I donâ€™t think that we, Czech people, are the best. But there are several things which we really are the best in. You would be surprised. From your American view, you sure must think that some ten million Central Europe teeny tiny country isnâ€™t worth for knowing about. Besides, in a country strongly affected by a communism there canâ€™t be something exceptional. Right? Is that what you think? Ok, I donâ€™t blame you. But you might want to give me a chance to change it with this little article.
I have spent fifteen months in the United States with you, guys â€“ five months in the New York City and then I moved to Los Angeles. So far everytime I said where Iâ€™m from, I heard two kinds of responds: 1) What?, and 2) You mean Czechoslovakia?. Too sad to be true? I know.
Let me make it quick and painless. Czechoslovakia was founded on October 28th, 1918 containing the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Its political independence was regained in 1989 and Czechoslovakia was again a democratic country. On January 1st, 1993 the country split in two, and since then we have two independent republics: Czech and Slovak. The Czech Republic has became a member of the European Union on May 1st, 2004. Our neighbors are Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Austria. So the important fact is that already for 13 years there is no Czechoslovakia anymore! I feel like that the persons I talked to must have spent those years in a coma.
Czech Republic is usually known for its tasty beer (Pilsner Urquell, Budweiser Budvar, Gambrinus, Starobrno and others) - where beer is cheaper than mineral water and soda - ice hockey and soccer players, pretty girls and Ivana Trump (former professional skier, model, and ex-wife of mogul Donald Trump). The hottest news (kind of something to be proud of) is a victory of the blonde eighteen year-old TaÅ¥Ã¡na KuchaÅ™ovÃ¡ in the Miss World competition in Poland. It was the first time in the history of this beauty competition when a Czech girl became the winner. But donâ€™t misunderstand me, most Czech girls are brunette.
Now lets finally look at some really interesting things which I would like to point out.
Do you like to start your day with a cup of coffee? And do you sweeten? Then you should know that such a lump, you use daily without wondering about its original, â€œwas bornâ€ in the DaÄice sugar factory, Czech Republic, in 19th century.
If you ever go to the capital city of the Czech Republic, the first thing your guide will take you to, will be the Prague Castle - the official residency of our president. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, it is the biggest castle in the world.
There are so many people using lenses nowadays. They were invented in 1961. But by who? By a Czech guy Otto Wichterle. If he didnâ€™t exist, you would still have to wear glasses.
Do you like dollars? Oh yes, I know you do. But what is dollar actually? Your American dollar comes from the old Czech coin tolar being stamped in the JÃ¡chymov mint.
And when you feel like relaxing, rent some Czech movie. Give it a try. Here are some recommendations for you.
Comedies: The Elementary School, Lemonade Joe, My Sweet Little Village;
Drama: Dark Blue World; Divided We Fall, Kolya;
Fairy Tale: Three Wishes for Cinderella.
WORLD - AN EDGE IN MY VOICE
Copyright © 2010 Ivana Poulova
I am from the Czech Republic. So What?
Copyright © 2010 Ivana Poulova
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