The process of settling in was a little more challenging because I had been gone for so long. Little things like getting a new sim card for my Czech cell phone all required attention. Covid related closures meant that stores, shops, cafes, etc. that had been my known places for years were gone and needed to be replaced. After being here through the lockdown last year, it was great to see life getting back to normal. And yes, the city is still beautiful, vibrant, and hopeful.