Living in Brno

Discussion in 'Travel Tips & Advice' started by gshivakumarg, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. gshivakumarg

    gshivakumarg Member


    I am from India. I got job in Brno IBM. Could anyone please let me know how is Brno and minimum living cost for single per month, if I stay in single BHK.
    How long will visa processing will takes if I apply on November 1st. I am planning to come there on 1st week of Dec.
    Is anyone is there in Brno from India....?...Please give ur contact email ids.[/b]
  2. juraset

    juraset Active Member

    I am from Brno in Czech R. :)
    If you stayed in Brno one week it would be cost from 2000 to 4000CZK per week for accommodation and about 1500CZK for meal in restaurant.

    CZK it means "Czech Crowns"


  3. czechchris

    czechchris Well-Known Member

    Remind me not to eat in that restaurant! Unless you mean for a meal every night for a week.
  4. Alexx

    Alexx Well-Known Member

    :) It can be enough even for a month. For example, in my favourite restaurant in very center of Ostrava, meal (lunch = main course + soup + coffee or sparkling water) is 65 CZK times 22 working days is less than 1500.

    But if you try to convert it to 1.5 quid, it can look pretty funny.
  5. juraset

    juraset Active Member

    Remind me not to eat in that restaurant! Unless you mean for a meal every night for a week.[/quote]

    I meant every day lunch and diner :) - 7 x lunch and 7x dinner
  6. juraset

    juraset Active Member

    If you want to eat just one time per a day it will be cheaper
    You right, it is possible to eat and spend less money when you have "daily menu" in Brno it costs cca 65CZK also :)
  7. czechchris

    czechchris Well-Known Member

    I thought that's probably what you meant, but it sounded so funny at first that I couldn't resist. :D
    I really should make more use of the smileys! :? :lol:
  8. gshivakumarg

    gshivakumarg Member

    How long will visa processing will takes if I apply on November 1st. I am planning to come there on 1st week of Dec.
    Is anyone is there in Brno from India....?...Please give ur contact email ids.
  9. Sigma

    Sigma Well-Known Member

    There is an Indian restaurant in Brno, so there are a few Indians in the city.
  10. juraset

    juraset Active Member

    :D :p no problem :wink:
  11. Troll

    Troll Well-Known Member

    In fact Brno (as well as the whole Czech Republic) is flooded with people from the Indian subcontinent. We call them Cikáni (Gypsies). Their language is closely related to those spoken in central and northern India, Punjabi in particular. :wink:
  12. Wicker808

    Wicker808 Well-Known Member

    Troll, if a poster asked "Is there anyone from the Czech Republic in Seattle?" would you answer "Actually, all of America is flooded with people from the European sub-continent!" That is how much sense your answer makes.

    I think that the poster means "from India" in the sense "born in India," rather than in the sense "having distant ancestry from roughly that continent."

    And in any case Romanies don't eat Indian food.

    The Indian restaurant in Brno is excellent, by the way.
  13. Petr_B

    Petr_B Well-Known Member

    Joke detector seriously malfunctioning and even the wink emoticon is not enough of a hint? :roll:

    But seriously, there's so many "I'm from India and I'm going to work for IBM in Brno, could you please tell me more about how it's going to be there" questions, it would be almost worth to make a FAQ thread for them (or better yet, ask IBM to make it and mail it to job applicants).

    By the way, since when is the Czech Republic European sub-continent? Did I miss something in my Geography classes? :?
  14. Troll

    Troll Well-Known Member

    Wicker, you omitted the part about the Romani language. Maybe the Indian could be curious about the language spoken by the Gypsies.

    My original answer was meant semi-seriously. :wink:
    The Czechlands is the official shortened name of the Czech Republic. :wink:
  15. sacman

    sacman Member

  16. Sova

    Sova Well-Known Member

    I agree with Petr_B. A large international company like IBM should realize that when hiring someone to work in a country foreign to them, it is extremely helpful (not to mention relieves a lot of anxiety/stress/uncertainty) to send such information in advance of the new hire starting, and best if such information is sent out either with the job offer itself, or shortly following the acceptance of the job offer.

    It's a bit shocking to me, that this isn't standard practice--very unprofessional in my humble opinion, given the apparently high number of foreign hires (at least from India).

    Perhaps sacman has some contacts at IBM in Brno and could make such a suggestion to management.
  17. gshivakumarg

    gshivakumarg Member

    Anybody working in IBM.?
    How is work and work environment in IBM.?
    Is it worth in relocating to IBM Brno from India.?
  18. Polednikova

    Polednikova Well-Known Member

    If you don't mind my saying so, I would have thought you should do a lot more homework about a country before taking a job there. I can't think of two countries that are more different than India and the Czech Republic. I would find the idea of moving so far from home, with not much of an idea of what you're letting yourself in for, very scary.

    I have to say that I have seen very few Indian people in Prague so I imagine that there are even fewer in Brno. There are a few 'Indian' restaurants but they seem to be mostly run by people from Pakistan, rather than India. For instance, I haven't been able to find cumin in Prague although oddly, I found some on a stall in Karlovy Vary at the weekend. The Czechs call caraway seeds kmim and Tesco translate that as cumim, which of course it's not.

    All I'm trying to say is that although the Czech Republic is wonderful, you will find it very different from India and there won't be the same sort of support network of Indian expats that we from the UK or America are lucky enough to be able to call on when we first come here. If you're coming on your own, I'm sure you'll be ok but if you're bringing your wife, I think she would feel a bit isolated at home while you're out working.

    But you couldn't do better than coming to work for IBM. I am sure that they look after their employees very well and help them adapt to the country. I therefore agree with other posters that you should have a good talk with their human resources people who will be well used to answering all these sorts of questions.
  19. Petr_B

    Petr_B Well-Known Member

    On the one hand, I understand people want to get "unofficial" information from someone who has personal experience, not just sweet talk from the corporation's human resources department.
    On the other hand, I have to say that I am quite surprised that IT worker (wannabe) doesn't even know how to use the Search Forums function (once you're there, type (without double quotation marks) "IBM AND Brno" or "Brno AND India" or "IBM AND India" etc. into the first input field of the Search Query form and press <Enter>). There's a few related threads here already.
  20. sacman

    sacman Member


    Moving is no easy task, particularly to a new country. I would highly recommend visiting Brno. While its a nice little city, its very different from India and if you are moving here with your wife you'll want to spend at least a weekend before making a life decision.

    Further, I moved here 6 months ago from the US. I don't speak Czech. I visited Brno, went to the tourist office, collected what I needed and I was able to make a decision. In IBM Brno we do have quite a number of Indian employees that I'm sure will help you out.

    I look forward to seeing you in Brno soon. I hope!

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