Updates: Oct 26 – Nov 1

I’m back! The European trip wrapped up earlier this week, so you’re stuck with me for the updates again. Every time I travel, it momentarily inspires me to put more effort in to learning languages. When I travel to a place, I want to be a local. I hate most touristy things and despise being thought of as a tourist. I have perfected the covert map check, just so I don’t stand out.


A beautiful fall day in Prague

Learning languages isn’t simple, but I’ve become a big fan of Duolingo, which offers free language lessons in a sort of game format. I’ve found it very useful – I started learning German a few months ago and definitely recognized more words this time around than the last time I was in Germany. I have been meaning to start refreshing my French for a Paris trip early next year, but have basically done nothing since I got home! I think if I can get both French and German up to an acceptable level, I can take off to Europe pretty much anytime and get by on languages! What about you – how many languages do you speak?

I’ve been away for so long, it’s good to finally read some blogs again!

Have a great week everyone and hope you had a fun Halloween too!

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  1. I completely agree on the tourist thing! My fiancée and I always love the experience of French cities more than other European cities because we can engage like locals having lived here in France for a year!

    Time to learn some other European languages I think…!!

  2. Karen says:

    I visited Prague 6 years ago in May and it was gorgeous. Your photo of Prague in the fall looks just as gorgeous. I’m the same way when it comes to travelling. I actually try and learn a little bit of the language before I go. I think the locals appreciate the effort if you’re trying to speak their language, rather than just saying “Do you speak English?” in English. I often use public transportation when I am visiting a foreign place. It’s a great way to get around and explore the city.

    • Brian says:

      I should have learned a little bit of Czech, I felt a bit bad that I didn’t even know how to say hello! I am also a big fan of public transport – transit passes all the way!

  3. Wow, beautiful photo. Looks like you’re doing a lot of travelling!

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