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
“Obrigado/obrigada” means “thank you” in Portuguese – the first when spoken by a male, and second when spoken by a female. We stopped for a 21-hour layover in Lisbon on our way to NYC, and boy was it gorgeous. I love the fact that central Lisbon is connected to the airport by metro. Plus, its … Continue reading Five Hours in Lovely Lisboa – Obrigada!
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
Most Czechs will know Moritzburg Schloss as the castle from the 1973 classic Christmas-time fairytale “Tři oříšky pro Popelku,” or in English translation, “Three Nuts for Cinderella.” (That sounds really bad actually.) Three seconds later update: The official translated name is “Three Wishes for Cinderella.” (That sounds better.) This is genuinely an incredible film (trailer here, Czech only) … Continue reading Moritzburg Schloss: A Fairytale Day Trip from Dresden or Prague
Today’s the day odlétáme (we fly away)… 😀 we are leaving for NYC! This is the end of my third year in CZ, and I have accomplished some major life goals! For one thing, I measure each year in terms of my Czech progress. Last year, my goal was basically not to get tired after … Continue reading A Summer in Czexile
“America has the best health care system in the world.” -many American politicians, both before and after Obamacare was ever law [If you want to get a picture (satirical, of course) of the American health care system, check out this funny video from the Daily Show in 2014, even after Obamacare came into effect. Click … Continue reading Czech Health Care is a Shock to My System – in a Good Way