Hello everyone. Next semester (September - December 2011) I will be studying abroad at Charles University in Prague. I have two main questions that I was hoping to get some help with.
1 - Will not speaking Czech be a problem? I will have a two week crash course at the beginning of the semester, but I will obviously not be fluent after that. My adviser said that about 70% or so of the population of Prague speak English, but I am concerned about the countryside. I really want to take advantage of the natural beauty in the Czech Republic (hiking, kayaking, etc.) so I was wondering if this would be possible if I have only a basic knowledge of the Czech language.
2 -Can anyone recommend some out of country weekend trips? As much as I know I'll love the Czech Republic, I'd really love to explore Europe more. I've been told to keep to east of the Czech Republic, as it is cheaper that way. However, I'm unsure of exactly what cities to visit, and how I can get there. I don't mind taking long train rides, as long as the place in interesting.
For these weekend trips, I'll probably just be by myself, as I usually prefer to travel long distances that way. My budget will be of a pretty average size...I can't spend massive amounts of money, but I am saving most of it for travel, so I think I should be able to afford some nice trips.
Thanks for your time and help, it is much appreciated.