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Posts Tagged ‘czech culture

A Slice of Humble Pie…

June 9, 2010

Do you have a problem with pride? Do you think just a bit too much of yourself? I have a great solution to troubles such as these. It is as follows: Go to a foreign country where your language (or one you know) is not spoken. Move to a small town away from the capital […]

Doing Things

May 30, 2010

A week ago I related the story of my student who passed her Maturita exam. It was awesome and being a teacher is a huge part of my life here but it is far from the only part. The single-handedly best thing about being in a place for a longer period of time is all […]

Did that just happen?

April 26, 2010

I just had a great weekend. Let me explain. I left home in Massachusetts last summer in early July. I have been in the Czech Republic since early August. Since before I left my mom has beenĀ discussingĀ various possibilities of what a visit here would entail. In the last few months we finalized things. My mom […]

Student Notes

April 5, 2010

One of the fun things that almost everyone brings up but you never think of until you get over here is that the students don’t speak English. At least not fluently and certainly not confidently. To be fair I have to say the majority of my students can handle simple conversations and understand most of […]

Another Czech Republic Morning…

April 3, 2010

One thing that is interesting about being overseas is how laid back people are. By that I mean things seem much less politically-correct and such. Upsides to this include people don’t sue as much. Downsides include things are ok that seem wildly dangerous to me. In any case it keeps you on your toes here. […]

Thoughts on ples…

March 2, 2010

I attended my school’s last ples on Friday night and thought I would offer some closing thoughts about them. 1) I love the egalitarian nature of a ples. Anyone and everyone comes. Grandparents, parents, friends, younger siblings. The only requirement it seems is you should know someone at the school. Dancing happens throughout the night […]

A Hopefully Entertaining Hodgepodge…

February 22, 2010

So it’s been an unusual long while since I wrote a blog entry. Not exactly sure why but I have a few thoughts and explanations. Firstly, I took on a GIGANTIC topic last time and while I’m glad for the comments and conversation it started I realize I need to be wise in my choice […]

It’s Ples Season!

February 7, 2010

It’s been a bit since my last entry but it’s amazing how fast time can go during the week once you start teaching all your classes. Today I wanted to share with you a rather unique but exciting part of Czech culture,that as a teacher here I am getting to experience. The cold and dead […]

I Wish Someone Had Told me…

January 25, 2010

This entry might sound depressing at first but give me the benefit of the doubt until the end. It’s happy, positive, perhaps even corny so just keep reading, thanks. It’s been five months since I arrived I’m at the halfway point of my year here. Term 1 ends this week with Term 2 beginning in […]

I did it…I rode the bus…

January 17, 2010

This week my ESI teachers and I will reach the halfway point of our year here overseas. At times like these it is good to be a bit reflective on where we are and where we are going. Today I want to talk about adjusting to the culture here. I have learned a lot. I’ve […]