expat Wisdom

Last week was a year since I moved to Prague. I missed this anniversary entirely, but refuse to acknowledge a calender malfunction as a reason not to celebrate.  Whilst still relatively ‘green’ in Prague-expat terms, I think I have now been here long enough to (i) be ashamed of my limited Czech (ii) understand how trams work and … Continue reading

The Golden Piglet on the Wall, and other stories

The other day my cat knocked over my mirror in the early hours of the morning. The mirror smashed in a dramatic style all over my bedroom floor, sending the cat (unhurt) dashing out of my room, only to run round and round the apartment until it got dizzy.  After I had got up (at 5 in the … Continue reading

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