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
Old habits die hard, or, the return of the American smile. * People are smiling at me. In the elevator. When I go into a public bathroom. When I’m entering or leaving a shop. When I’m turning the corner in a hallway. I didn’t know how much my facial muscles have longed for this. The American smile. … Continue reading Old Habits Die Hard + Norman Rockwell Museum
While entering the woods behind the Clark Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts, an interesting thing happened. Ondra and I have talked a lot about cultural differences since we’ve been in the States – he finally visiting my *motherland* after I’ve spent three years in his, but this conversation had a slightly uncomfortable feel. “So American,” I … Continue reading Defending Your Culture + the Clark Art Institute
“Obrigado/obrigada” means “thank you” in Portuguese – the first when spoken by a male, and second when spoken by a female. We stopped for a 21-hour layover in Lisbon on our way to NYC, and boy was it gorgeous. I love the fact that central Lisbon is connected to the airport by metro. Plus, its … Continue reading Five Hours in Lovely Lisboa – Obrigada!
This post isn’t going to be what you expect. What you will discover is that before moving abroad, I had quite a sheltered life. But I didn’t know that I lived a sheltered life – and I kinda forgot about it until a few days in to our New York vacation. I think many Americans … Continue reading Reverse Culture Shock: 6 Things I Did for the First Time in Europe
Last Thursday we left for New York-JFK airport, happy campers: We had incredible views of the Andes mountain range: (the white parts are clouds among the mountain peaks) …and of the coast of Lisbon, where we had a one-day layover, from the plane: The Lisbon airport is incredibly close to the city center, which explains … Continue reading 5 Czech-American Firsts
Today’s the day odlétáme (we fly away)… 😀 we are leaving for NYC! This is the end of my third year in CZ, and I have accomplished some major life goals! For one thing, I measure each year in terms of my Czech progress. Last year, my goal was basically not to get tired after … Continue reading A Summer in Czexile