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  1. Auburn
    March 12, 2014

    Nice overview of Praha, and I definitely second Anne Marie’s recommendation of Budapest. It’s got the architectural charm of Prague (along with another challenging language), reasonable cost of living, and a historical-modern balance of everyday life. Plus, there are some amazing “ruin bars” – pubs created in former living spaces – worth a visit.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 14, 2014

      Those sound like interesting bars. I went to a couple of “cave” bars in Paris in the Marais quarter. Very interesting.

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  2. Anne Marie
    March 11, 2014

    If you love Prague I’m sure you will like Budapest, Hungary as well. It has a really good feeling to it, nice people and lovely food. Check it out!
    Best travels
    Anne Marie

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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 12, 2014

      I’ve heard good things about Budapest.

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  3. Patti
    March 10, 2014

    Another post for my “Prague” file!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 10, 2014

      Oh just wait. I have some more coming! 😉

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  4. Sam
    March 8, 2014

    Does sound like it could make a good base for you guys. I’ve been to Prague three or four times, and enjoy it, though nothing particularly attracts me to stay for a long time. How do you find the people? I haven’t had much interraction with Czech people, but the stereotype (at least the one I have heard) is rude and distant: have you found this to be true?

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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 8, 2014

      I’ve heard that as well, and it hasn’t been my experience. Like most big cities, people kind of keep to themselves. If you talk to someone or something, they’re quite polite and helpful. Many are quite cheerful. But on buses, trains, etc., everyone just minds their own business really.

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  5. Cathy Sweeney
    March 8, 2014

    It’s tough to pick a favorite travel memory, but I’ve been twice — each time during the Christmas markets. They are among the best in Europe. My husband would actually say “the best”. How lucky you are to be living like a local there. Would love to do that.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 8, 2014

      I wouldn’t mind seeing the Christmas markets here. I’m sure they’re quite lovely.

      It has been very nice being here in this manner for sure.

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  6. Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)
    March 8, 2014

    So great to see you guys are enjoying Prague so much, and that it still remains really affordable. I remember when I backpacked through there in 2005, it was really a wonderland, with subway rides costing just a few cents and the beer being so much cheaper than water. It was a delight at the time, but it made the transition to Austria afterwards that much more painful!

    The Czech Republic is part of Schengen Zone, right? So a 3 month stay is all that is possible?

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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 8, 2014

      There are a handful of countries that Czech allows a stay for 90 days beyond the Schengen time, but the US isn’t one of them unfortunately. So a temporary residency visa would be needed to extend.

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  7. Catherine Forest
    March 8, 2014

    Wow, I really liked Prague when I visited 16 years ago, but I never would have considered it as a longer term stay. That’s very interesting! We are considering Europe in two years, so I will definitely take note of your recommandations!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 8, 2014

      I sure didn’t expect to love it quite as much as I have. Ditto for Tigger.

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  8. Barb
    March 8, 2014

    Love reading about your travels and really admire the life you have created for your family.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 8, 2014

      Thank you! That’s very sweet of you.

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  9. WJ Falls
    March 8, 2014

    What a wonderful life you have in Prague! Though I have never been, Prague is my favorite city. I spend most of my free time reading about it, and hopefully, if I live to retirement age, I would love to retire there. I even have a Pinterest board and Flipboard magazine dedicated to all things Prague. Thanks for sharing your experiences. Will.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 8, 2014

      It is truly a wonderful place to stay. I think you’d be quite happy retiring to here.

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  10. Bethaney – Flashpacker Family
    March 7, 2014

    Prague is a city I’ve always wanted to visit. It sounds like such an excellent base! Definitely on my radar for a long term stay now. 🙂

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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 8, 2014

      I had never even considered basing it here until we spent some time here. Now it’s definitely in the top of my list!

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  11. Krystal Loverin
    March 7, 2014

    Talon, how difficult is it to locate an apartment “bundle” like you guys found? Germany is on our traveling list so it would be easy to hop over to Prague and you make it sound fantastic! I assume you guys are traveling on the 90 day visitor visa? If Wikipedia holds true, I found this: In addition, above the framework of the Schengen visa exemption of 90 days in any 180 day period, Argentine, Chilean, Costa Rican, Israeli, Malaysian, Mexican, South Korean and Uruguayan citizens are permitted to spend an extra 3 months visa-free in the Czech Republic. Since my husband is Mexican, I usually find more limitations on him so this is great news! When you rented the apartment, were there any hassles since you’re there on the tourist visa?

    Sorry for the million questions but I’m so excited to finally be traveling and eager to see the world!

    Krystal, Jose, Erika, and Mia

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    • Talon Windwalker
      March 7, 2014

      It’s really rather simple. I initially located this place through AirBnB. We stayed a few nights, loved it, and so I worked out a deal with the owner. There are some websites for finding short-term leases, short stay places, etc., as well as some Facebook groups.

      The bundled situations are probably a little more of a challenge if you go outside of a rental site like we used, but utilities are really quite cheap here.

      No one asks for a visa. It’s super easy as a tourist to find a place.

      Good news for your husband! Wow! Wish it worked that way for people from the US!

      Feel free to ask questions. You can also email me via the Contact Us area at the top of the page.

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