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5 Czech-American Firsts

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

Moritzburg Schloss: A Fairytale Day Trip from Dresden or Prague

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

Czech Health Care is a Shock to My System – in a Good Way

“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

Countries that Say Ciao

My German is incredibly elementary. I can say hello, goodbye, Apfel… and a few other basic words. So it took me aback when I heard people, in the course of normal ending of a conversation, saying “Cheers!” Cheers? They say “Prost” in Germany… Upon asking, I learned that people were actually saying “tschüs” or “tschüß.” … Continue reading Countries that Say Ciao