Trip Start Sep 06, 2013
7Trip End Dec 20, 2013
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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
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"