We had an impressive sun shower here. I wish pictures could show how pretty it really was.
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/
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:
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.
I also got some new boots at a monthly shoe expo in Tišnov where they sell boots left over from German markets for cheaper:
Got my new Czech textbook in Brno:
Did a little more exploring and coffee-shop-hoppin’ (in preparation for a Coffee Week next month (?!?!?!):
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…
Also the Muzeum’s impressive World of Minerals exhibit…
(this is another Plague Monument… they’re everywhere!)
All in all, it was another great week. =)