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
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
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?
We often use rhetorical questions to be sarcastic in English; for example, if you ask a stupid question, you might be asked in return, Is rain wet? Do pigs fly? Is hell hot? Or: Here are some cultural (pinky in the air) rhetorical questions from CZ. 1. You are asked by your host: Do you want slippers? Just … Continue reading Rhetorical Questions You Will Be Asked While Living in Czechia
Reverse Culture Shock (from the Chlohemian side): FOOD a) I remember first landing in CZ and trying to get acclimated to my new life in my new apartment. I remember hating the taste of the water – Czech water is very hard and after a little while all hot water kettles will build up white … Continue reading First Impressions of the USA