Monday, August 31, 2009
Mandy and Sean Update........
I heard from the kids today.
Please let me bore you with a brief historical background first.
When my daughter was a junior at the University of Michigan, she had an opportunity to spend a year abroad studying at a university of her choice. She chose Prague because the Czech Republic is not on the Euro Dollar, and it is cheap to live there and to get around. She speaks enough to get by, and she has a minor in Russian.
Now the Czech Republic is a bit of an anomalie, because it was NEVER fought over or invaded during WWII. As you may recall from History class, Neville Chamberlain, the Prime Minister of England during the late 30's, got together with the allies and gave up Czechoslovakia without a fight to appease Hitlers lust for power. He called it "Peace in our time". Because of this,Prague is one of the most pristine and original cities in Europe. With bridges and castles dating to the 13th Century. No wonder Mandy and Sean fell in love with the city.
They went over there with the idea of enrolling in a course that would allow them to teach the English language to foreigners. They arrived, and took the course. It was a very intense training course that took one month to complete. While they were waiting to hear from the results of the training, they took a week-end trip to Poland, the round-trip train ticket cost 52 dollors, and a one nights stay at a very nice Hostile cost about 8 Bucks. Cheap eh?
They are now sharing a flat with a guy that works 3rd shift that they never see, and a female Russian lawyer. They have their own bedroom, but share a kitchen, bath, and living room. She E-mails me from the college, and I have a phone plan through Verizon, that lets me call her for 20 cents a minute.
Anyway.....I get a call from her today, and she sounded very excited. She said that both her and Sean landed jobs teaching English to Czechs. It was a full time job, and it paid 250 Crowns an hour (About 16 Bucks)!! The Govt. was also going to assist them in getting permanent Visa's, and they would then be eligable for health care!!
Well...There are not too many job opportunities in Michigan right now, so WTF!!!
Ahhh, to be young and adventurous!!!
Just a little update for those that might have been wondering.....
Now back to your regular programming.