It’s the Little Things: Czech Quirks

Some things which have crossed my mind recently… *** 1. Staplers Staplers are called “little horses” (koník). I don’t know if it’s just coincidence, but I barely ever see them here! Papers are much more likely to be held together with these ubiquitous clear plastic sleeves. 2. Sink faucets These are called “little roosters” (kohoutek). Actually … Continue reading It’s the Little Things: Czech Quirks

Time Travel to Easter in the High Tatras, Slovakia

It’s officially spring! Tulips are my favorite flower. And Eastertime in Czechia is in full swing. In Svoboďák, Brno’s central square, they are readying for Majáles, a student celebration of May, often with big-name concerts: At the Easter market, pomlázky are being sold. These are “willow whips,” with colorful ribbons tied on them, for the very special Czech tradition … Continue reading Time Travel to Easter in the High Tatras, Slovakia

Czechspress Yourself: Adventures in Using a Phone Dictionary

My students may hate me for it, but whenever possible I force them to use real paper dictionaries. Why? I believe that phone dictionaries are cold, unfeeling devices that don’t care if you use the precise word – they don’t even have the emotional range of a teaspoon (thanks JK Rowling for an amazing Hermione phrase … Continue reading Czechspress Yourself: Adventures in Using a Phone Dictionary

This Weekend: I Ate a Cow Heart & Went to a Bar that Doesn’t Exist

It was quite the week – I visited the Jeden svět film festival (which promotes education about world issues facing humanity through documentary films in local cinemas for students and adults), I hung out in Brno, I saw a Ha-kapela concert, and I tried a new food that I’m sure the me from two years ago would have … Continue reading This Weekend: I Ate a Cow Heart & Went to a Bar that Doesn’t Exist