When something is kitschy or badly made or just bad in general we say that it’s Czech. I guess that’s an indicator of what Slovenians think of Czech. :) But using the phrase now, just makes me think of my lovely experience in Prague. Just a few weeks ago I was still an intern there. My four month internship at Locus Workspace went by in a flash and an eight hour drive to my home town of Ljubljana brought me back to reality.
I landed in Prague by coincidence, even more so at Locus. As it turned out Will and I have a mutual friend, who recommended us to each other. And he is one of the people who started coworking events in Ljubljana. For now it’s a weekly event at a cultural center. Hopefully they will establish a permanent space and give me a job. :)
Before this I didn’t know much about coworking. I understood the theory behind it, but didn’t know the real life feel of the concept. The community, networking, creating and sharing knowledge among members, forms a unique environment. It gives people a chance and motivation to work on projects, to help each other and make ideas come to life. But it doesn’t only provide a pleasant work environment; it also gives the opportunity to meet new people and to form new friendships. And I think this was also one of the wonderful things about working at Locus, meeting all the interesting people from all around the world that made the experience even better.
This was also my first time living abroad. Prague turned out to be a great choice. It’s a lot bigger than Ljubljana, but still easy to handle due to its great public transport. There is a lot going on, lively atmosphere, beautiful architecture and lovely parks. I even almost enjoyed the masses of tourists and the occasionally rude Czechs who have to deal with foreigners on a daily basis and seem to be sick of them.
All in all, living in Prague and working at Locus has left me with wonderful memories of new places, new people and new experiences. And they were not at all Czech.