I don’t dance around the subject – I absolutely love learning Czech. Why? 1. It’s the second-most spoken Western Slavic language after Polish. So, it’s somewhat similar to the language of my own ancestors and I have 10.5 million people to talk to! Compared to Poland’s 38.5 million, that’s way less intimidating 😀 In the … Continue reading 5 Reasons I Love Learning Czech
To Pilsen or not to Pilsen? That is the question. A lot of Czechs wondered why I wanted to go to Pilsen… it’s so boooooring there. Well, I can’t say February, cold and icy, is the best time to go, but even then there were interesting museums to visit, good food to eat, and excellent coffee to … Continue reading 10 Things to Do in Pilsen That Are Not Drinking Beer
A conversation. I point to an ironing board, wanting to confirm the verb. “Žehlit?” Boyfriend’s mom: “Ano.” Me: “Víte, jak jsem to se naučila (to slovo)?” Boyfriend’s mom: “Ne, jak?” Me: “Divala jsem se na ‘Báječná léta pod psa.’” Boyfriend walks in. “Jak jsi naučila žehlit?” Me: “To jsem se ještě nenaučila.” *once more in … Continue reading You know how to iron?
After living for 2.5 years in CZ, it was time to visit Plzeň (which I’ll refer to using the English name Pilsen), city of the most famous Czech beer and puppets galore. I was so happy to finally make it there with Ondra, on a bright sunny day: Pilsen is the home of Pilsner Urquell, … Continue reading Is Pilsner Urquell Better in Plzeň?
Hej! This would be rude in Czech or in English, but it’s how you say hi in Danish… …so be it 🙂 You can tell me anything, pretty Nyhavn buildings. The sign that greets you in the airport. 1. I am definitely one of the shortest people in this city (maybe country) Why is everyone … Continue reading 4 Conclusions After 24 Hours in Copenhagen
A GIANT MASK! Photo taken in Pilsen. Mardi Gras in New Orleans is my current dream trip, but in the meantime, Czechia’s Masopust is a fun alternative! This version of the pre-Lent celebration usually takes place in villages, with central participants parading through the streets in costume with a small group of violinists and a bassist, … Continue reading Masopust or Fašank? Either Way, It’s Czech Mardi Gras
In the often-quoted and immortal words of Robert Frost: “I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” *** Despite the many complaints I hear about the Czech company … Continue reading The Road Taken by Train