Miami

Last month I spent time in South Florida. I visited my brother in Delray Beach, had an interview in Fort Lauderdale, and visited an old friend in Miami.

First off, I accepted the job and will be relocating soon…. TBA

Secondly, Miami is awesome. I spent my short time in the city soaking up the awesomeness of the Wynwood Art District. Highly recommended for those interested in street art.

It was nice to visit an old friend. He was a foreign exchange student with family my senior year of high school. His sister is studying photography and took the below photos of me.IMG_1402 IMG_1419 IMG_1422 IMG_1427 IMG_1429 IMG_1440 IMG_1449 IMG_1462 IMG_1464 IMG_1465 IMG_1468 IMG_1469 IMG_1471

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Even today, close to four months after having left Prague, questions continue to flood in regarding my time in the Czech Republic.

“What were you doing over there?”

“Was it hard to teach English?”

“How did you find a job?”

“How much do I need to save beforehand?”

“I’m tired and need a change, how did you teach English in Prague?”

I truly enjoy answering all questions thrown at me and take time to thoughtfully answer each one.

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Not only is teaching abroad in Prague a simple decision, but it’s quite easy to execute as well.

The country, as a whole, is inexpensive.

A TEFL course is easy to sign up for.

Finding a job, post course, is made easy by the connections made through The Language House (TLH).

I decided in March that I was going to teach English abroad, and moved at the end of August; in a matter of five months I made all arrangements necessary to tie up loose ends in California and throw myself headfirst into a foreign country.

Upon moving over there, I didn’t know a single person.

I had never been to Prague before.

In fact, I had never been that far East before.

I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. Beyond the TEFL course I was signed up for, I had no plan regarding job, visa, money or a home.

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I would encourage everyone, at some point in their life, to take a leap and live abroad. Ideally, go on your own and have no expectations. It is such a life changing experience that I’m so incredibly thankful to have accomplished.

Of the twenty something students I took TLH course with, I was one of the first to leave Prague – some seven or eight months after the course. Each of the students found their niche in the country, found a job (or multiple jobs) and made a life in the new country. A pretty good success ratio if you ask me. As of now, a majority of those students are still in Prague.

Teaching English is a very rewarding experience that introduces you to new cultures, ideas and perspectives.

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TLH is a month long intensive course that will give you all the skills necessary to teach English to a non-native speaker. After completing the course I felt confident in my ability to teach private or group language lessons at any age.

I had lesson plans all ready to go, and plans A B and C ready for a lesson that might not go as planned.

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I was set up to successfully teach a class all on my own.

I ended up working full time at an international school, “teaching” 2-5 year old students from all over the world. I use the word “teaching” loosely because it’s quite hard to really teach children that young. They are sponges, everything is new to them. Not only were we teaching, but we were feeding, putting to nap, reading to, and playing with these kiddos all day long.

One of the best parts was seeing these kids from all over the world, from all different backgrounds and native languages, speak to one another…Rather, I should say say, attempt to speak to one another.

For example one of my students had a mother from Ukraine, a father from Saudi Arabia, she was living in the Czech Republic and went to an English language school. This little four year old was already exposed to four different languages on a daily basis. That’s not even including the languages her peers were speaking in their free time.

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My students were from Malaysia, South Korea, Turkey, Africa, Germany, Russia, Chechnya, Ukraine and more. An insane amount of nationalities were covered in one school grade.

The opportunity to work with these kids, speak to them, and watch them learn and grow is one that I never would have imagined I might have.

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So, I say go for it. If you’ve been thinking about living abroad, teaching English as a foreign language, or just going on an adventure, this is one of the best and most affordable ways to make it feasible. Consider this your final push to take the leap into a new life changing experience.

Feel free to email me with any more questions. I didn’t bother covering all the boring logistics and details in this post but will do so in the future; sakehm@gmail.com.

Below are some photos of my sweet little students.


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Locating street art is always a priority with each new destination. Tastefully done street art typically means you’ve found a potentially “hip” area packed with all sorts of local hubs waiting to be discovered. Over the years I’ve made an effort to track down some cool looking walls and photograph my favorite pieces.

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Český Krumlov, Czech Republic, 2014

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Dear Milton, Florida,

I would like to take the time to commend you on some newly discovered hidden gems scattered throughout your “seemingly” boring boundaries.  I have been pleasantly surprised on multiple occasions over the last few days, as I have stumbled upon various restaurants, cafes and antique shops. I must admit, upon moving to your township two months ago, I was slightly hesitant to leave the comfortable confines of your more attractive, popular, big sister Pensacola, but hereby declare that I have been sorely mistaken. New, self-gathered evidence points that Milton truly is a quaint, entertaining town all on it’s own. That is, if you’re willing to give it a chance.

Well done, Milton. I applaud you and look forward to future discoveries.

With newfound respect,

Sarah

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Alright guys, it’s true – there really are places worth visiting in Milton! I am finding that I am really starting to enjoy myself here. From Bands on the Blackwater activities each Friday evening, to the quaint little thrift shops and antique stores, I’ve certainly been finding a lot to enjoy.

I’ve recently learned that Historic Milton is having some trouble thwarting plans of an intrusive four-lane highway. The highway proposal could potentially destroy old buildings in its charming district as well as redirect any prospective tourism straight out of the pleasant little downtown.

“Saving downtown does not just mean saving our past, it means investing in the brightest future for our beloved little city.”

In honor of small towns everywhere, let’s hop on board and help give Milton a chance to prove itself. For more information read and sign the petition here to help fight for preservation of Milton, Florida’s Historic District.

OR if you live in the area, stop by Old Post Office Antiques. Sign in person and enjoy one of the lovely buildings that could potentially be harmed by the lane add-ons. They also have the most delicious lunch cafe with the sweetest staff.

Wearing: Rag and Bone denim, thrifted neck tie ($1 downtown Milton!), Mango gladiators here (40% off!)



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The Broad Abroad Pt. 5 – What Travel ‘Looks’ Like

Hi again. In an attempt to make my blog more relevant I’ve collected photos of some of my favorite travel looks. Past posts elaborate on the actual travels, but now I want to incorporate my style choices. When I moved to the Czech Republic I took two suitcases and left a closet full of clothes in storage, woe is me. I managed to pack sensibly, as well as fashionably, for a warm fall and cool winter in central Europe.

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Paris, France Wearing: J Brand denim | Chelsea Boot by Clarks | Faux fur scarf from Madewell

 

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Vienna, Austria -Schönbrunn Palace Wearing: This Top Shop coat and H&M bag haunt my winter travels, it was always so cold that I ended up wearing my coat in almost every photo. It served me well along with the oversize, inexpensive bag. Perfect for carrying all travel necessities.

 

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Vienna, Austria – MuseumsQuartier Wearing: I managed to ditch the coat on second trip to Austria, as it was ever so slightly warmer. Top from Zara | Denim by French Connection | Chelsea Boot by Clarks

 

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Prague, Czech Repubic Wearing: Knee-high wool socks | Leather pleated skirt from Top Shop | Sleeveless top from Top Shop

 

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Czech Countryside Wearing: Adidas insulated running tights | Boots by Dr. Martens | My dad’s old plaid button-up | Vest by J-Crew | Kipling bag

 

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Berlin, Germany – The Berlin Wall Wearing: Faux fur coat from Zara | Top Shop denim | Puma tennis shoes (Thanks Cassy!)

 

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Paris, France Wearing: Turtle neck and skirt from TopShop

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**Below are more looks of key pieces recycled throughout my adventures.

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Český Krumlov, South Bohemia

 

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Prague, Czech Republic – Abandoned warehouse

 

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Switching trains in Linz, Austria

 

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Vienna, Austria – MuseumsQuartier

 

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In “The Nature” Czech Republic

 

Prague, Czech Republic – John Lennon Wall

 

Prague, Czech Republic – The Magical Cavern

 

 

 

The Broad Abroad Pt. 3 – Oktoberfest

I’m on a roll today, making up for ten months (or, a life?) of lost time. So, Oktoberfest 2014.

The Language House (TLH) came to a close days before the final weekend of Oktoberfest, how incredibly convenient. We booked our travels late in the game, but I was lucky to have friends already in Munich. We piggy backed on their plans and were fortunate enough to share their hotel room. After the final TLH exam we hopped on a Bavaria-bound train. After hours of riding through Czech Republic and German countrysides, slugging bier, and belting out songs with new friends from Israel, we arrived at München Hauptbahnhof (Munich Main Train Station).  Because it was already late on Thursday night we were greeted with hoards of drunk, dirndl and lederhosen-clad Germans fisting pretzels into their mouths, bellowing Ein Prosit (I salute you), and attempting to make their way home for the night. I wouldn’t expect to arrive any other way.

Upon arriving at the hotel I found a note and a bottle of vodka demanding that we catch up and meet my friends at a bar in the area. We wouldn’t want to upset our friends, now would we? We followed their instructions and kicked off Oktoberfest the right way.

After having experienced Munich’s Starkbierfest, or Strong Beer Festival, in February of 2012, I was well equipped for another Bavarian experience with my pink and green dirndl.

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The Broad Abroad Pt. 2 – The Language House

“Why was she going to Prague?” her reader wonders aloud.

To make sense of the situation, let me rewind to about this same time last summer. I spent close to a year and a half working for a Fashion PR company in West Hollywood, CA as the team’s Development Coordinator. It was my duty to create press releases for our 20+ client brands and blast off to all sorts of industry representatives. We collaborated with designers and brand reps to coordinate gifting for VIP and celebrity talent. I worked under my manager to create strategic gifting placements and ran office deliveries. I also assisted in management of all facets of social media. All in all, it was a great first job, with even better people. As the months went on, my feet began to itch and I began scheming different ways to get out of the country.  I decided that Teaching English as a Foreign Language was my best, and safest, option.

I did a general search, read some blogs, and stumbled on The Language House in Prague. I jumped through the company hoops just to feel it out, baby steps here and baby steps there – without making any real commitments. Next thing I know, I’m chugging wine and putting down a deposit. I told my job shortly after that I would be done at the end of summer. I spent the next few months planning, arranging storage, and pretending to study English.

In September 2014 I made my final travel arrangements and moved to the Czech Republic. It could be said that I should have done a bit more research, with such a big move and all, but apparently I just got lucky. The TEFL course took up most of September, it gave me all the skills necessary to teach English and also refreshed my memory on all things English language. Upon arriving to Prague, The Language House sets up housing with other students for the month. They did a great job of really helping us integrate into the new country, from a city tour, to a crash course in the Czech language, they really set us up for success in our new home. It should also be noted that they do a wonderful job of building a community around their new students, within the first week I had many new friends who were currently in the course, as well as previous graduates of the program!

I could go on and on about this course as it was easily one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. If anyone happens across this post and would like any more information, please don’t hesitate to email me at sakehm@gmail.com. I’d be happy to give a more in depth review and answer any questions!

Below are some photos of my favorite TEFL Language House memories.

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The Broad Abroad Pt. 1 – Oslo, Norway

Throughout the past few years I’ve had many opportunities to travel and see much of Europe. Through studying abroad at Lorenzo ‘de Medici in Florence to taking a semester at London College of Fashion, a flop of an “accessory design” internship in London, to teaching English in the Czech Republic, I’ve had my fair share of exposure to the wonderful cultures and people of pwanet earf.

I’ve gotten many inquiries about my most recent stint in the Old World, I’ll follow up with that in a future post as it is worthy of a full-blown review.

During my initial trip to Prague last fall, I had a quick stop over in Oslo. I couldn’t resist the temptation to hop on the fast train into the city for some quick sightseeing before jetting off to my final destination.

On the train I met a young Frenchman, whose name is escaping me at the moment. He had been road tripping around the New World with his American girlfriend. Also stopping over quickly in Oslo, we decided we would enjoy the city together, who doesn’t like making new friends? We explored the areas close to the airport, enjoyed a picnic in a garden, watched some pigeons, and went our separate ways.

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