3 results for day: 17/05/2016


The Beer-Drinking Culture

The stories about the Czech Republic that make it to the UK are mainly about it´s rather liberal attitude to drinking alcohol and smoking weed. I think everyone must have seen the latest videos of a bunch of drunk first-league football referees (one having been seen urinating behind the goal) or the Czech president who can hardly stand up straight on ceremonial occasions. Unfortunately, this is how we perceive the Czech Republic. But since I came here, I’ve started to realise that the Czechs are not heavy drinkers at all, they simply have a different beer-drinking culture. Beer is a natural part of their lives. It´s perfectly normal for a group ...

The Dog Lovers

There was a time last summer when I got particularly bored and thought that maybe I should do something crazy.  Two weeks later I was on a plane headed from Chicago to London, where I would have a connecting flight to my final destination, Prague. After living in the Czech Republic for some time there has obviously been many surprises in store. You expect this any time you move to a new country. There’s a language barrier.  People look different.  Day-to-day interactions in supermarkets, restaurants, office places, etc are all different, but that is to be expected. One thing I did not expect, however, was to see the ...

The Year of Many Firsts

In summer 2015, I moved to the Czech Republic to take a course for teaching English. Almost a year since my move, I can now reflect on what has so far been an eventful experience. I lived in Prague for the duration of the four week TEFL course and I had a great time while I was there, but since then, I have been living and working in a small town in South Bohemia called Strakonice. A most unlikely place to find an Irishman. It has been a year of firsts for me. First attempt at snowboarding, first pet dog (Tici), first genuine attempt at learning a foreign language, first engagement (hopefully the only one!!!) and although teaching English isn’t ...