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3 posts from September 2015


“List of the weirdest places in the world”

written by Graham Marema (Davidson College)

When I was a high school student in the land-locked and country-locked state of Tennessee, I developed a habit of googling things like “List of the weirdest places in the world” and mentally noting all the ones I would visit. I had an abstract idea that one day I would just find myself in Europe with a backpack and a list of bizarre places, and from then on I’d live on the road and become one of those Travelers who Sees Things.

 Predictably, I found out that you don’t ever really find yourself anywhere. You have to research the right programs and get the right applications and send for a visa and get a coat warm enough for winters in the Czech Republic and wheedle your parents into just a little bit more spending money (It’s culture, mom!), and only then will you step off the plane into the baffling city of Prague.


So far I’ve seen the Prague Castle perched above orange roofs on the drive from the airport, the high dark windows of the National Museum from my flat’s balcony, and the most famous cemetery in the Czech Republic, dulled by rain as the cathedral bell tolled three, on my walk to school. I didn’t expect that once I got there - wherever “there” ended up being - it would take so long to sink in. All of these things felt like movie sets, like pictures of pictures. It wasn’t until a trip to Kutna Hora that it officially hit me. I walked down the cool dark steps of the Ossuary, where I looked up and found myself staring at one of the pictures I’d seen on “List of the weirdest places in the world” - a cathedral made of human bones. I had now found myself in a place I’d always considered to be a daydream. I’d found myself in Europe with a backpack (full of school books and planners, not dirty flannels and maps as I’d romantically imagined, but whatever) and a list of bizarre places I’ll one day really see.


Prague Brunch Guide

written by Pauline Wizig (Emory University)

If traditional Czech gulas and dumplings do not sound like your ideal meal while in Prague, have no fear because Prague is home to many tasty brunch options. Each of these restaurants has been taste tested and is sure to be photogenic enough to rack up the likes on your social media outlets of choice. Happy brunching!

 Radost FX

While Radost is known for its club,  insiders know the club’s hidden gem is definitely its fabulous vegetarian weekend brunch.  Radost has a wide selection of omelets, waffles, egg sandwiches French toast and homemade muesli.  If you are a tea drinker, make sure to order either the Moroccan or ginger tea. Both come served in a large glass teacup filled with fresh ingredients. While you are at Radost, head downstairs to get a peak at the club where Rhianna filmed her music video for “Please Don’t Stop the Music”.


There are two bakeshop locations, one across the River in new town and one in Prague 1 near Old Town Square and the Jewish Quarter. Both offer fabulous breakfast and brunch every day until three p.m. Their pastries are absolutely incredible and they have everything from cakes and brownies to croissants and Danishes. The coffee is excellent and they have soy milk which is a rarity not found in many Czech coffee shops. This is not the place to take a large group because seating is limited, but you could always take your food to go and eat outside if the weather permits.

 Café Savoy

If you can only have one brunch in Prague this is the place to go. Make a reservation if you are coming on the weekend with a large group because they get very busy. Their apple strudel is light and flaky. Pair it with a hot chocolate for a sweet brunch or split it with your whole table as an appetizer. If you really have a sweet tooth, you must try the French toast, which is said to be one of the best in Europe. If you are looking for a protein based brunch, check out any of their omelets or poached eggs. All of their breakfasts come with a bread basket, which is a great way to sample the bakery’s creations without committing to one choice.


If you are traveling to Prague and feel the need for a traditional American brunch, this is the restaurant for you. Globe was opened by three NYU alumni and they brought all of their American brunch staples with them to Prague. Popular menu items include omelets, pancakes, and iced coffee. They even serve egg whites. While this is definitely not the most authentic Czech meal, it is a nice taste of home in Europe.

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Fall 2015, Issue I


CIEE Prague: Giving opportunity to young professionals

 At the beginning of September CIEE Prague decided to offer three internship positions to Daša, Kristýna, and Juraj who had previously worked with CIEE. They are all Charles University students and pursue experience in an international environment. We asked them why they wanted to become a part of the CIEE Prague team.

Daša Gardošíková

I became a CIEE intern in September although I joined CIEE in January 2015. It is actually my third position in CIEE Prague. During last semester I took the CIEE course “International Reporting” as a Bridging Perspectives student. I consider it as a great learning experience, not only in regard to the enthusiastic teacher but also because of that unique feeling to sit and study in a class with other American students. I am also part of the Buddy program in CIEE. I am originally from Slovakia, however I love an international environment and when I had the opportunity to become a Czech buddy for American students, I didn´t think twice.

It is probably not very surprising that after two fascinating CIEE experiences, I wanted to continue and I was interested in working at CIEE as an intern.

I am still just 19 years old and earning my Bachelor´s degree in International Area Studies at Charles University. I feel that the internship in a study abroad organization like CIEE is an ideal opportunity to develop myself and become more aware of what I want to do, who I want to become, and where I want to move to in my life.

Daša Gardošíková

Kristýna Čámská

My first experience with CIEE was as an orientation guide. When I saw the job offer on the CIEE website,
I knew this was the right part-time job for me. I have a bachelor‘s degree in Management of Travel Tourism from the University of Hradec Králové and currently I study at Charles University in Prague to get my master´s degree in history of European Culture. The decision to study in another city than my hometown was one of the best decisions I ever made. I started to be more independent and responsible and I learned to fend for myself. Also, during my bachelor studies I went to Orléans in France as an Erasmus student.

When I responded to CIEE’s offer the first time I had no idea how great a decision it was. Not only did I get a new part-time job and met new friends but also gained a lot of new experience. I helped with the students’ orientation three times already! In September I applied for internship in CIEE and they took me (and two other people) for this position.

The main reason why to intern with CIEE is definitely meeting new (and mainly abroad) people and making new friends, using English every day, dealing with wide range of various situations and many others, which perfectly prepares me for my future life since I would love to work in tourism industry.

My other part-time job is Prague City Tourism, a company where I am at the front desk in the guide office. We prepare tours, transfers, trips, etc. for tourists from all over the world. I am using foreign languages more than my mother tongue and I just love it.

Briefly, the most important thing for me is working with people and doing interesting work that changes from time to time. My vision to the future is to work on development of tourism in the Czech Republic – preparing new strategies, products and to save our nature and country for future generations.

In my free time I am doing a lot of things. One of my hobbies is a choir. I have been singing since my childhood. Our choir is quite famous in the Czech Republic and I have a chance to go abroad with them. The biggest success for me was to sing at the Opera in National Theatre.

I am a very social person who loves people around me, I have a lot of friends and the best thing is going out with them, doing some sports or going for some trips. I like to spend my time actively I can hardly just relax and do nothing, so the CIEE internship is the best option for me because there is always a lot to do.



Juraj Varga

 Why did I decide to apply for the CIEE internship in Prague?

 First of all, I've started to be curious about the organization and its work culture, while working for them as Orientation Guide.

 After the first orientation week, I was amazed by the well trained professionalism with which the CIEE team members approached their tasks. The enthusiasm and readiness to provide not only a service, but a kindly assistance in every harsh situation, were very interesting to me. Not to mention the courtesy and politeness between each other that led me to work for them each time. After nearly a year spent working for them, I've gladly applied for the internship, when they informed me about the opening. These days my journey as an employee starts and I’m still impressed. The organization itself has a very long tradition and widespread connections around the globe that are starting to attract me even more. However, my close observation has just started, but for example the courtesy and newly found fairness are still there.

 Despite all of that or along with all of that, I have to mention that being a Ph.D. student of Czech and Slovak history at Charles University got me thinking also about the possible future prospects of becoming an educator in fascinating fields of historical and social sciences (not in the distant future) and also by omitting the fact that I occasionally lead workshops concerning the usage of public space in history classes.

 This all with an interest in better understanding of CIEE’s mission and my motive of beneficial contributing to transcultural connectedness, drive me to become a member. Maybe one day, I'll also become a valuable partner for their educational vision.