“Why Prague?” – that’s the question that nearly every person asks when I mention my exchange. And to be honest, if you asked me this question about 2 weeks ago, my response was pretty lacklustre. I would of just awkwardly smiled you, talked about how it really wasn’t my first choice, and then mentioned how there were actually a few other places I was more keen on going.
However, now that I’m here, a bit over a week into my time in the Prague – my answer has definitely changed for the better – and I’ll get to answering that soon.
So a bit more about Prague – a basic google would tell you that it’s the capital city of the Czech Republic, geographically placed in the heart of Europe and is home to about 1.4 million people. On paper, its pretty ordinary… but now I want to talk about the things that are actually extraordinary about the city.
- People – It may sound cliché but honestly in the little time I’ve been here, I’ve met some of the nicest and most accommodating people from both the local Czech population, and the international exchange students who will be studying with me. Hopefully during the next 3 months I’m able to meet even more people.
- Architecture – The city itself looks amazing. Walking into old town square, the streets are lined with buildings that seemed to have been taken straight out of the 17-1800s, and for the most part they are. Unlike most of the other European cities during WW2, the cities in the Czech Republic have remained virtually untouched by the fighting that happened during that time – leaving the picturesque cityscape that is shown today.
- Cheap – Honestly the most amazing thing about the Czech Republic is how cheap everything is. Accommodation, food, clothes (and of course beer), everything is Prague is just so cheap. It’s an amazing feeling when I talk to my friends that have gone to other places for exchange – hearing them go on about how they are living off instant noodles and bread and ham sandwiches because groceries are too expensive – while I dine like a king for a fraction of the cost.
These are just my three top reasons and truth be told, I could honestly keep going on – but I have to adhere to the word count. However, now if anyone asks me the question – “Why Prague?” – unlike before I can honestly go on for ages about why getting Prague for exchange was one of the best things that could have happened to me.
Phong Chan Huynh
Bachelor of Information Technology
University of Economics Prague (Vysoká škola ekonomická v Praze)