The first thing I did upon arrival was go to a restaurant. The moment I looked down and saw that I could not understand a single word on the menu really scared me. It felt like I was a child before learning to read or a person with extreme dyslexia. When people talked it sounded as if they were speaking gibberish. I took a gamble and ordered the first thing I saw with the word Kuře meaning Chicken. This was one of the only words I knew along with hello (ahoj) and thank you (Děkuji). The next couple of days I settled in and calmed down. It took me about 2 weeks to empty my suitcase because the thought of me being in this country for a year hadn't settled in. It took about the first month in total for me to really realize that the Czech Republic was my new home for a year. In this first month, I never said, "no". I went horseback riding, went to festivals, met lots of friends, and really got to know my town. I even found a gym that I go to every day. When I walked in and spoke English the workers at the desk were very confused and immediately thought I was from Great Britain. When I told them I was from America they were so shocked, their initial reaction was, "Why are you here?" I said," because I want to learn about the world" and they said, " no, Why in this small town of Znojmo why not Prague?" so I replied, " Small towns are where the real culture is". Surprisingly I get asked that question a lot. Everyone I have met has been nothing but nice to me, I am really starting to learn things that I never thought I would.