Chrám Matky Boží před Týnem

At the end of 2019, I got on a plane to Vienna to visit my long-distance partner with my ultimate goal being to move to Prague within three weeks to teach English. This wasn’t my first rodeo. I had already lived abroad in Korea for over a year at this point and wanted to close the gap(ish) in my relationship by moving to Prague.

Little did I know that a global pandemic would descend upon the world, restrict travel, and render my American passport nearly useless. …

If you’re anything like me, I never had Sicily at the top of my travel list. But travel is very limited this year due to COVID-19 and when my partner and I were discussing possible places to go on holiday, Sicily found its way into our conversations. Our main goal for this holiday was to go to the beach as much as possible since we both live in landlocked countries.

After months of waiting and seeing how the situation would develop, we bought our plane tickets a week before our departure date then set off to spend two weeks in…

If you’re anything like me, your German is probably beyond basic. Before dating my Viennese boyfriend or setting foot in a German-speaking country, I knew how to say Gutentag, Gutenmorgen, danke… and my German speaking abilities pretty much ended there.

During the EU wide lockdown in March, I found myself in Vienna with a generous amount of time on my hands. Since my partner is Viennese and that I was going to be in Vienna for a while, I decided to start teaching myself German. Also sometime in the last six months, I heard someone quote Nelson Mandela, “If you…

Jessica Diesta

Californian living in Prague.

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