You know that little –> ‘ <– that I put next to my name? That’s on purpose. It’s a confusing story, really, and I didn’t learn the truth until a couple years ago. When I was in elementary school, my mom told me there was an apostrophe in my name. Even back then, I was … Continue reading Mystery Solved: Why Is There an Apostrophe in My Name?
This blog is not a democracy. 😉 Learning a language is a process. But if I’m learning Czech, you have nothing to complain about in English. (Yes, that’s the secret reason why I do it.) Without further ado, let’s get to the hilarity… 1. “Okay everyone, take out your slovíčka.” (For the English speakers, this means “little … Continue reading 7 Mistakes I Make in Czech… and 14 You Make in English
I did a post on American food here. Now in honor of Thanksgiving (which is tomorrow!) (and the holiday when we shamelessly eat everything in sight and then take a nap while football plays on the TV), I obviously have to talk about Czech food. (If you learn anything from this post, let it be “food coma.”) Fudkomovat is … Continue reading The Czech Superpower (+the best and worst of Czech food don’t kill me)
It was too much. I had to go to Starbucks. I’m weird this way. When I’m stressed and upset, I drink coffee. Not tea, coffee. And I needed a place that felt like “home” when I feel so far away from it, especially now that Trump is the President-elect. And yes, even though it’s approximately … Continue reading Svatý Martin & Reacting to a Trump Presidency
Note: This is intended as a light-hearted response to the election results. There is discussion and links to the serious consequences of it towards the bottom. A more emotional response can be found here. *** USA, you disappointed me. You have completely broken my heart. There are many reasons to be angry with you.* Not the least … Continue reading 20 Deep & Shallow Reasons Why I Still Love You, USA
Lviv is the most touristy city in Ukraine – but most people I talked to there don’t speak English! That was one of the first surprises of my trip to Ukraine. It was a 14-hour direct bus ride when I tried to sleep as much as I could. Since Ukraine is not part of the … Continue reading Lviv-ing it Up (Part 2): Coffee and Varenyky
In this post, I’ll start on my foray into Ukraine, a huge country with lots to see – and I hope next time I’ll get to visit Chernivtsvi, Odessa, and Kiev as well! Lviv is a beautiful, very West-leaning city with a lot of sophisticated European-style restaurants and cafés though it happens to be in eastern Europe. Top left: a … Continue reading Lviv-ing It Up (Part 1): 15 Culture Tips from Lviv, Ukraine