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Even this year our dear St. Nicholas descended from heavens and kindly presented himself at our Czech school. I am not sure what is happening with the evil powers in the world but the devil seems to be meaner and meaner each year (he even brought his mini-me!). We managed to protect our kids and he did not take even one with him to hell but, let me tell you, it was some hard work. Each student had to recite 2 Czech poems and they still got a potato from the him! I am not sure how he knew this but in his “Kniha hrichu” (Book of Sins) he had a list of wrong-doings for each child which he angrily presented to the whole crowd. Thank goodness St. Nicholas stepped in with his list of good deeds  (“Kniha dobrych skutku”) and – of course – a present. [click to continue…]

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Which cukrovi (click for recipes here) is your favorite? I can’t wait to see the results!

Which Czech Christmas cookies are your favorite?/ Jake cukrovi mate nejradeji?

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I am still alive! / Jsem stale ziva!

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Has it been already over a year since I have written my last post??!! How shameful of me! Well, as you might imagine a lots has happened. I am now a real certified teacher with a real teacher job. I teach home schooled  kids in a local charter school and I am loving it. I love it for several reasons: I work part-time, I teach smaller groups, and I get to work with students who had a hard time attending regular school because of bullying, anxiety problems,…or they were just too smart or simply  getting into trouble. I am also teaching ALL of the subjects including English which is a bit intimidating as you can imagine. [click to continue…]

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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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