The Czech Republic is not only right choice when thinking about self-educating abroad, but also a lovely place to spend some time. Explore some facts and interestingness!
If you decide to come to the Czech Republic, you should possibly know:
The Czech Republic is since 2004 a member of the Eurepean Union, which makes coming, living and studying here easier especially for incomers from other countries of EU. However it keeps its own particularities – e.g. its currency is still Czech crown, though you can pay by euro at many places.
It is said, that czech language is very difficult to learn; on the other side, it is quite easy to communicate in English (especially with younger people) or – according to the history of the country – in Russian (specially with older people in this case). Czech people are thought to be slightly reserved in their first contact with other people, but after a short time you get know they can be very cheerful and friendly.
One of the typical evening activities is to meet friends in some pub. Beer is considered being a „national drink“ here and many tourists mention it while memoring their stay in the Czech Republic. But Czechs can be proud of their wine also, which is appreciated all around the world. The most famous brands come from Moravia.
Mentioning beer above, it must be followed by few words about czech food. They say, it is rather filling. It is characteristic for its creamy sauces, dumplings, pork meat and sausages and fryed meals. Very typical is „fryed cheese“, which can be in its popularity compared with „fish and chips“ in England or hamburger in United States. Very typical are side dishes served with every meal – potatoes, pasta, dumplings (bread dumplings, potato dumplings etc.), rice and so on. It is not common to serve meal just with vegetables.
Czech Republic has a strong tradition of theatre. Especially in bigger cities you can find even the performances played in English, or at least with english subtitles. It is also rich in galleries of all kinds, museums, cinemas, sport centres etc. Thanks to a long history of the country without significant plundering in any epoch, there are also many sights, especially castles and tower houses. Who prefers nature to city life, he has also many options where to go. In the Czech Republic you can find lowlands areas the same as mountains. You can go skiing in the winter the same as cycling or canoeing in the summer. They say the only what you do not find here is sea.
The Czech Republic is famous for the amount of its shopping centres and big shopping malls. The shops usualy close between 7 and 9 p.m., super- or hypermarkets usualy close between 8 and 10 p.m., some of them (esp. in the bigger cities) at midnight and some even operate non-stop. It is also common they are opened on Christmas Eve and other holidays (with exception of Cristmas Day and New Year´s Day). Shopping in the Czech Republic is for the incomers from the other, especially EU countries quite favourable.
When you come to the Czech Republic, you must be prepared that there are some days, which the country and its people look and behave somehow different. There are some tradiotions and feasts held in the Czech Republic. To most visible it is probably during Christmas, though Czechs are considered to be one of the most atheist nations in Europe, or some say even in the world. The day „D“ is here the 24th December, when the family meets together, has festive dinner and then comes Jesus and brings the presents. Also Easter are celebrated here. During the year there are other feasts like Carnival in Fabruary (held mostly in villages), „burning the witches“ at the end of April an others. There are also some natinal days connected with the czech history, e.g. on 28th of September (St. Vaclav´s Day), 28th of October (the establishment of the Czechoslovakia), 17th November (remembers jubilee of Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day – the Velvet revolution in 1989 and also the Internatonal Day of Students) and others. The summer holidays for pupils last two months – July and August.
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