getting to know Czech Republic and the other volunteers
First week in Czech Republic - a lot to learn
When I arrived on Friday night, I still couldn’t believe I’d be moving out, finally. Living on my own, kinda. In a completely new country where I couldn’t understand a word the people were talking.
But just as I ran towards the door of the dormitory and the rain tried to catch me, I saw three very heart warming people inside the dorm, talking to the receptionist. One was Veronika, one was Petr and one was Joana.
Still feeling overwhelmed, we did most of the stuff that had to be organized that day and I stayed there my first night, not knowing what I was getting into. The next days entailed a lot of shopping, groceries and other things for everyday life and we got to meet some of the other volunteers - Linn and Ilayda. That Saturday evening we all sat and ate at a nice Indian restaurant, it was very international and very light hearted. On Sunday we also got to meet the rest of the volunteers, Valentin and Vicente and we all had dinner together.
After a rather short night it was wake up time the next day - although we miscalculated the time horribly and ended up an hour late at Trendum. The following week entailed too much so I could all mention it here: Games about getting to know each other’s cultures, getting to know Czech Republic, the work of Trendum, meeting Marek, learning our first Czech words, team building, visiting Ostrava, getting our bank accounts and transport cards set up and the highlight of the week, visiting Veronika in Havířov and getting to know her home town.
The former plans for going out that Friday night were unsurprisingly canceled by us, the week had been very exciting and we just all needed some rest. Besides that, Linn and Valentin had to leave us on Friday. However, they couldn’t make it long without our company and came back on Saturday (okay, they just needed to go to IKEA…). Sunday started out to be a lazy day, but in the end we did our laundry, cleaned our rooms in the dorm and it was a great start to this week, our first real work days, which we already know are gonna be awesome.
This week was tough. We needed help for a lot of things like calling a taxi, it felt kind of embarrassing to be honest. But this is part of the process and it's just even more motivation to study Czech and get used to living and working here in Ostrava!