How To Make Friends In Prague
Moving to any new city can be a daunting prospect. First there are the legal requirements and documentation to adhere to and the dreaded foreign office where you are labelled an alien questioned about your motives. If you aren’t moving for work, employment is also high on the priority list, as is finding long-term accommodation if you don’t already have it covered.
Once you’re working, living comfortably and settled, you’re gonna need some friends. Sure it’s nice to go out with colleagues from time to time, but it’s always good to separate work and social life by finding people with similar interests and hobbies to enjoy spending your time with.
Whilst the planet is getting ever closer and ever more connected with social networking and the internet, it can still be a daunting prospect to go out in the outside world and make buddies.
InterNations is a company developed specifically for the above purpose. If you sign up on their website, you’ll get invites to their well-organized parties and events, where you’ll get the chance to meet other people in the same boat as you. It isn’t just about going to the pub with a label that says ‘Hi I’m Dave’ as the events have themes and entertainment where you’ll get a chance to try something new. I have a great memory of learning tango, although the instructor specifically pointed me out as the worst he’d ever seen, and I don’t blame him.
As the largest international community for people who live and work abroad, InterNations offers global networking opportunities, local events and expat-relevant information. At around 3,500 monthly events and activities, expats get to meet fellow internationals in their city, while forums and destination guides provide valuable tips and information. To ensure the quality of the network, InterNations membership is by approval only.
Reddit is an excellent forum where people post thoughts, questions, links and invites which are divided into subcategories. If you check the Czech forum, or subreddit, you’ll find people asking for restaurant tips, people asking if anyone wants to join them for a football match and even searching for beer buddies.
Obviously keep your wits about you if you agree to meet some randoms for a beer, but it can be a great way to meet new people. 5 Years ago I met some Italian guys who were new to Prague, asking about football teams to play for and we’re still friends today; although we drink beer more than playing football these days.
MeetUp is a cool application that provides a platform for people to organize events for likeminded individuals. If you’re a chess player looking for some friendly competition, a musician looking for people to jam with or a book fiend looking for a discussion, check out meetup and there should be a group meeting with your interests. It’s a great way to meet people with similar interests and hobbies, or alternatively just a nice way to meet people new to the city and looking to meet new people.
Some people are able to just walk into a pub, sit at the bar and strike up a conversation with other people. That’s one way I like to make acquaintances, although I understand that not everybody has the confidence to do that, and it isn’t always successful.
If you are one of those who doesn’t mind talking about sports or whatnot to randoms, head down to a decent bar in Prague, especially when there is football on the television so that you can start a conversation by calling the referee a derogatory name.
Facebook Groups and Pages
Despite its recent security problems and data loss scandals, Facebook is still an extremely useful resource for those looking to keep in touch with friends and those looking to make new ones.
There are many groups and pages on Facebook that advertise events and gatherings across Prague and they often concentrate on bringing together people with similar interests.
Here’s a few that I found with just a quick search:
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