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catIt’s about time for me to put my new sharpened pencils into my new pencil box and put that neatly into my new school bag. Yes, it is time for me to go back to school again!

I am starting the middle school teaching credential program in a few days to become – call me crazy – a middle school science teacher. Why such crazy decision?

1/ I think I will really like it
2/They need more bodies

Seriously, as I found out, nobody wants to teach middle school! Everyone wants to deal with the cutsie little elementary kiddos or the ‘wise’, cool high school crowd. But those awkward ‘middle’ kids – ‘all they do is drip with hormones!'(as one of my teachers once said).

I mean, I don’t know anything about them but my thinking is that they are old enough not to be told what to do every 5 seconds but at the same time still young enough to have some silly fun. We will see how it goes, hopefully I will survive.

On another note, over the summer I was really working hard on my girls’ Czech abilities. I came up with a really fun game called the Czech Olympics. Every time we were alone we made made this dramatic ‘Beep’ sound which made us – robots – switch back into Czech with NO lazy English words mixed in! Hahna, because she is older, had 3 allowed mistakes per day and Ava, the younger, had 4 chances. If they succeeded they got an extra star (our kids work on the star system, which means if they are pretty good all day they get a star. Seven stars gets them a little present or a treat). [click to continue…]

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It has been forever since I have written anything in Czechmate Diary and that is because I have got a lot going on these days – the good and the bad.

First of all, I have wanted to go back to the Czech Republic but the stress of it all just wore me down and I got really sick. Turns out that this ‘sickness’ wasn’t just stress, it was also a re-awakened Lyme disease! Can you believe it?? I have been suffering with strange, migrating symptoms for about 20 years, went to many doctors and most of them just shrugged their shoulders and either said it was the ‘nerves’ or some kind of dysautonomia. Just recently I connected with a friend that had similar issues who was diagnosed with Lyme disease. I got tested through the mainstream laboratory once before and the test came back negative. But the more I talked to my friend Rachel and the more research I did on my own, the faster I was realizing how hard it is to actually diagnose a chronic (late) Lyme.  This time I got therefore tested via IgenX which specializes in Lyme and other tick-born diseases. And I came back Lyme-positive. Now it all makes sense!! As a kid I loved to run around the Czech woods with my friends and we were getting ticks quite often. I don’t remember the exact ones but I know I had some. When I was about 15 years old I got vaccinated against the tick-born encephalitis but the vaccination was discontinued (strange…). [click to continue…]

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Radio Praha released an interesting article about the recent  Nuclear Energy Conference held in Prague. Since 24th of April will be the 30th anniversary of the this disastrous nuclear reactor meltdown a British radiologist Ian Fairlie had as speech on the updated impact it had on Europe…and the Czech Republic. His findings are not calming….

Read the full article here (click here).

CZ: Ze by byl impakt Cernobylu horsi, nez se predpokladalo?? Prectete si zajimavy clanek na Radiu Praha zde (kliknete zde).

 

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The art of Babovka / Umeni babovky

BABOVKA google image“Why don’t you come over for some coffee and Babovka?”,that was (and still is) one of the most popular sentences in the Czech Republic. Whenever someone comes over for a visit to a Czech home, they better have Babovka on their table, or some angry plates will be flying through the air.

Babovka is a Czech name for a (marble) pound cake. I know Americans have their pound cake, but the Czech version is less sweet and there is NO gross frosting on it!!! I found an easy enough recipe on Recepty.cz for everyone to try out. I was somehow successful in my attempt to make the perfect Babovka, yet I still have ways to go. The first time I made it I was out of butter and since I am not very particular and precise in my cooking I substituted butter with olive oil. The Babovka came out dry and hard. The second time I had butter but only salted butter and Babovka came out moist this time but not sweet enough. According to the Czech ratings however, the recipe is bullet-proof so don’t mind my self-inflicted troubles. [click to continue…]

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Czechs like Hobbits? /Cesi prirovnani k Hobitum?

My classmate shared on Facebook a great blog post about the Czechs and their Hobbit-like nature. Do you agree? Disagree??

READ THE ARTICLE HERE (click here)!

CZ: Jsou Cesi jako Hobiti nebo ne? Prectete si vyse zmineny clanek a rozhodnete se sami.

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Pojďte si s námi zavzpomínat, konkrétně na život v Praze v roce 1967.

Posted by Stopy starých časů on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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rozhlednaMoravia is kind of like the French Riviera of the Czech Republic: it is unique, extra beautiful and almost unblemished. Although my grandma was from there, I am guilty of visiting Moravia only once – when I was just a little pipsqueak that is.

No wonder every time I come across this Czech region in the news I tend to linger there to find out what is going on. This time I came across a strange image which my brain had hard time categorizing.  At first I thought it was some giant construction, then maybe a UFO  or perhaps a giant new roller-coaster. I had to read the whole article to find out what this thing was! And it turned out to be a new, 18o feet tall  HIKING TRAIL (tower?)!!!!

To tell you the truth, I am not that excited about the look of it but I am pretty excited about what it does:

  • to get from one level to the next, one can climb the so-called ‘sleeves’ made out of thick nets
  • in case a tiredness hits someone like a sack of bricks, there are hammocks available everywhere
  • What if you get to the top and want to get down a little faster? You can use a huge tube slide which brings you all the way back to the entrance (for my taste a little toooooo crazy)

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  • imageI don’t know how about you but I celebrated New Year in style. Instead of of a boring champagne my husband made me Krtek espresso (we may patent it later as “krespresso”), which is a perfect size not only for Krtek to drink but also for my daughter to feel like a drinking-coffee-grown up.

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    We also got a new kitty from a pound! His official name is Peppermint which dwarfed into  Peppe, which dwarfed into PEPIK.

     

     

     

    And my New Year’s resolution? I have a couple in mind. Here I go :

    *never eat one more piece of curkrovi (Czech Christmas cookie)
    *exercise more
    *read my kids more Czech books
    *potty train our guinea pig Zuzu

     

    How about yours?

    CZ: Zdravim vsechny v Novem Roce! My jsme to neoslavili s nudnum sapmanem, nybrz s krtkovskym mini espressem! Takove espreso nejenze probudi maleho krtka, ale take prida me dceri nejmene 10 let! Jen se na ni podivejte ;).

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Hello everybody!

Semester at my school is finally finished, which means I have some spare time to bake!!!! Besides, the whole world is bombarding me with questions about Czech Christmas cookies, so it is time to get to work (I think I should open a hot line, actually).

What is new? We are getting ready for a Czech-American Christmas, listening to – and singing – Czech and American Christmas carols, constantly pulling our white cat out of the chimney (do we have Santa stuck in there??), and drinking eggnog….normal stuff. [click to continue…]

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back to schoolHello to all Czehmatediararians!!!

I came back from the under-world of big words and fanciful ideas. For those of you who do not know I am in the process of getting a teaching credential and the school is – well was – kicking my butt, now I am managing much better. That doesn’t mean I have time to do my most favorite thing in the world – write posts in the Czechmate Diary!

I have a lot to share. First of, remember when you, as a young individual, went to college and had to compete with those older folks in the front rows? They usually had jobs and took evening classes or they were moms and took classes while their kids were at school. They were always prepared, knew everything, and LOVED to talk. Well, I think I am officially one of them. Not sure if I am the most annoying student in the class but I do like to raise my hand and tell the teacher and the class what I think. What is worst, I think that since I am the elder person there, it is my DUTY to educate the youngsters about the ‘other side’ of things.

I really enjoy going to school again. I have three classes: one is The basics of teaching, then Technology in the classroom, and finally Diversity in Education. The first one is my most favorite one, the middle course gives me the biggest anxiety and the latter class mostly just ticks me off. [click to continue…]

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