Hello there!

I’m Novinta, a 26-year old from the world’s largest archipelago: Indonesia. I’m currently pursuing my master’s degree in Cultural Sociology at Masaryk University.

Born and raised in the tropics, I was always rather enchanted by the beauty of Europe and its four seasons. Upon spending a weekend in the Czech Republic six years ago, I knew that I would come back to this country for a longer period of time. My dream came true last year when I left my home island, Bali, for another multicultural spot called Brno.

Like every other international student, my moving involved a quest for an accommodation. Masaryk University offers dormitories for all international students. However, you can also choose to stay in a shared flat like I do. I would recommend areas like Veveří, Žlutý kopec, Pisárky, or Stránice depending on where your faculty is located.

Brno turned out to be way better than I expected. There is a large number of expatriates, international students, and other types of foreigners who live in this South Moravian capital. Brno also offers its ‘local charm’ while being an international city. The annual Christmas Market and some folklore festivals are the things you won’t want to miss.

Czech people are proud to speak their beautiful language and I highly recommend you to learn some of their phrases. Even though I study in English, learning Czech is suggested because not many people can speak English here.

It has been more than a year since I moved to Brno, and I have never been happier. Not only because studying in Europe was my biggest dream, but also all the activities I do in my free time here. Nothing makes me feel better than walking around one of the parks and breathe the clean air.

I hope you’ll enjoy Brno as much as I do!

In gratitude,

Novinta Desweriel

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