Traveling throughout Europe can leave you with some big, albeit totally worth it, holes in your wallet. So, if you’re at all concerned about saving money and getting the most out of your travels, doing a bit of research on the various attractions and services offered ahead of time is worth your while. While in Prague, I did just that and discovered that free walking tours were everywhere. Tour guides throughout the main streets offer tourists a completely free 2.5 hour walking tour in Prague. Too good to be true? Keep reading to find out.
If you’re looking for something a bit “different” to do in Prague, then the Sedlec Ossuary in Kutná Hora has you covered. I’m sure you’ve seen your fair share of churches, temples, and the like while travelling, but this chapel is far from typical. Upon stepping inside this unassuming building you’ll be surrounded by the bones of about 40, 000 people, which have been used as decoration. Despite the relatively small size of the chapel, the history behind why the skeletons were initially brought here and what the inspiration was for putting them on display all make the visit well worth the trip.
So, you’re qualified as a TEFL teacher, you’ve landed your dream job, and you’re ready to get started in the classroom. There’s only one problem – you’re terrified.
Nerves are common among new teachers and your first lesson can be a daunting experience, but trust me when I say it these jitters are something that you can conquer. With a little planning and preparation, and a dash of determination, you can come out of your first lesson smiling. Here are my top tips..
When most people think of Hong Kong, they picture an overpopulated city filled with skyscrapers and too much traffic. While they wouldn’t necessarily be wrong, this city has much more to offer visitors and expats alike. If you happen to be or was an expat in Hong Kong, or are just curious about what life might be like living in this beautiful concrete jungle, then Frank Wingate’s tale of 22 years of expattery in Hong Kong might strike a cord. He shares his funny, bizarre, and often relatable stories of life in Hong Kong in the book “Poxy Chicken”.
The Korean Demilitarized Zone (otherwise known as the DMZ) marks the division between North and South Korea; a 250 km long and 4 km wide buffer zone. This zone was created as part of the Korean Armistice Agreement between North Korea, the People’s Republic of China, and the United Nations Command forces in 1953 (thanks, Wikipedia). Though this area claims to be a Demilitarized Zone, it is ironically one of the most heavily militarized borders in the world. You wouldn’t want to pass up the opportunity to go on a DMZ Tour, as this will probably be the closest you’ll ever get to North Korea.
After taking a tour around the beautiful Changdeokgung Palace in Seoul, be sure to head to the back to see the Huwon, or “Rear Garden”. Today, it’s widely known as the Secret Garden and secret it is! You can only enter the Secret Garden on a guided tour, so be sure to time your visit wisely. During the Joseon Dynasty, this garden was built for the sole use of the royal family and the women of the palace. The Secret Garden at Changdeokgung Palace is an extremely green, peaceful, and charming place to explore for a few hours.
After you’ve finished walking around Bukchon Hanok Village, you can take a short walk over to one of the “Five Grand Palaces” – Changdeokgung Palace. This Palace was built during the Joseon Dynasty and is rumored to have been the favourite amongst many Joseon Princes. Unfortunately, like the other Palaces, Changdeokgung Palace suffered heavy damage during Japan’s occupation in the early-to-mid 1900s. As a result, only about 50% of the structures you will see at the Palace are from before the occupation.
Wanting to see another side of Seoul? Bukchon Hanok Village is a traditional Korean village in the Gye-Dong neighbourhood. This 600-year old village from the Joseon Dynasty has been preserved and though it is now a destination for tourists, many locals still live in the historic houses along the various narrow alleyways. This was one of my favourite sights in Seoul – the village has history, cute houses, intriguing alleyways, and is just all-around really interesting.
A trip to Amsterdam wouldn’t be complete without spending a few hours at the Heineken Brewery. “The Heineken Experience” offers a glimpse into the history of its world-renowned beer by taking visitors on an engaging tour in the building of their first brewery which was built in 1867.
The Anne Frank Museum is a definite must-see for anyone visiting Amsterdam. Whether you’re a history buff, student, or parent, the gravity of walking through this museum will fill you to the brim with emotion (and if it doesn’t, there’s probably something wrong with you).