To Pilsen or not to Pilsen? That is the question. A lot of Czechs wondered why I wanted to go to Pilsen… it’s so boooooring there. Well, I can’t say February, cold and icy, is the best time to go, but even then there were interesting museums to visit, good food to eat, and excellent coffee to … Continue reading 10 Things to Do in Pilsen That Are Not Drinking Beer
After living for 2.5 years in CZ, it was time to visit Plzeň (which I’ll refer to using the English name Pilsen), city of the most famous Czech beer and puppets galore. I was so happy to finally make it there with Ondra, on a bright sunny day: Pilsen is the home of Pilsner Urquell, … Continue reading Is Pilsner Urquell Better in Plzeň?
A GIANT MASK! Photo taken in Pilsen. Mardi Gras in New Orleans is my current dream trip, but in the meantime, Czechia’s Masopust is a fun alternative! This version of the pre-Lent celebration usually takes place in villages, with central participants parading through the streets in costume with a small group of violinists and a bassist, … Continue reading Masopust or Fašank? Either Way, It’s Czech Mardi Gras
If there’s one thing I’ve learned, Czech people are PROUD of their bread. There are many different types. With the advent of convenience culture, though, people are starting to mourn the quality of loaves which are sold in the supermarket (both links Czech only). Still, all things considered, it’s light years ahead of the “fresh” bread … Continue reading Czenglish Debate: What Is Bread, Really?
🎵Come with meee and you’ll beee in a world of pure imagination… 🎶 Gene Wilder, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) Quick side note: If you have only seen the Johnny Depp version of Charlie, stop reading this immediately and go watch the original. Depp is a master, and he’s hilarious, but nothing compares to Gene Wilder. I see you there … Continue reading Pohadková Cesta (Fairytale Lane) in Bystřice
I still wake up sometimes surprised that I’m not in my childhood bed, and that I actually live abroad. It’s what I always dreamed – to be immersed in a foreign culture learning its language. Even past the 2.5 year mark living in Czechia, I often compare the phenomena I see with what I grew up with, … Continue reading 10 More Czech-merican Cultural Differences
In no particular order. 10. I am *hantec, thou shalt not have any other dialects before me. 9. Thou shalt take a shot of slivovice/Becherovka daily to ward off germs. (Slivovice, or plum brandy, is a strong, pharynx-burning alcohol made of fermented plums [slivky], and Becherovka is a spa-famous herb liquor.) 8. Thou shalt scoop all the … Continue reading The 10 Commandments of Living in Moravia