In our school, this week is full of maturita exams – also called A-levels or final exams – and we also have five international university students visiting to share their culture and countries with us. Coming to a new country and immediately being thrust into the busy environment of a high school is not an … Continue reading Czeducation: Czech & American School Systems 1
I’ve been a bit absent here on the blog lately because life has been very busy. It’s halfway through May and we are HURTLING towards summer! In the meantime, what I’ve been up to: I started Czech lessons Some of my students made me a personalized notebook and I decided to use it for good. Czech lessons are … Continue reading Vegan Czech Food & Pretzel Mustaches
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?
1. Own guns! (much) I was shocked recently to see this sign at the entrance of a community center in a nearby village. Maybe I shouldn’t have been? Tell me, Czech readers. But considering that gun violence is a huge thing and often unregulated in the States and absolutely not here (CZ gun deaths 2014: … Continue reading Czechs don’t… (American observations)
Every Easter (or Velikonoce), I meditate a bit on gender. In CZ, the Easter Monday tradition has boys and men braiding a “whip” from willow branches (called a pomlázka, every woman’s favorite sight), decorating it with colorful ribbons, and then walking in groups from house to house (in villages) or to the houses of their close … Continue reading Manliness in CZ vs. USA
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
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