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Famous Penny pincher / Znamy setrilek

novinky.cz imageIf you were following the European news at all, you know it is a mess out there, especially with Greece, which is currently owing $271 million to its international creditors.

 

The Czech Republic owes about $70,000 which is not bad at all when compared to other EU countries. The lowest debtors are Estonia, Luxembourg and Bulgaria.

“It is very easy to get used to borrowing money all the time and thinking that one can repay other debts with it as well as restart the country’s economic growth,” says a Czech financial anayst, Petr Dufek. [click to continue…]

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false kolachesNow this is an atrocious lie! Do you see on that photo what I see? Mr. Owen is daring to call hotdog in a bun  a “KOLACHE”???!!! Now either that person is A/making a cruel joke or B/someone of a distant Czech origin described to him a long time ago what kolaches are but his description was very poor….or do you have a “C” option to explain this barbaric acton?

I took this photo not very long ago on one of my not-so-frequent-trips to Walmart.

AND here is an image (and a recipe) of true Czech/Slovak Kolache.…for comparison. Now you see what I mean?

CZ: Tak se prosim podivejte na foto, ktere jsem nedavno vyplodila ve Walmartu. Nejaky pan Owen si dovoluje nazvat parek v rohliku ‘KOLACE’!!!!! Tak to uz je dost. Takoveho kacire jsem tu jeste nepotkala.

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So sad! / Tak smutne!

v3-angalifu-northern-white-rhinoThe good thing is that the San Diego ZOO and the Czech ZOO are now BFFs. The bad thing is that they befriended each other under very sad circumstances. Why? The key word is ‘northern white rhino’. Read more about it right here (click here).

CZ: ZOO v San Diegu a prazska ZOO se nedavno staly neodlucitelnymi prateli (nebo pritelkynemi?!), bohuzel za velmi smutnych podminek. Neustala komunikace v poslednich mesicich se tykala jednoho VELMI ohrozeneho druhu….(zbytek si prectete zde).

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Have you ever wondered what it is to have a position of a full-time Czech? Steve Ourecky is a prime example. Not only he took over the about-to-be-extinct newspaper called Czech Slavnosti and produces a fine piece of real (!!) newspaper bimonthly (i.e. lot of writing), but he is present at just about any Czech-related event in the Midwest! You don’t believe me? Read this:

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Now do you see, what I mean??
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sir nicholas wintonA sad news: Sir Nicholas Winton passed away just hours ago.

The good news is that he reached a triple diamond age of 106 years and even a better news is that his life served as a protective shield to many Czech and Slovak Jewish Children who would have otherwise died in the concentration camps.

Winton’s favorite hobby was helping others; like someone likes gardening or bridge, Nicolas loved to be the guardian angel to the oppressed. What a great life motto! I wonder if, that is a secret to a long, happy life!

CZ: Dnes zemrela obrovska osobnost lidskych dejin – Sir Nicholas Winton. Tento skromny, 106-ti lety dedecek v dobe Druhe svetove valky totiz zachranil zivoty nekolika stovek ceskych/slovenskych zidovskych deti. Jeho zivotni heslo bylo:” Kdyz uz na tom svete jednou jsme, tak at jsme take necim uzitecni”. Mozna, ze tomu prisel Sir Nicholas na kloub – byti andelem straznym jednoduse prodluzuje zivot o nekolik desitek let!

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Czech consul Mr. SedlacekJust last weekend I had a privilege to attend a Conference of Czech Schools in North America. I did not go by myself but went with my dear friend Nikola who is also the president of our Czech School (I guess I would be the vice-president or the president’s right hand).

 

This president of mine is also a size zero, which means that her ‘lunch box’ on the drive to Los Angeles consisted of a bar of chocolate, a bag of candy and butter waffles. How can one resist, especially when they are Czech products???

 

After we got to Los Angeles and freshened up in our rooms it was time to have an official dinner at the house of the Czech consul, Mr. Sedlacek. The atmosphere was relaxed, we got to meet other presidents of Czech schools (basically patriotic moms – volunteers just like us). Who else was in attendance? Well, of course, the Czech ambassador, Mr Gandalovic, as well as Jaroslav Fidrmuc, the deputy of the ministry of Education. They all had a short speech and then it was time to eat  some Goulash; the best goulash on Earth, might I say. The smell of it changed all of us, powdered Czech ladies, into uncontrollable animals who could not get enough of this delicious meal! We went (well, rolled) home kind of early because we knew he had a busy day ahead of us.

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wliberlandMAPCzech inventiveness never ceases to fail. This time we are making a new European country. True, it is only a couple of kilometers squared big but who cares? 250,000 have already requested citizenship:).

Read about it here.

CZ: Uz vite o Liberland? Chystate se take pozadat o obcanstvi??

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Got (Czech) talent? / Mate (cesky) talent?

Talent-Show-imageHappy Easter! Finally I get some time off from studying and get to write a post. And do I have a story for you!

My older daughter Hahna, who is in a second grade, decided to audition for the first time for a talent show and sing her favorite Czech song. If you knew Hahna, you would know that she is quite shy, so going through such thing is a big accomplishment for her. What made the process a bit easier and more comfortable was that her dad was accompanying her on the guitar. Not only that but he would practice with her numerous time before the auditions. At first she would act goofy with him but the repetitions calmed her down and she could get centered.

Now, what happened at the actual auditions I know only from my husband because my daughter doesn’t really say much when I ask her how something went (usually the word ‘good’ summarizes it all for her;).

At first, I was really surprised that supposedly almost the whole school was auditioning. Yet, if you think about it, it makes sense. Elementary school kids are still very innocent and clueless when it comes to being self-conscious. They just think, “Hey, I want to be on that stage!”. To give me an idea, Keith described me a couple of performances, like the countless number of girls singing Elsa’s  “Let it go” along with the original song playing from the CD player, or some girl was just doing summersaults back and forth for 2 minutes…… or some 4th grader singing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”. How cute/funny/weird is that??! It must have been fun to watch. [click to continue…]

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Pizza or french fries? / Pizza nebo hranolky?

We went recently skiing with the kids for the first time and it was a great experience. What a different situation from when I was little and learned how to ski!

First of all, thank God for skiing schools! Both kids were flying down the hill (well, ok, plowing) at the end of the day with happy smiles on their faces. If I remember well, it took me a couple of years just to stand up on skis and not fall every 5 seconds. Why did it take me so long?

– children nowadays are being taught without using poles. I wasn’t. From the very beginnings my dad made us always to push one pole in the snow and then make a turn. Those poles and skis were attached by an umbilical cord!

– instructors use this short rope to connect the tips of the skis so they don’t spread out of control. That way only the back of the skis opens up, which the instructors call the ‘pizza’ position (parallel skis are called the ‘french fries’ position).

–  teachers are so fun! My daughters’ teacher was dressed up as Batman and as a good Batman, he was coming to the rescue whenever one of the students lost control of the speed or got stuck somewhere.

– Oh, and what did they use for a lift? A cute little rubber belt that pulled the kids up just by them standing there. They did not use those evil ‘pomas’ (a plate attached to a metal bar that you put under your butt) like I did, which required a great concentration and an advanced skiing level. And if you did not have that, you just kept falling: either at the beginning of the lift – in front of everyone, or somewhere in the middle, which was usually in the deep part of some foggy woods. What did you do next? If you were a little grommet, you started wailing uncontrollably and waited for your parents (hopefully) to find you. If you were older, you just had to take your skis and set out for a long, streneous journey accross the snowed in woods in hopes to find some civilization again. [click to continue…]

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I got 2 important new apps for your phone:

Screen shot 2015-02-14 at 4.07.24 PM1. You can now listen to Czech/Slovak music on Spotify!!! I was using Pandora but not anymore!

 

 

Screen shot 2015-02-14 at 4.08.10 PM2. There is a free app called ‘iVysilani” with a bunch of Czech movies/documentaries/sport events…..

 

Czech it out!!!!

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