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A Frenchman lost in Czech Republic

Life in the Czech Republic is very nice. Firstly, the capital city Prague, located one hour from Pardubice, is, in my opinion, the most beautiful city in Europe. The cost of living is also very appreciable. Thus, the cost of food in supermarkets is easily half that in France. In comparison, Lidl, considered at home as a low-cost sign, is here one of the highest brands or prices. Nevertheless, this does not mean that the quality of the products is bad. Indeed, for food, there are brands also present in France, and brands of distributors such as Tesco or Albert. By comparison, since it is the one that interests everyone when they go to this country: the price of beer.

So, you will not be surprised to learn that beer is cheaper than water. For 12 Czech crowns, or 50 cents, you will have a beer of 0.5L, against € 2 in France. And as for beer, an article will be devoted entirely to that. YES, life is not expensive in the Czech Republic.

Indeed, the average salary in the Czech Republic is around € 920 while in Pardubice it is € 800. This explains the lower cost of living. In addition, the Czech crown is a currency that weighs little. For 1 € you will have 26 Czech crowns.

So, I spend 100 € per month for food expenses and 230 € for rent! Thus, you can discover other aspects of the Czech Republic very easily. The low cost of living allowed me to travel a lot, to attend sports events.

Czechs are generally good and kind people. However, when you arrive in the Czech Republic, you will have to prepare to meet people with very low level of English, except in Prague.

Thus, I took B2 + level English, close to C1, and half of the students had a level close to B1. Similarly, in Pardubice, I sometimes had trouble outside the University communicating in English. Aside from some stores such as pharmacy, do not expect to hold a conversation in English.

This can be inconvenient for formalities such as sending important mails by post, at the station, or to communicate with the people of the reception for the formalities concerning the rooms (pay the rent, laundry, ect)

MundiVox

MundiVox

Les blogs des étudiants internationaux. Etrangers, à Paris, ou Parisiens, à l'étranger.

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