I am an American living in Prague, Czech Republic. I have lived here almost 3 years, to date, and sometimes it has been glorious…other times, it has been very trying. In 2012, I gave up a good career in the US to move back to Europe (I attended college in Germany) without any plan or idea of what I might do here and I can certainly say that it has been an ‘adventure’ thus far.
I have been inspired by my adoptive city and completed one novel last year with a second one in the final stages of editing at present. I have exchanged my business management/executive career for that of a poor language teacher and part-time communications consultant. I have struggled to assimilate into Czech culture, learning an impossibly complex language and myriad bizarre social rules and customs (for example, it is de rigueur for all passengers to to say ‘hello’ and/or ‘goodbye’ each time someone enters/exits an elevator that you are riding in?!). And I have relished the freedom that walking away from my past life has given me – I live an unstructured, seat-of-my-pants existence, and it keeps me on my toes every day.
I’ve been blogging on my personal web page, on and off, for a while now but I’ve not made a priority of trying to establish a following since it has mostly been ‘medicinal’ subject matter. I mean, let’s face it – when you scrap your entire life and move to a foreign country where you have no roots in either friends or work, don’t know the language, and are generally ‘feeling things out’ on a day-to-day basis, writing is a lot easier than trying to find a local psychologist!
Any-who, I’ve decided to restart my blogging efforts now with WordPress….both as an attempt to genuinely connect with other writers (since I have become more serious and less ‘recreational’ about writing in recent years) and also to finally seek some additional perspectives on my brain-droppings. I’ll be posting some new stuff each week, as well as some reposts from my old blog – mostly select observations regarding life in the Czech Republic and general thoughts on society and culture, but also some of the random stuff that rattles around in my head on a daily basis.
Sooooo, without further preface, let’s go to it – please follow me and comment liberally. I can’t wait to hear what you think! 🙂