Tag: holidays

  • Traveling during the holidays sucks

    Traveling during the holidays sucks

    The temptation to use holidays off to travel is great. It’s one of the reasons I’ve always advocated for Thanksgiving travel, but December holidays are a whole different animal. Traveling during Christmas and New Year’s kind of sucks. This is a non-exhaustive list of reasons why. Things are likely to be closed Unlike the US,…

  • Christmas traditions in the Czech Republic

    Christmas traditions in the Czech Republic

    Like many European nations, the Czech Republic is known for celebrating Christmas at the Christmas markets scattered around the city. But this is only part of how Christmas is celebrated in the country, and the Czech Christmas traditions at home might seem a little weird to people from other countries. Christmas Eve dinner Christmas (or…

  • Why expats should come home for Thanksgiving

    Why expats should come home for Thanksgiving

    Since moving to Prague, I’ve spent the past couple of years visiting home for Christmas. This is the first time that I come home for Thanksgiving instead. And boy, have I been missing out. It turns out that visiting home during Thanksgiving is far more enjoyable than doing so at Christmas. These are the top…

  • Manifesto Market, a trendy alternative to Prague’s outdoor markets

    Manifesto Market, a trendy alternative to Prague’s outdoor markets

    I’m a big fan of repurposed wares and spaces. So I was thrilled earlier this year when the carefully curated Manifesto Market opened up near Florenc, in an area that was previously a garbage-filled empty lot under a highway overpass. Manifesto Market consists of a series of shipping containers housing mini pop-up versions of some…

  • 2017: A year in travel

    2017: A year in travel

    After a super busy 2016, it felt like I stayed put a lot more this year. It was a year to explore places I already knew and to enjoy home for longer periods of time. But 2017 wasn’t without its memorable trips to new places. Here are some of the highs and lows of a…

  • The terrifying Czech Christmas tradition of Mikuláš

    The terrifying Czech Christmas tradition of Mikuláš

    There’s a lot of things I love about Czech culture, but there’s nothing quite as amazing as the annual Christmas tradition of Mikuláš. The event kicks off the Christmas season and gives kids nightmares for weeks. Who is Mikuláš? Mikuláš is Czech for St. Nicholas, and Old St. Nick’s day is celebrated on December 6…