It's The Little Things

Trip Start Jan 19, 2012
Trip End Jun 04, 2012

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Flag of Czech Republic  , Hlavní Mesto Praha,
Wednesday, January 25, 2012

There are so many things that I have noticed are different in Prague than in America, and I am not talking about the obvious things that one would assume for the most part. For example when taking the metro anywhere it is required that you take long escalators down to the tunnels, and there is a very efficient protocol for riding the escalator, people who want to hurry and walk up or down go on the left side of the track, while people who want to just relax and let the machine do the work stay on the right side

Another not so little difference is the volume at which Czechs speak in comparison that of Americans. It is always simple to see Americans when they are traveling or in the bars because of the attention they draw to themselves, its not that they are doing it on purpose, but rather they are just louder in general because of the way that we are raised. Some of the other things that you notice are the drivers here, pedestrians do NOT have the right of way, and the drivers will only stop at the last possible moment. You learn to use the cross walks and actually look both ways here, just like mommy taught us ha ha.  

I am only 3 days into the Czech intensive course that is 9 days long of 5 hours each day, but so far it is going pretty well. It is very similar to Croatian so that definitely helps me with the pronunciation as well as the recognition of words and the numbers are almost identical. My teachers is the stereotypical Eastern European woman, good looking, tall, with dark hair. It isn't hard to pay attention to her to put it nicely ha ha. The Charles University does not really have a campus like we have in the US, but rather has many buildings all over Prague. The building we are taking our Czech classes in looks like an abandoned elementary school from the war, but it has new technology in it, its kinda weird I almost feel like I'm still in the communist era when I am in there.

The food in Prague is honestly my dream cuisine, it has all the good meats with the goulash, dumplings, potatoes, and beer a man would dream of. However, you would think that with all these heavy foods coupled with the astronomical amount of beer that this country consumes that everyone would be morbidly obese; but this is almost the complete opposite in truth. I can not honestly say that I have even seen one truly fat Czech person in my time here. Everyone from young to old walks a great amount here and it helps that there are very few preservatives in their cuisine. From everyone I have talked to that is staying the full year they say that they have lost weight while here despite the large amounts of heavy foods and marge quantities of beer they drink. Remember beer is only about 75 cents here per beer so it is readily available. 

I have been exploring the city more and more after class these past few days and I am definitely starting to get a grasp of the place, which is a really nice feeling especially since this is only my 5th day here. The food stands here are amazing and for only about a dollar you can get a large sausage sandwich which will keep you going for a good while. I can already tell that they will become a cornerstone of my diet while here. 

This past night I went to U Flecku which is a bar/restaurant that has been in business since 1499. Yes this place is older than the United States and the 2$ beer (which is ALOT here) was definitely worth the price. I also just figured out that on Anthony Bourdains No Reservations show in Prague he went to the Pivovarsky Klub that is on the first floor of my apartment. That was an awesome revelation. I will keep updating this as my exploration and experiences evolve, hopefully you have enjoyed reading it so far.

Niko Zivanovich

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Brenda on

I am enjoying your blogs!!! Glad you're having a great time!!!!

karen on

Niko, have you thought about a job in journalism? You have such a gift. Although if i were there with you i could help you . Keep your thoughts flowing I am getting the feel of Prauge.

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