Teaching Week 2: Only Old People Live in Florida

We had an impressive sun shower here. I wish pictures could show how pretty it really was.

sun shower

What I love most about being immersed in another culture and language is the way it makes you turn a critical eye on where you come from.

I do an exercise with my kids about stereotypes, asking them what they know about Americans. Here we are from the perspective of Czechs/theentirerestoftheworldthatisn’tUS:

Americans are: Fat. Lazy. Rich. Ignorant about geography. Patriotic. Always attacking other countries.

Americans eat: Hamburgers (most popular answer. If we were doing word association, it would basically go like this: “Americans.” “Hamburgers”). McDonald’s, KFC. Fries, pizza, hot dogs. Peanut butter and jelly. Junk food. Coca Cola.

Americans watch: American football, baseball, basketball. HIMYM, Friends, The Simpsons, Big Bang Theory. And one particularly awesome person said: OPRAH.

In lessons about US Geography and Sites, I got to talk a lot about American history and how so many of the differences between north and south regions really date back to the Civil War and pre-war economic differences. I also get to talk about how only old people live in Florida 😉

In other news:

I discovered a hidden Jewish site in Tišnov:

"Jewish mikve"
“Jewish mikve”
The mikve in Sklep
The mikve in Sklep

This past weekend I got to hang out with my friends Jonáš and Martin at the Brno Beer Festival (Slavnosti Pivo)! P.S. You guys should thank me because you’re pretty much famous now.

Live music at slavnosti pivo.
Live music at slavnosti pivo.
It means "Beer Pharmacy"
It means “Beer Pharmacy”

I also got some new boots at a monthly shoe expo in Tišnov where they sell boots left over from German markets for cheaper:

boots

Got my new Czech textbook in Brno:

Not your typical Barnes & Noble.
Not your typical Barnes & Noble.

czech tb

Did a little more exploring and coffee-shop-hoppin’ (in preparation for a Coffee Week next month (?!?!?!):

where to? brno tram

Café Tukaloka
Café Tukaloka
cutest mug evah
cutest mug evah
The window is full of coffee beans; also this place has the best homemade chocolate cake.
The window is full of coffee beans; also this place has the best homemade chocolate cake.

I also went to the Moravian Museum, or Moravské Muzeum, to see the Guardians of Memory exhibit: three artifacts from a special Czech collection of REALLY OLD STUFF…

Celtic Head figurine from Mšecké Žehrovice
Celtic Head figurine from Mšecké Žehrovice
The 30,000-year old Venus of Věstonice
The 30,000-year old Venus of Věstonice

venus2

meteorites from Opava-Kylešovice
meteorite pieces from Opava-Kylešovice

Also the Muzeum’s impressive World of Minerals exhibit…

Just in case you wanted to know about evolution in Czech.
Just in case you wanted to know about evolution in Czech.

purple blue yellow

I'm pretty sure that's verbatim.
I’m pretty sure that’s verbatim.

Then I finished this all off with an awesome meal of gulaš (goulash) soup and chicken gnocchi at Potrefená Husa. brno plague

(this is another Plague Monument… they’re everywhere!)

goulash soup gnocchi

All in all, it was another great week. =)

4 thoughts on “Teaching Week 2: Only Old People Live in Florida

  1. Hey Chloe! Rich here. Been enjoying your blog–I had a similar experience in my class. . .except I’m here in the US, of course! 12 Saudi students out of 18. It has been an education!

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