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
Today’s the day odlétáme (we fly away)… 😀 we are leaving for NYC! This is the end of my third year in CZ, and I have accomplished some major life goals! For one thing, I measure each year in terms of my Czech progress. Last year, my goal was basically not to get tired after … Continue reading A Summer in Czexile
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
Looking for a new musician to listen to this summer? Try out Regina Spektor, starting with her songs “Summer in the City” and “Small Town Moon.” These two ideas will be dueling in this post. (Side note, “Summer in the City” is a very common name for great songs, including also The Lovin’ Spoonful’s and Joe … Continue reading 🎵 Summer in the City 🎶 (aka Tišnov)
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?
One of my students, Linda, is going to ‘Kalifornie’ in August to spend her junior year studying at a high school in Rancho Cucamonga (it’s a real place!), a city of 170,000. She’s arranged the opportunity through the organization Rotary International. The experience will be 10 months, a full school year, and she will stay with multiple host … Continue reading An Interview with a Czech-merican Student