In Czech Republic, food is very social. All schools from elementary to university serve government-subsidized, fresh-made lunch (a holdover from the Communist era). Students and teachers eat alongside each other; even colleagues from larger companies in bigger cities might be allowed to get their lunch in school cafeterias. And most importantly, many families keep the … Continue reading Czech Etiquette Tips for Sunday Lunch
Donate to the Red Cross for people affected by Hurricane Harvey (in Houston) and Hurricane Irma (the Caribbean, Florida). On the one hand, they don’t have the best reporting on donation impact in the last few years, but I have heard a few different government officials assure that they are typically the first on the … Continue reading Watching American News from Abroad: Hurricane Aftermath
When writing this post name, I confess I was thinking of the catch phrase from a commercial that was always on TV when I was younger… Segway… Czechs jazz up their water with SYRUP! I’m here to tell you (Americans? I’m not sure who) that syrup ain’t only for your pancakes (or lattes, or mixed … Continue reading How Czechs Jazz Up Their Water
While I was sitting on the balcony of my house recently (coincidentally writing a blog post) and trying to suck up the last of the afternoon/evening sunlight before winter. hits. hard., my Czech grandpa expressed shock at my outfit. Let’s say it was about 18° C (64.4° F) at 6pm and I was wearing soccer shorts, … Continue reading How to Stay Healthy – Czech Tips
When you are learning a new language, you will make very funny mistakes without realizing it. If you’re lucky, the mistakes are just *cute*; they will earn you a patronizing pat on the head and nothing more. Sometimes, the mistakes are really embarrassing (like many of my peers in high school Spanish who thought ‘Estoy … Continue reading When Czech Language is Accidentally Sexual
As I have learned in the last few years, Central/East Europeans and Americans have completely different ways of expressing their enthusiasm. Here’s a helpful chart! It’s obviously exaggerating, but stereotypes can be true in a general sense. I’ve witnessed the “enthusiasm disparity” personally to some degree about Czechs, Germans, Poles, Slovaks, Hungarians, Croats and Ukrainians, … Continue reading Are You Sure It’s Only OK? (+Fizzy wine season in CZ!)
Czechs know what a credit card is. But what they think it is, is actually a debit card. Put another, less confusing way: All Czechs have debit cards. But they call them kreditní karty. “Credit cards” allow you to take out money from ATMs and pay for things by card in the store… aka they are what … Continue reading Czechs Everywhere: What’s a Credit Card?