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My first InterNations mixer

If you read my article last week about InterNations, you’ll know that last night (11th March) was the latest InterNations mixer, held at Como in Wenceslas Square, Prague. With 209 people confirming their attendance on the InterNations event page, it looked to be a busy night, full of fun, drink and, most importantly, networking.

Having never attended such an event before, I really didn’t know what to expect. When I arrived, I was presented, as everyone else was, with a token for a free drink. As one of the first 50 people to get there, I was also given a token for a free shot of Jaegermeister- a somewhat odd choice for a Tuesday night, but I redeemed it all the same (I’m rather regretting it now, however).

For anyone who is a little apprehensive about joining InterNations because they feel like they won’t meet anyone from their country- don’t be. I met people from all around the world, from Australia, Slovakia, Ukraine, India, Russia, America, and of course, the United Kingdom. If I’d spent more time trying to talk to everyone in the room I’d have been there all night, but I would probably have met someone from nearly every country in the world.

My only criticism of the night was that there really were just too many people. There was nowhere near enough time to talk to everyone, and by the time we got around to trying to, little groups were already forming. There were a lot of regulars there, who had attended mixer events in the past, and had already met some of the people there- there were also people who attend smaller group events together and thus stuck to their own little group. If I were to advise anyone who’s thinking of going to one of these larger events, I’d say to go alone and go early, so you can talk to people before the groups start to form.

In all though, it was an interesting night. I left at around 11, when a lot of others were leaving too. I did manage to meet some interesting people and connect with them via InterNations, which was generally the whole point of the evening. It was fun, and obviously an excellent way for new expats to meet new friends in Prague, or even network for the purpose of jobs or such like. There are group events happening all the time on InterNations, from beer nights to karaoke nights to hiking, so perhaps I’ll try one of those next!

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