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
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
“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
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
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?
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
How do you get to school? What’s your favorite subject? What extra classes do you take? Have you ever been suspended? There are so many differences between the school systems in Czech and in the USA, it warrants a second post! First post here. 6. Commuting In CZ, there’s no yellow school bus. Kids who … Continue reading Czeducation: Czech & American School Systems 2