And now for something completely different

Trip Start Feb 10, 2011
Trip End Jul 01, 2011

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Moravia,
Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Howdy Folks! 

  Gonna do something a little different today. Since I haven't taken any cool trips lately, I've decided to provide you with some of my daily musings; Things I like about the Czech Republic v. Things I miss about the USA.  

Things I like About the Czech Republic
*Public Transportation: you can get anywhere, anytime for practically no money.  And...unless you're a tram driver, you can drink 24-7 because you never have to drive! :-P

*Lack of Grocery bags:  Seriously, who needs 'em? If you don't even give people the option, they will always bring backpacks or re-usable bags.  

*Walkability: Ok, I know there are cities in the US that are way more pedestrian-friendly than Atlanta, but people walk everywhere here.  It helps make up for the copious amounts of cheese and beer consumed.  

*Dogs EVERYWHERE: This is the most dog accepting place I have ever experience.  People bring their dogs onto busses, trams, into restaurants, grocery stores, everywhere.  The dogs are so well-behaved, most of them don't even have leashes on and just follow their owners around.  

*Cheap Groceries: A bottle of wine and a weeks worth of groceries for 20 bucks?  Don't mind if I do.  

*Easy Travels:  As an American, it is still so weird to me that you can drive two hours and be in another country,  The Czech Republic is so centrally located, that every time that I don't go somewhere on the weekend I feel like I'm wasting my time.  

Things I miss about the US

*Black Coffee: It is impossible to find here.  Even if you order and Americano, they put milk and sugar in it.  And to add insult to injury, the cups are TINY.  It's gross, and there's not enough of it. 

*Target: There is just no equivalent.  The stores here are oddly arranged, and you have to pay for your stuff before going to the next floor.  Not convenient.

*Nutrition facts:  I think I've eaten three jars of nutella in two weeks, because I feel like it doesn't have calories.  

*Laundry:  The laundry situation here is beyond bad...two washing machines for 300 plus people and no dryers.  Oh, and the laundromat ALSO only has two washing machines.  Sure, have all the absinthe you want, but nooo laundry for you!

*Smoking Bans: To say that people like their cigarettes here is the understatement of the century.  Yesterday I saw a guy riding his bike with exercise clothes and a helmet on, clearly for workout purposes, while smoking a cigarette. The people in the room next door to us smoke, so randomly throughout the day, we will experience the intoxicating fragrance of second hand smoke in our bedroom, bathroom or kitchen.   It doesn't really matter what you order in half the restaurants here, because whatever you get will be overwhelmed by not only the person smoking at the table next to you, but also the years of smoke that have been trapped in the walls and the curtains.  Put down the cancer sticks, people! You're taking years off my life!  

*Safe drivers:  I never, ever thought I would call Atlanta drivers safe.  But after three weeks here, I have almost been hit by cars more times then the ten years I lived in Atlanta.  When we first got here, we were amazed that no one EVER jaywalks.  Now, we know that is because if you do, you will die.  Not maybe, not sort of.  Instant. Death.   

So, there ya go! Six for each, tried to keep it fair.  Of course, I love both places for different reasons, and am absolutely enjoying my time here.  

As my friend says, when things are strange or different here in the good ole' Czech Republic..."It's not weird, it's Czechtastic!"  



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iaro on

I like this list! It's true; Europeans (who aren't British, it seems) still love to smoke in public. It can be rather annoying, but it adds more flavor, as it were...

Laura on

This was great!! And who needs clean clothes when you can have unlimited Absinthe?
I love you!

Emily on

this post is czechtastic

Mary Ann Warlick on

I LOVE following your blogs.... it sounds like you are have a great time, or at least an interesting adventure.... enjoy it because it will be over before you know it and you will be headed back to Atlanta and to Ft. Lewis ! Take care of yourself. We love you.

Mary Ann Warlick on

One more thing.... about the dogs, how are they so well behaved and do they have pit bulls over there? We still have a problem going into our own back yard.

agcraigmile on

Thanks for reading guys! It encourages me to keep writing :-)

Haven't seen any pit bulls yet, but I have seen some big scary looking dogs with no leashes that are totally obedient to their owners. I don't know what they do to their dogs here...I can't even get mine to sit still.

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