Trip Start Sep 06, 2013
Trip End Dec 20, 2013

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Bohemia,
Sunday, September 22, 2013

I'm here everyone! Wahoo! I apologize for not having posted any sooner. I've been here already for a couple weeks. They have definitely been keeping us busy. I appreciate it. I've gotten the chance to see so much of the city in little snippets. I can't wait to spend the rest of the semester exploring the city on my own in deeper detail. :)
I have to tell you though that as a (fledgling) sociologist being in a country that not 25 years ago was behind the Iron Curtain is mind-boggling. When you think about it in that respect the overall attitude of the Czechs makes much more sense. They, as a general rule, aren't a very openly emotional people (would you blame them when they had to be careful of anyone, even family, as they could be an informant?). We were told Americans are typically easily pointed out because we're so smiley for a majority of the time. And that smiling at people can be misinterpreted to the natives, especially to the opposite sex. You usually only smile at someone you're interested in, so we were jokingly told to use the information to our benefit if we could. 
Change of topic, but the beer here is lovely. And cheap. Buying one (glass) bottle of beer at the grocery store is usually 13Kč (~ $0.68). I'll admit I'm not overly fond of their national pride: pilsner. I do however quite enjoy their darker beer, Krušovice (pronounced Crew-show-vitz-say) and Kozel. The other night I tried their version of Budweiser (Budvar) and wasn't too taken with it. I did find a banana bread flavored beer at the supermarket that I'm pretty tempted to try next though. Why not explore my tastes? :) 
I went to a really neat open-air market yesterday. Apparently it's a huge deal to local Czechs and would be a perfect opportunity for me to see some local action versus the touristy type things I'd mostly been a part of since getting here. I had an incredible time, even with my limited Czech. Knowing the key phrases "Nerozumim Česky"* and "Mluvite Anglicky?"** were incredibly helpful though. I managed to get an amazing coat (almost knee-length) for 570Kč (~$29.90). I also got a little re-usable lunch bag with cute scottie dog print on it for 130Kč (~$6.80), recycling is huge here. (Ex. At the grocery store they charge you for plastic bags to bag your goods, it's expected that you re-use them until they are no longer viable, or that you have your own re-usable bags to use)
Well I'm going to head out for now, I have to go make dinner and get ready for my trip tomorrow. :) 

*"I don't understand Czech language" -- "nair-o-zoo-meem Ch-esky"
**"Do you speak English?" (formal) -- "m-loo-vee-tay an-gle-tz-key" 
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Colleen on

I love all these photos. What a wonderful time :) We love you so much and are SO very proud. P.S.- We enjoyed our chats this past weekend :)

Mary Lee Evanetich on

Hi Megan, I am so excited for you....being able to see so much of history and learning the real story of what really took place back when. The photo's . are very interesting and it is good to see you having some fun as well. Great to hear from you,honey. Stay well,happy and enjoy the great experience!! Love,Mary & "Mr. Max"

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