Time Travel Saturday: Bohemian Canoe Trip 2014 + What’s a Vodník?

Featured image thanks to Expats.cz Flashback to my early days learning Czech. “Pojedeme na vodě!” We’re going on the water? What does that mean? It turns out “to go on the water” means “to go canoeing,” a Czech tradition. Conjure up an image of an idyllic one-week trip with your friends, a few canoes, beer … Continue reading Time Travel Saturday: Bohemian Canoe Trip 2014 + What’s a Vodník?

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