Facebook Reunites Czech Mother and Son (Facebook spojil matku a syna)

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There is no denying the influence that Facebook has on the world and how we communicate, but the story that we first came across on Radio Praha really touched our hearts. Ladislava Schroderova didn’t know much about computers just a little over a year ago, but after hearing stories of families being reunited with loved ones on Facebook she set out on a mission to find her long lost son Jiri.

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Enjoy the Czech Hospitality of the Past (Vychutnejte si české pohostinství z minulosti)

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Do you still remember going to Czech restaurants and pubs with tacky decorations, dirty walls, sticky tables or dirty tablecloths with set in stains? The food from that era was very simple, maybe too oily or salty, but very cheap. In places like this you could find interesting people and an atmosphere that was much different form the one you may experience today. This week you can find a restaurant like this in Prague 3 called “U dvou Hrabalu” on Chelcickeho 14 Street. The restaurant was re-designed to show what Czech or even Slovak pubs used to look like in the eighties or maybe even earlier times. Until Sunday, the visitors have a chance to go back in time to re-live the past that may have already been forgotten.

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A Magazine Connecting Czechs around the World (Časopis, který spojuje Čechy ve světě)

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Exactly 20 years ago, Eva Střížovská came up with a great idea that led her to the foundation of a magazine called Český dialog (Czech Dialogue). During that time Czechoslovakia became free of communism right after the Velvet Revolution. The country was going through major changes and its citizens were finally free to travel to almost any country in the world. As Czechs were able to travel abroad, the Czech emigrants had a chance to travel back to their home country. Here the magazine served its great purpose to help people to overcome barriers and differences between the Czechs at home and their countrymen that were artificially created by the Communists. Over the years, the magazine became very popular and it not only helped to overcome these differences, but it also led to foundation of the International Czech Club connecting Czechs around the world through cultural events, discussions, meetings and much more.

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It Is Time to Think Positive! (Je Čas Myslet Pozitivně!)

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We know that it is probably difficult to stay optimistic during the tough economic slowdown, but we believe our positive thinking can help us to cope with the situation, learn from it, or even turn it around. We are not actually trying to talk about the economy today, but about our new partner Pozitivni Noviny (Positive News) that has lots to do with thinking positive. Why? Because it brings exceptional articles, information, stories, interviews, essays, ideas, recommendations, thoughts, and more. You can read them any time, no matter what day or year it is now, because they will always bring something warm and enticing to give you strength to live, learn, and thrive.

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Mobile Technology to Improve Tourism and Travel (Mobilní Technologie pro Zlepšení Cestovního Ruchu a Cestování)

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The Czech Republic is very advanced when it comes to mobile technology, and cell phones are more popular than ever. The extensive usage of mobile phones is not surprising at all since you can do much more with them than just make a phone call. Major cities are using mobile technology to inform local residents and tourists about upcoming events and as a single user you can send SMS messages to purchase transportation tickets, pay for parking, or cultural events. These new services will make it easier for you when travelling without cash or a tour guide.

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Keep Up With News From the Czech Republic! (Držte Krok s Novinkami z České republiky!)

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Once in a while, we provide you with news from the Czech Republic; however, it usually reflects happenings from the area of politics and entertainment or is somehow related to Czechs and Slovaks abroad. Nevertheless, we know how important it is to know what is happening in our home country. Today, you will have a great opportunity to learn about a site that provides excellet news and if you subscribe for free, with the promotion code below, you will receive bonus news only available to premium subscribes.

 

Are you wondering what site we are talking about? It is Prague Daily Monitor and it is accessible to everyone online but with limited access to the archives. The site offers free email subscriptions that allow you to receive some daily headlines. Monitor Plus is a paid program but today you can sign up for a 14-day free trial, no strings attached! This subscription allows you to access extra articles from the Monitor staff and full news translations from top Czech periodicals. We don’t have to remind you that the translations may help many readers to improve their Czech language, because they can find original articles online.You will also receive Breakfast Brief, which is a one page press (pdf) of the main business and political headlines and is aimed at the business sector and Diplomatic missions/embassies.

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Oh, That Disgusting Cumin! (Ach, Ten Nechutný Kmín!)

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Living abroad requires a learning curve that is different for each of us. Everything is different – language, culture, fashion, cuisine … and we can go on with this list. One of our readers wrote an interesting story about how it is important to use the right spices when cooking Czech food. As our title already suggests, it was the caraway seed that she had switched with the cumin. You would think: “This can’t change the taste of the food?” but the opposite is true. Cumin (Cuminum cyminum) is confused with caraway (Carum carvi) due to its appearance but not the taste that is far different and can completely ruin your whole meal.

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Another Commercial St. Valentine? (Další Komerční Den Svatého Valentýna?)

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St. Valentine’s Day is still a relatively new holiday in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. This day was originally associated with love and feelings, but today it is mostly associated with shopping. This year might be different, though. Even though the Czech market is overwhelmed by items associated with this holiday, the Czechs will probably spend less and instead of going to restaurants, they will probably eat at home instead. The neighboring Slovaks won’t shop as much either but a recent public opinion poll showed that it will be probably due to their disfavor of this holiday. No matter what your financial situation is or how you feel about this holiday, there are other meaningful ways that you can celebrate this day and maybe do something good for others.

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Czech and Slovak ATMs Celebrate 20 Years! (České a Slovenské Bankomaty Slaví 20 Let!)

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Today, it has been exactly 20 years since the first ATM was installed in Prague at Wenceslas Square. It was not an on-line machine, as you know nowadays and was originally only available to employees of the Czech State Savings Bank. Later on, other, more sophisticated ATMs appeared and were available to the public, but even today Czech and Slovak ATMs have room to grow.

What does the ATM acronym really mean? It stands for Automated Teller Machine thus when ATMs are used for withdrawals or deposits of cash, no human intervention is needed. Moreover, you can use the service any time of the day or week. In the beginning, Czech and Slovak ATMs, were not that sophisticated as in other countries at that time but they somewhat evolved more than in other countries.

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Tips for Legal Travel to the USA (Tipy pro Legální Cestování do USA)

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The fact that the Czech Republic was added to the Visa Waiver Program is probably not new to you. You may not know, however, that many other countries were added to this program just recently, including countries that did not previously require visas to enter the USA. This has caused lots of problems for people that were not familiar with the new travel policy. For example, citizens of the United Kingdom would unknowingly still travel without this permit and then face deportation in the United States. Most Czechs and the Slovaks are probably already acquainted with this new process but maybe don’t know what it takes to obtain the permit. The information below could be helpful to many of you and can serve as a checklist to make sure you receive the permit and will be admitted to the United States of America.

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CPL Celebrates 150 Years – Discover the History of Czechoslovakia (CPK Slavi 150 Let – Poznejte Historii Ceskoslovenska)

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Many of you living in the United States probably know that Macy’s is celebrating 150 years in business. However, how many of you know that the Czech Parliamentary Library (CPL) I celebrating the same anniversary just today? Its oldest document is dated to November 24, 1858. The CPL is located at the premises of the Czech Parliament Chamber and is the oldest administrative center of the House of Czech Parliament. Its electronic version also lets you to see documents from any part of the world in the form of text, images and also sounds. If you are interested in the history and political data of Czechoslovakia, it is worth your visit.

 

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Do You Miss Czech Historic Towns? Watch The Illusionist Movie. (Je Vam Smutno po Ceskych Historickych Mestech? Podivejte Se Na Film The Illusionist)

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Last night, again just a coincidence, we discovered another American film shot in the Czech Republic – called The Illusionist. Immediately after the first minutes of the film, we found the places, where the story took place, very familiar. On the basis of a scenario, the story took place in Vienna; however, the whole movie was shot in Prague, Tabor, Česky Krumlov and other Czech places. Would you like to see how the places, where the film was filmed, look today? You can, of course, visit the Czech Republic or look at the following photos.

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