When you travel, you can plan things, but experienced travelers know that you constantly need to adapt to unforeseen circumstances.
I did not plan to find love in the Czech Republic, but it found me.
We continued to talk daily and continued to meet in cities around the Czech Republic.
The more time we spent together, the quicker my self-made walls fell down.
If you are living in a large town or city in the Czech Republic, I highly recommend letting go of any stigma that you feel about these apps in the States.
Although meeting someone behind a screen should never replace meeting people in person, I think it can be a way to making a fast friend in a new place.
The majority of my Czech matches wanted to practice their English and become friends with an American.
Of course, I could not completely avoid people who were just on these apps for sexual conquest.
When we parted ways that weekend, I believed we would remain good friends and a support to each other, but perhaps nothing more.
Yet something inside me urged me to go out with him again—living in a small town, there is ample time to reflect.
It was their fear that if I fell in love over here, I would stay and never return. I was not going abroad to find love—I was going to “find myself.” This would be the “year of no men,” especially since my last relationship fell to the wayside because my ex refused to support my dream of returning to the Czech Republic.