Dashing Through the Snow: A First-Time Experience

Martin Chishimba, Study in Czechia Ambassador
Martin Chishimba, Study in Czechia Ambassador
Helpful tips, Leisure activities
11. prosince 2023

The moment I first glimpsed the snow-cloaked streets of Czechia, I knew I was about to embark on an adventure unlike any other. I was filled with a mix of excitement and curiosity, a feeling akin to turning the first page of a cherished novel. It was an experience that not only brought a snow-flaking mood but also a profound appreciation for the beauty and resilience of this season.

The anticipation began as autumn slowly bid farewell; Czechia was about to reveal a new chapter to me—one painted in pure shades of white. The anticipation built with each passing day as whispers of winter grew louder. The city's atmosphere began to shift. Streets once familiar took on a different charm, the rooftops adorned with delicate caps of snow, and the city's rhythm seemed to harmonize with the gentle crunch of snow underfoot. I think my description is not enough; simply come and see, Lol.


One of the most enchanting aspects of the Czech winter is witnessing how the country at large embraces this season. The markets adorned with twinkling lights and the joyful chatter of locals and fellow international students mingling amidst the festivities (and, yes, Christmas on top) create an ambience of warmth despite the cold.

Well, I must say that the chilly weather presents its challenges, especially for someone like me who hails from a warmer climate. Yet, I found solace in the cosy cafes, shopping malls, and beautifully designed restaurants indulging in nice Czech cuisines that warm both body and soul. I enjoyed relishing traditional dishes like "Svíčková na smetaně" (marinated beef sirloin) and "Goulash" (A hearty stew). Each meal feels like a celebration of the season.


In my quest to experience winter deeply, I have tried several activities. I once went out with my study-mates to visit some snow-dusted castles, frozen lakes, and serene forests here in Ostrava. I also engaged in winter sports like ice skating, allowing me to immerse myself fully in the season's spirit.

Moreover, interacting with locals revealed their unique perspectives on winter. Their warmth and resilience in the face of colder temperatures taught me valuable lessons in adaptability and appreciation for nature's rhythm.

As I am in my second Czech winter, I find myself grateful for this immersive experience. It's a season that challenges, captivates, and inspires in ways I never imagined. The memories forged during this time will forever hold a special place in my heart, shaping not only my academic journey but also my cultural understanding and personal growth.

In essence, my first Czech winter had been nothing short of magical—a testament to the country's allure and the warmth of its people. I am enthusiastically experiencing the current winter, aiming at beautiful memories and excitement to delve deeper into the splendour it holds.

For those considering studying in Czechia, brace yourselves for a winter experience unlike any other. Embrace the cold, relish the traditions, and allow yourself to be enchanted by the mesmerizing charm of Czech winter.