This is a post I wrote THREE YEARS AGO! I found it hiding in my drafts section. A lot of these things I’ve now gotten used to completely (and have written about in other places – for example, language, food, drinking, slippers, and living in a small town, plus Czech-merican cultural differences 1 and 2) – … Continue reading Time Travel Wednesday: Culture Shock?
One of my students, Linda, is going to ‘Kalifornie’ in August to spend her junior year studying at a high school in Rancho Cucamonga (it’s a real place!), a city of 170,000. She’s arranged the opportunity through the organization Rotary International. The experience will be 10 months, a full school year, and she will stay with multiple host … Continue reading An Interview with a Czech-merican Student
When I was in middle school, the Blue Collar Comedy Tour was a really popular comedy troupe among my friends. BCCT was a group of four Southern comedians, the most famous of which is probably Jeff Foxworthy (in both these pictures), who started the infamous series of jokes that always ended, “…you might be a … Continue reading You’ve Lived Abroad Too Long When…
In about a month, I’ll be returning to my hometown and home city NYC, which I haven’t seen for two years. I am so excited! ^^That was where it all started. I went to register for my Czech visa through Fulbright (which has expanded to 30 people starting next year from my year’s 10!), and … Continue reading 10 Ways Czechs Would Misunderstand New Yorkers
I was very proud recently when the principal of my school declared me a “polovina cizinec,” which means “half-foreigner” – this is meant in my favor, in that I have managed to be half as foreign as other foreigners. In Czech Republic, that is a HUGE accomplishment. (Sidenote: I’m pretty sure “polovina cizinec” is the only phrase … Continue reading My Foreigner Problems
Muzejní noc is an open museum night in Brno that happened two Saturday evenings ago from 18:00-24:00. Museum entry was either free or very cheap, and I took the opportunity to go to the Moravské Zemské Muzeum at Palác Šlechtičen and Moravská Galerie v Brně. The first has exhibits about Moravian history and culture, while the second … Continue reading A Big Pink Tank & a Yellow Countryside