After a longer time abroad, having studied in Finland and Austria, I decided to visit my home country again. I have always liked mountains. That’s why I completed my study exchange in Austria and even though I didn’t get a training position in there, I was happy enough to acquire a place in the Czech mountains. Our mountains are smaller than the Alps (the highest one is “only” 1602 m above sea level), nevertheless, they are a beautiful, clean and often cold environment.
I am working in a small town called Vysoké nad Jizerou for one family-owned company offering accommodation. It is nice and diverse work. I am helping the owners with promoting themselves online, currently renovating their website, taking and uploading new pictures, communicating with some partners and any other administration that is needed.
Since I started working in March, it has been more of a spring/summer season so far. Spring in the mountains starts a bit later than in the lowlands and naturally is also a bit colder. However, we have had some nice (partly) sunny days here already!
In my free time, I have been visiting my friends and family in Prague as well as friends in Austria I made during my exchange semester. In the end of the winter, I also went to watch some of the final races in biathlon of this season. It was located in the north, close to the so called Giant Mountains where I am working. Even though there was no more natural snow, it was still quite cold. However, many people came to see the stars of Czech biathlon, a sport which is becoming increasingly more popular here every year.
I have still some weeks left here and soon it is going to be the time of the year when many people escape the hot summer in cities to cool down in the mountains. It is also in the middle of summer when the town celebrates its founding (more than 500 years ago!) to which I am really looking forward!