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
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?
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
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