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
Last Thursday we left for New York-JFK airport, happy campers: We had incredible views of the Andes mountain range: (the white parts are clouds among the mountain peaks) …and of the coast of Lisbon, where we had a one-day layover, from the plane: The Lisbon airport is incredibly close to the city center, which explains … Continue reading 5 Czech-American Firsts
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
“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
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
In about a month, I’ll be returning to my hometown and home city NYC, which I haven’t seen for two years. I am so excited! ^^That was where it all started. I went to register for my Czech visa through Fulbright (which has expanded to 30 people starting next year from my year’s 10!), and … Continue reading 10 Ways Czechs Would Misunderstand New Yorkers