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MOST OF the things that’ll piss off a Czech are based in the harsh realities citizens experienced living under Communism. So while some of the stuff that gets them riled up might seem ridiculous, there’s a deeper meaning to it all. Even though it’s been more than 20 years since the fall of Communism, the past still affects those currently living there. You try bouncing back from having your civil rights so blatantly violated, and tell me how it goes.

My family is part Czech, and when I studied abroad in Prague I identified very intimately with the people I encountered. Even if you haven’t grown up in the place where your ancestors came from, stereotypes about a culture can still piss you off. I get prickly when people call me an “Eastern European Commie Lover.” That seriously makes no sense, and you are dumb. Here are some surefire ways to piss off a Czech currently living in the Czech Republic, or elsewhere.

Cut us in line.

If you see a queue forming in the Czech Republic, get on it because there’s something you really want waiting at the end of it. But don’t you dare cut a Czech in line. Yes, we’ll come home from the grocery store with 25 oranges just because they happened to be on sale at Tesco. And yes, we waited 20 minutes in line to acquire them.

During Communism, common items you might see every day were not readily found in shops, so queuing up for stuff on sale is something taken very seriously. Even holding a space for a friend in line will provoke some angry comments. And it’s just RUDE.

Assume we are depressed.

I know some places around the world have this idea that the only way a person can be happy is if they wear a perpetual smile on their face. Not Czechs. We’re pragmatic people, and don’t like to exert ourselves unnecessarily. So if we’re not smiling, we might be sad. But we also might be happy. Why don’t you ask us instead of making a stupid assumption based off our facial expressions?

Label us “Eastern European.”

We’re not. We’re Central European. The capital of Prague is further west than Vienna. Basic geography, folks.

Call us alcoholics.

Yes, we consume more beer per capita than any other country. And yes, most of us develop a penchant for booze by the age of 15. But we really don’t drink as much as the world thinks we do. Or maybe we do, but we just hold our liquor better.

Czechs will drink you under the table, but you’ll never see a Czech boot (unlike many a weak-stomached visitor). When someone becomes unacceptably drunk, we don’t label them an alcoholic — we call them “problem drinkers.” And when beer is cheaper than bottled water, what do you expect? We’re a super relaxed country and most of that can be attributed to our alcohol consumption. Don’t you wish your culture was just as cool?

Purposely rip holes in your blue jeans.

We LOVE our blue jeans and we wear them everywhere — to the office, to fancy parties, even to award ceremonies. Any holes developed in our jeans are a result of wearing them out, not necessarily as a fashion statement. Even then, we mend them with tenderness. The reason so many of us look like we’re stuck in a 1990s time warp is because we never threw out that precious pair of jeans we bought in 1996, when Western fashion brands started buying up Czech real estate. We respect the almighty denim, and ripping it up to look cool is totally unacceptable.

Compare us to Russians.

We are not, and never have been, Russian. Look on a bloody map — blocked by Poland, the Ukraine, and Belarus, the Czech Republic isn’t anywhere close. We make marionettes, not Matryoshka dolls. We don’t wear babushkas, we have babičkas (Czech grannies). Our country is landlocked so we don’t eat herring, and we drink beer, not vodka.

We don’t know how to read Cyrillic writing, and we don’t care either. The Russian Orthodox church means nothing to us because only about 21% of the country is religious. If you need further convincing, we dislike Russians because the Soviets invaded our country with tanks in 1968, and fucked everything up. So just stop.

Be a vegan.

We’ve JUST figured out how to incorporate vegetarian meals into our diet, and most of those dishes still include cheese or milk. If you have a picky palate, you are basically going to starve, and we won’t have any sympathy for you.

We love our breads, meats, and milks and cook everything with those products. I hope you like salad. Make sure to learn these phrases too: bez sýra and bez mléka. Otherwise, demanding your meal be free of dairy or gluten products, and getting exactly what you want, is not going to happen.

Refer to our country as “Czechoslovakia.”

It’s been more than 20 years since the Czech Republic gracefully “broke up” with Slovakia. They are two different countries, with two different cultures, and two different languages. We get along just fine, but even so, start referring to us by our separate identities.

For example, Slovaks have adopted the Euro, and Czechs would rather pay for things in beer. And if you say you love “Czechoslovakian hockey” you will get punched in the face, because THEY ARE TWO DIFFERENT LEAGUES.

Order an American Budweiser.

Czechs take their beer drinking seriously. Why bother coming to the Czech Republic if you’re going to drink foreign brews? But apart from that, Czech Budweiser and American Budweiser have a sketchy history. Exportation drama and legalities surrounding rights to the Budweiser name have existed since the 1870s. Only recently has the adoption of the name Czechvar cooled things between breweries in Ceske Budejovice and Anheuser-Busch, but even so, it’s bad form to order your favorite American beer when Pilsner Urquell, Staropramen, Gambrinus, and Budvar will get you drunker, and taste better.

Think that all the men are “just a couple of WILD and CRAZY GUYS!”

Czech men are actually pretty placid. They party in their own way, and that typically involves drinking about 16 beers in a smoky pub, followed by a conversation about football or complaining about their wives. They do like to dance, but they’re not really interested in hooking up with travelers. Also, Dan Aykroyd and Steve Martin don’t know how to speak Czech; the language they used on those SNL sketches was completely made up. BUZZ KILL, I KNOW.

Assume we all love absinthe.

We don’t even drink it. We just like taking your money. But it still pisses us off that you think we suck that shit down on the regular.

Mix up our country with Chechnya.

Oh man, seriously? Not only did the world create social media diarrhea by spouting out all sorts of rumors associated with the Boston Marathon bombers, but a gagillion people decided to blame “Czechoslovakia” for producing the suspects. You have not only insulted a nation known for its pacifism, you have also insulted your own intelligence.

Understand that Czechs are too busy watching downloaded copies of The Big Bang Theory and smoking reefer at underground clubs to plan a terrorist attack. Open Google Maps on your iPhone, type in Czechoslovakia, and tell us what comes up.

 

 

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Katka Lapelosa

Katka is a Contributing Editor and the Social Media Manager for Matador Network. She is based in New York and has worked in the travel industry for the past five years. Other contributions include articles for Vittana, Thought Catalog, Travel Fashion Girl, Yelp!, Where’s Cool?, TripAha! and more. Read more about how awesome she is at katkatravels.com.

  • Michelle Snow

    While not Czech, my gramma was born in Praha (Prague), so I can totally relate to this article. =)

  • Dominick Weldon

    Great read. I would’ve added that although a beautiful city, there is much more to the Czech Republic than Prague.

    • David Mládek

      Do you know what people not living in Prague think about people living there? That we are arogant and egocentric. Do you know what we think about people not living in Prague? Nothing. We don’t really care about them.

    • David Mládek

      Do you know what people not living in Prague think about people living there? That we are arogant and egocentric. Do you know what we think about people not living in Prague? Nothing. We don’t really care about them.

      • czechdude

        Nice one :), I bet u were born in Brno

    • Nata Le

      Prague is so over-rated! Hradec Kralove is consistently voted as the best city to live in Czech rep.

      • czechdude

        Communists are consistently voted too, no idea what is your point.

    • Nata Le

      Prague is so over-rated! Hradec Kralove is consistently voted as the best city to live in Czech rep.

    • Nata Le

      Prague is so over-rated! Hradec Kralove is consistently voted as the best city to live in Czech rep.

    • Aron Toth

      Prague is a mother of all cities and yes, every road and path leads to Prague ;)

    • Aron Toth

      Prague is a mother of all cities and yes, every road and path leads to Prague ;)

    • Simona Fortova

      but Hradec Kralove is not beautiful at all…

    • Jan Charypar

      Aron Toth as it used to leads to Rome :)

    • Jan Charypar

      Aron Toth as it used to leads to Rome :)

    • Jan Charypar

      As all the roads used to lead to Rome… :)

    • Oldřiška Dvořáčková

      And do you know who are mostly living in Prague? People born abroad Prague, just came to study and work here. :-D I never heard any jokes about people not living in Prague from mouth of someone, who was really born in Prague :-))))))))

    • Vera Turonova

      Damn right, David Mladek clearly flatters himself too much, I’m sure I speak for majority of Czech Rep. when I say we don’t give a rat’s ass about people born in Prague. Apart from my friends living there of course

    • Vera Turonova

      Damn right, David Mladek clearly flatters himself too much, I’m sure I speak for majority of Czech Rep. when I say we don’t give a rat’s ass about people born in Prague. Apart from my friends living there of course

    • Vera Turonova

      Damn right, David Mladek clearly flatters himself too much, I’m sure I speak for majority of Czech Rep. when I say we don’t give a rat’s ass about people born in Prague. Apart from my friends living there of course

    • Vera Turonova

      Damn right, David Mladek clearly flatters himself too much, I’m sure I speak for majority of Czech Rep. when I say we don’t give a rat’s ass about people born in Prague. Apart from my friends living there of course

    • Svatopluk Nevrkla

      And I thought it was Liberec because of its rich cultural life and proximity to mountains and considerably better climate and traffic than Prague… But for a foreign visitor Prague might be more interesting than Hradec Králové or Liberec, though. Although if you want to see some cubistic architecture or German Jugendstill in its most glamorous incarnation, they should probably be your second choice :)

    • Stanislav Hladký

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  • Beth Kovars

    I still refer to my “Czechoslovakian” last name, because I have no idea which side it came from!

  • Beth Kovars

    I still refer to my “Czechoslovakian” last name, because I have no idea which side it came from!

  • Beth Kovars

    I still refer to my “Czechoslovakian” last name, because I have no idea which side it came from!

    • Katka Lapelosová

      Me too! While I was there I had some friends who sorted it out though. It was wonderful!

    • Zeibura S. Kathau

      I can tell you it’s probably Czech, “Kovač” is more common in Slovakia, though the Czech name is “Kovář” with no -s.

    • Martin Pánek

      Czechoslovak.

    • Martin Pánek

      Czechoslovak.

    • Martin Pánek

      Czechoslovak.

  • Toni Ruckschloss

    Great! -love “how to piss off..” articles!

  • Lukáš Vejs

    Nice! I have no sympathy for vegans too.. :)

    • czechdude

      Yeah bloody vegans, don’t u dare to touch the food of my food:D

  • Mishox de Shox

    I’m czech born in Prague Zizkov and I do agree. Don’t you dare call us a eastern europeans or Czechoslovaks while skipping us in the queue for beer.

    • Marie Hall

      Thinking that Czechoslovakia still exists actually offends me less than thinking we are part of Russia. Even when my country was read at my naturalization ceremony – the gov. officials said CZECHOSLOVAKIA. I think i pissed them off by correcting them in private after the ceremony.

      • czechdude

        So, u r proud citizen of New England now :) At least the ceremony speech was in American language, right?

  • Monika Moikki Kurková

    I am czech and I live in Prague and this is so true :)… and drink czech beer! :D

  • Aneta Anush Dopitová

    And if you say you love “Czechoslovakian hockey” you will get punched in the face, because THEY ARE TWO DIFFERENT LEAGUES.

  • Michal Šmrha

    Well… It’s not THAT easy to piss me off with cultural stereotypes as long as I have my beer. If you mention Czechoslovakia, I’ll be glad you got the place right. If you call us Russian absinthe lovers, I’ll laugh at your ignorance. If you cut me in line, I’ll stab your damn kidneys.

  • Michal Šmrha

    Well… It’s not THAT easy to piss me off with cultural stereotypes as long as I have my beer. If you mention Czechoslovakia, I’ll be glad you got the place right. If you call us Russian absinthe lovers, I’ll laugh at your ignorance. If you cut me in line, I’ll stab your damn kidneys.

    • Iva Packa Egertová

      I don’t feel that bad about scolding that lady in Tesco for cutting me in line anymore :-))

  • Gabriela Mašková-Součková

    Just one advice. Never ask for Bud light in České Budějovice. You might get seriously injured :-) If you ask anywhere else, people will just laugh at you.

    • Samuel Enrique Covarrubias Grobart

      not true at all :D

    • Samuel Enrique Covarrubias Grobart

      not true at all :D

    • Samuel Enrique Covarrubias Grobart

      not true at all :D

    • Samuel Enrique Covarrubias Grobart

      not true at all :D

    • Sergio Jutierrez

      Don’t believe it. I’ve never seen a fight in Czech Republic

    • Sergio Jutierrez

      Don’t believe it. I’ve never seen a fight in Czech Republic

    • Sergio Jutierrez

      Don’t believe it. I’ve never seen a fight in Czech Republic

    • Sergio Jutierrez

      Don’t believe it. I’ve never seen a fight in Czech Republic

    • Sergio Jutierrez

      Don’t believe it. I’ve never seen a fight in Czech Republic

    • Ivana Kaimah Michková

      r u kidding? :D

    • Ivana Kaimah Michková

      r u kidding? :D

    • Ivana Kaimah Michková

      r u kidding? :D

    • Ivana Kaimah Michková

      r u kidding? :D

    • Ivana Kaimah Michková

      r u kidding? :D

    • Ivana Kaimah Michková

      r u kidding? :D

    • Ivana Kaimah Michková

      r u kidding? :D

    • Jakub Gelnar

      You have never ever been to the Czech Republic, have you?

    • David Bodybuilder Martínek

      you’ll see :D

    • Péťa Lebl

      What the hell is bud light? sounds creepy

    • Péťa Lebl

      What the hell is bud light? sounds creepy

    • Honza Prokeš

      WHAT???!!! Never saw a fight in Czech republic?? Geeeez maaaan, you sure you were in this country??

  • Andrea Bednaříková

    That is SO not true. I am Czech and its just really wrong on so many levels I cant even explain. :D

  • Bara Vojče

    You should add that we hate when people don’t come on time.

  • Harry Small

    Really good article buuuut – as an English person living in Prague, in my experience Czech’s LOVE to cut in line. Actually, it may be the single most annoying thing about living here is that queuing up at the checkout, the post office or for fast food is like gladiatorial combat. Plus, in supermarket queues Czechs love to stand really, really close up behind you and grab the conveyor belt as soon as a tiny space is available.Of course, it’s a wonderful country in so many other ways that it’s worth putting up with a lack of line etiquette.

    • Katerina Falk

      I beg to differ, there is a specific order to queuing. Czech love efficiency and they will cut the line if you are being inefficient. However, you also get those “rebels” who do it on purpose, but we smack them down. I was frustrated with the massive inefficiency of the English queuing when I was living there :(

    • Katerina Falk

      I beg to differ, there is a specific order to queuing. Czech love efficiency and they will cut the line if you are being inefficient. However, you also get those “rebels” who do it on purpose, but we smack them down. I was frustrated with the massive inefficiency of the English queuing when I was living there :(

    • Katerina Falk

      I beg to differ, there is a specific order to queuing. Czech love efficiency and they will cut the line if you are being inefficient. However, you also get those “rebels” who do it on purpose, but we smack them down. I was frustrated with the massive inefficiency of the English queuing when I was living there :(

  • Jeremy Fields

    This article fails right at the beginning. Czechs will cut in front of you in line as soon as you leave more than 6 CM of space between you and the person in front of you! If you are not bumping your cart, basket, nether regions into the people in front of you your wait will be longer than anticipated. This same strategy applies to driving.

    Everything else is spot on and definitely a lovely culture and country!

    • Timothy Day

      It just happened to me a couple hours ago while waiting in line for a beer during a burning the witch celebration… no doubt about it … whether you are at the post office or the supermarket … you don’t do that shit back home without words being broken and possible negative fallout. I would really like some intellectual with lots of extra time to get down to the nitty gritty and explain to me why they think this is ok…

    • Timothy Day

      It just happened to me a couple hours ago while waiting in line for a beer during a burning the witch celebration… no doubt about it … whether you are at the post office or the supermarket … you don’t do that shit back home without words being broken and possible negative fallout. I would really like some intellectual with lots of extra time to get down to the nitty gritty and explain to me why they think this is ok…

    • Aleš Netopilík

      hahaha, mostly old people are doing this shit guys :) They just really don’t care about other people standing in the line, and every single sign of hesitation is being punished LOL!

    • Peter Fabian

      Czechs will cut another Czechs off, these another Czechs will then get mightily pissed off.

    • Jan Vališ

      it’s not wrong. Czechs hate when people cut in front of you, unless it’s them who cut in :-)

    • Jan Vališ

      it’s not wrong. Czechs hate when people cut in front of you, unless it’s them who cut in :-)

    • Josef Stráský

      Well, You used that you just wait in the line and get it. But during Communism you need to fight, because if you wait, it is just sold out. Old habits.

    • Josef Stráský

      Well, You used that you just wait in the line and get it. But during Communism you need to fight, because if you wait, it is just sold out. Old habits.

    • Josef Stráský

      Well, You used that you just wait in the line and get it. But during Communism you need to fight, because if you wait, it is just sold out. Old habits.

    • Sergio Jutierrez

      Nobody is gonna say shit if you cut him in line. I’ve never met such a indifferent and quiet society. Fight is not one of their strengths…

    • Vojtěch Mortis Ptáček

      Timothy Day Hi, I am not really true intellectual but I live in our little Czech Republic for whole my life. There used to be quite long tradition of supply problems. Central goverment and central planing during the comunist era worked worse than worst. Many people had to wait whole days in queue to get one piece of furniture or something because that market got only that one piece or maybe two. Waiting for for documents which allowed you to travel over our borders took days. We created some “rules” in those dark days and many people are guided by them until nowdays. Ussualy elder people haven´t changed their behavior a bit because many of them lived under two different totalitarian regimes and it is hard for them to change their manners. They will try to get through any queue as far as possible because they remember times when it was the only chance how to get anything. I know it is rude. We all know it but we try to be patient with them. I beg you to do the same. They do not understand any other language than Czech or Russian so they will not know they are pissing YOU off. I apologiese for them and for my English. I am really tired today.
      PS: And if I can tell you something about our driving behavior. It is definitely terrible. And again history of this madnes began more than fifty years ago. When people waited those absolutely enormous queues and payed some bribes they could get some shity car and it was their last car for next twenty years but then more people bought cars. Centralistic goverment used to build everything by some mad plan they created so roads used to be overfilled and there were olso many problems with no good crossroads and people got used to drive little bit odd. When we got some democracy it used to be “wild” democracy for some time and so much many got stolen so nobody built new roads and that old ones are absolutely ruined. And as you know rude behavior transfers much better than that polite. I hope I helped you just a little to understand our nation. We are not best nation on the world but we try so do not lose hope. :-)

    • Vojtěch Mortis Ptáček

      Timothy Day Hi, I am not really true intellectual but I live in our little Czech Republic for whole my life. There used to be quite long tradition of supply problems. Central goverment and central planing during the comunist era worked worse than worst. Many people had to wait whole days in queue to get one piece of furniture or something because that market got only that one piece or maybe two. Waiting for for documents which allowed you to travel over our borders took days. We created some “rules” in those dark days and many people are guided by them until nowdays. Ussualy elder people haven´t changed their behavior a bit because many of them lived under two different totalitarian regimes and it is hard for them to change their manners. They will try to get through any queue as far as possible because they remember times when it was the only chance how to get anything. I know it is rude. We all know it but we try to be patient with them. I beg you to do the same. They do not understand any other language than Czech or Russian so they will not know they are pissing YOU off. I apologiese for them and for my English. I am really tired today.
      PS: And if I can tell you something about our driving behavior. It is definitely terrible. And again history of this madnes began more than fifty years ago. When people waited those absolutely enormous queues and payed some bribes they could get some shity car and it was their last car for next twenty years but then more people bought cars. Centralistic goverment used to build everything by some mad plan they created so roads used to be overfilled and there were olso many problems with no good crossroads and people got used to drive little bit odd. When we got some democracy it used to be “wild” democracy for some time and so much many got stolen so nobody built new roads and that old ones are absolutely ruined. And as you know rude behavior transfers much better than that polite. I hope I helped you just a little to understand our nation. We are not best nation on the world but we try so do not lose hope. :-)

    • Vojtěch Mortis Ptáček

      Timothy Day Hi, I am not really true intellectual but I live in our little Czech Republic for whole my life. There used to be quite long tradition of supply problems. Central goverment and central planing during the comunist era worked worse than worst. Many people had to wait whole days in queue to get one piece of furniture or something because that market got only that one piece or maybe two. Waiting for for documents which allowed you to travel over our borders took days. We created some “rules” in those dark days and many people are guided by them until nowdays. Ussualy elder people haven´t changed their behavior a bit because many of them lived under two different totalitarian regimes and it is hard for them to change their manners. They will try to get through any queue as far as possible because they remember times when it was the only chance how to get anything. I know it is rude. We all know it but we try to be patient with them. I beg you to do the same. They do not understand any other language than Czech or Russian so they will not know they are pissing YOU off. I apologiese for them and for my English. I am really tired today.
      PS: And if I can tell you something about our driving behavior. It is definitely terrible. And again history of this madnes began more than fifty years ago. When people waited those absolutely enormous queues and payed some bribes they could get some shity car and it was their last car for next twenty years but then more people bought cars. Centralistic goverment used to build everything by some mad plan they created so roads used to be overfilled and there were olso many problems with no good crossroads and people got used to drive little bit odd. When we got some democracy it used to be “wild” democracy for some time and so much many got stolen so nobody built new roads and that old ones are absolutely ruined. And as you know rude behavior transfers much better than that polite. I hope I helped you just a little to understand our nation. We are not best nation on the world but we try so do not lose hope. :-)

    • Vojtěch Mortis Ptáček

      Timothy Day Hi, I am not really true intellectual but I live in our little Czech Republic for whole my life. There used to be quite long tradition of supply problems. Central goverment and central planing during the comunist era worked worse than worst. Many people had to wait whole days in queue to get one piece of furniture or something because that market got only that one piece or maybe two. Waiting for for documents which allowed you to travel over our borders took days. We created some “rules” in those dark days and many people are guided by them until nowdays. Ussualy elder people haven´t changed their behavior a bit because many of them lived under two different totalitarian regimes and it is hard for them to change their manners. They will try to get through any queue as far as possible because they remember times when it was the only chance how to get anything. I know it is rude. We all know it but we try to be patient with them. I beg you to do the same. They do not understand any other language than Czech or Russian so they will not know they are pissing YOU off. I apologiese for them and for my English. I am really tired today.
      PS: And if I can tell you something about our driving behavior. It is definitely terrible. And again history of this madnes began more than fifty years ago. When people waited those absolutely enormous queues and payed some bribes they could get some shity car and it was their last car for next twenty years but then more people bought cars. Centralistic goverment used to build everything by some mad plan they created so roads used to be overfilled and there were olso many problems with no good crossroads and people got used to drive little bit odd. When we got some democracy it used to be “wild” democracy for some time and so much many got stolen so nobody built new roads and that old ones are absolutely ruined. And as you know rude behavior transfers much better than that polite. I hope I helped you just a little to understand our nation. We are not best nation on the world but we try so do not lose hope. :-)

    • Vojtěch Mortis Ptáček

      Timothy Day Hi, I am not really true intellectual but I live in our little Czech Republic for whole my life. There used to be quite long tradition of supply problems. Central goverment and central planing during the comunist era worked worse than worst. Many people had to wait whole days in queue to get one piece of furniture or something because that market got only that one piece or maybe two. Waiting for for documents which allowed you to travel over our borders took days. We created some “rules” in those dark days and many people are guided by them until nowdays. Ussualy elder people haven´t changed their behavior a bit because many of them lived under two different totalitarian regimes and it is hard for them to change their manners. They will try to get through any queue as far as possible because they remember times when it was the only chance how to get anything. I know it is rude. We all know it but we try to be patient with them. I beg you to do the same. They do not understand any other language than Czech or Russian so they will not know they are pissing YOU off. I apologiese for them and for my English. I am really tired today.
      PS: And if I can tell you something about our driving behavior. It is definitely terrible. And again history of this madnes began more than fifty years ago. When people waited those absolutely enormous queues and payed some bribes they could get some shity car and it was their last car for next twenty years but then more people bought cars. Centralistic goverment used to build everything by some mad plan they created so roads used to be overfilled and there were olso many problems with no good crossroads and people got used to drive little bit odd. When we got some democracy it used to be “wild” democracy for some time and so much many got stolen so nobody built new roads and that old ones are absolutely ruined. And as you know rude behavior transfers much better than that polite. I hope I helped you just a little to understand our nation. We are not best nation on the world but we try so do not lose hope. :-)

    • Vojtěch Mortis Ptáček

      I see my grammar now and I am really ashamed.. :-/

    • Vojtěch Mortis Ptáček

      I see my grammar now and I am really ashamed.. :-/

    • Katerina Falk

      Then you should keep the appropriate interval from the person before you, it will make the line shorter (it is all about efficiency!). Czechs love order (the little German inside makes us do it!). So, follow the rules and no one will jump the queue … it drives me crazy when Americans leave too much space in line, queuing is an art form :D

    • Marie Hall

      With driving for sure!!! I refuse to drive there now. Nobody ever lets you go in traffic – everybody just buts in when they have the tiniest space…

      • aryavrata

        Driving in Prague is actually quite pleasurable, and most people are pretty courteous here. But I’m from India, so… ;)

  • Jeremy Fields

    This article fails right at the beginning. Czechs will cut in front of you in line as soon as you leave more than 6 CM of space between you and the person in front of you! If you are not bumping your cart, basket, nether regions into the people in front of you your wait will be longer than anticipated. This same strategy applies to driving.

    Everything else is spot on and definitely a lovely culture and country!

  • Daniel Suk

    True in many ways. Don’t you ever dare to mistake us with Russians, they have a really bad history with us – and, speaking for the younger czechs, we dislike being mixed up with them even more than our grannie

  • Daniel Suk

    Also, let me speak for all the Czechs (If I may) – the worst thing you can do is letting us hope for something – and then let us down. It is hard to get to us closer, but when you do, just DONT let us down. Czechs expect bad outcomes always, so do not make them believe that you do something for them and let them down then.

    Explanation why this is particularly bad? Look up the f***ing history. We had been opressed by habsburg austrians for 300 years or so. When we finally got freed, we built one of top ten economies in the world. Made mutual agreements with French (and some with the British) – and guess what, they f***ed us with Hitler, and let us defend ourselves alone. Germans smashed what they could. Then came brief period of freedom, and oh la la, 1948. We hoped for a free democracy. And the bolsheviks took our freedom again, there was a lot of executed, prosecuted, and many other -cuted people. They actually died, get it? Friends, families affected by both the war AND the bolshevism. We lived through that, there came the 60′s, the Prague spring, we hoped for a change… And guess what? Our closest allies invided us 1M strong from five f***ing directions and reinstalled hard bolshevism. We learned to live through that. We took our freedom back in 1989. We divorced with the Slovaks in a velvet way, far better than any other f***ing country in Europe, look at the Yugoslavians, for example. We want our peace, we want freedom, we want friends whom we can r.e.a.l.l.y trust – but don’t try to fail our friendship, once we agree to trust you. Never.

    • Honza Mareš

      Jojo fňuk, fňuk. Všichni nám ubližujou.

    • Daniel Suk

      ..?
      “Tak, a teď to shodim narážkou na fňukání, abych vypadal děsně drsnej a nad věcí, to jsem ale hustej”

    • Daniel Suk

      ..?
      “Tak, a teď to shodim narážkou na fňukání, abych vypadal děsně drsnej a nad věcí, to jsem ale hustej”

    • Jim Willetts

      It’s a common Czech misconception – the agreements were only with the French, not the British, who as it turns out were in no position to intervene. Czechs are the only people to have VOTED communists into power. Slightly self-inflicted.

    • Michael Kalný

      Jim Willetts There were some agreements with other countries too, but not defensive pact, that is right. But you can not deny, that GB was one of the countries who decided to let Czechoslovakia to Nazis. Chamberlain war really proud of it and when he came back to GB, he prided himself with “saving peace in Europe” and “small sacrifice – big prize”. It is easy to sacrifise someone else, even when he is one of your best economical and political ally in Europe.
      And for voting communist by ourselfs… Well technically it is true. There was 40% of population for communist in elections in 1948. But its not so easy. Because of communist and russian propaganda (freed by russians from nazis, remember), there was forbiden for right parties to exist. And that is why there was about 40% of not voting people. They just had no possibility to vote as they wanted. And that made so big victory of communists. But technically you are rigth we voted for them. And that they never played fair? That they infiltred other parties with spies supported from russia? And made non democratic putsch? Oh yes I know.. We woted for them..

    • Michael Kalný

      Jim Willetts There were some agreements with other countries too, but not defensive pact, that is right. But you can not deny, that GB was one of the countries who decided to let Czechoslovakia to Nazis. Chamberlain war really proud of it and when he came back to GB, he prided himself with “saving peace in Europe” and “small sacrifice – big prize”. It is easy to sacrifise someone else, even when he is one of your best economical and political ally in Europe.
      And for voting communist by ourselfs… Well technically it is true. There was 40% of population for communist in elections in 1948. But its not so easy. Because of communist and russian propaganda (freed by russians from nazis, remember), there was forbiden for right parties to exist. And that is why there was about 40% of not voting people. They just had no possibility to vote as they wanted. And that made so big victory of communists. But technically you are rigth we voted for them. And that they never played fair? That they infiltred other parties with spies supported from russia? And made non democratic putsch? Oh yes I know.. We woted for them..

    • Michael Kalný

      Jim Willetts There were some agreements with other countries too, but not defensive pact, that is right. But you can not deny, that GB was one of the countries who decided to let Czechoslovakia to Nazis. Chamberlain war really proud of it and when he came back to GB, he prided himself with “saving peace in Europe” and “small sacrifice – big prize”. It is easy to sacrifise someone else, even when he is one of your best economical and political ally in Europe.
      And for voting communist by ourselfs… Well technically it is true. There was 40% of population for communist in elections in 1948. But its not so easy. Because of communist and russian propaganda (freed by russians from nazis, remember), there was forbiden for right parties to exist. And that is why there was about 40% of not voting people. They just had no possibility to vote as they wanted. And that made so big victory of communists. But technically you are rigth we voted for them. And that they never played fair? That they infiltred other parties with spies supported from russia? And made non democratic putsch? Oh yes I know.. We woted for them..

    • Steve Day

      Michael Kalný So interesting to read the history lesson. My girlfriend is Czech and I’m sure her impression is that the Russians kinda took power as there was an affinity towards them from Czech for driving out the Germans….but she is bit younger and not interested in detail :)

    • Steve Day

      Michael Kalný So interesting to read the history lesson. My girlfriend is Czech and I’m sure her impression is that the Russians kinda took power as there was an affinity towards them from Czech for driving out the Germans….but she is bit younger and not interested in detail :)

    • Steve Day

      Michael Kalný So interesting to read the history lesson. My girlfriend is Czech and I’m sure her impression is that the Russians kinda took power as there was an affinity towards them from Czech for driving out the Germans….but she is bit younger and not interested in detail :)

    • Steve Day

      Michael Kalný So interesting to read the history lesson. My girlfriend is Czech and I’m sure her impression is that the Russians kinda took power as there was an affinity towards them from Czech for driving out the Germans….but she is bit younger and not interested in detail :)

    • Steve Day

      Michael Kalný So interesting to read the history lesson. My girlfriend is Czech and I’m sure her impression is that the Russians kinda took power as there was an affinity towards them from Czech for driving out the Germans….but she is bit younger and not interested in detail :)

    • Peter Locker

      Here, here. Well said mate.

    • Peter Locker

      Here, here. Well said mate.

    • Sergio Jutierrez

      Finally somebody who admits (and explains) their behavior against foreigners

    • Daniel Suk

      Jim Willets: not exactly. Propaganda, which the communists achieved to slip into history, says it was a free vote, but there was a big “lidová milice” (militiamen) presence in the streets. The communists knew what they were doing, and as the eastern border of Czechoslovakia extended far close to Kiev, bolsheviks really wanted us in the eastern bloc.

      I do not say that GB really betrayed us – they just didn’t give any fucks to our fate (appeasement, and as Michael Kalný described, Chamberlain was adored as peace creator, even though not by all ofc). That’s the reason why we generally like britons more than french, in consideration of consistence and integrity.

      — oh, and I forgot the little fact that we weren’t even invited to Munich conference, which is widely proverbed by czechs as “o nás bez nás” (about us – without us). Nice way how to decide if a country should defend itself – now, you have 60 divisions strong opponent enclosing you from three sides, we are not going to help you – you should give up.
      Yet, there was a nationwide mobilisation, we wanted to protect our country. The president Benes decision not to fight is also a widely discussed and unclear part of our recent history.

    • Daniel Suk

      Jim Willets: not exactly. Propaganda, which the communists achieved to slip into history, says it was a free vote, but there was a big “lidová milice” (militiamen) presence in the streets. The communists knew what they were doing, and as the eastern border of Czechoslovakia extended far close to Kiev, bolsheviks really wanted us in the eastern bloc.

      I do not say that GB really betrayed us – they just didn’t give any fucks to our fate (appeasement, and as Michael Kalný described, Chamberlain was adored as peace creator, even though not by all ofc). That’s the reason why we generally like britons more than french, in consideration of consistence and integrity.

      — oh, and I forgot the little fact that we weren’t even invited to Munich conference, which is widely proverbed by czechs as “o nás bez nás” (about us – without us). Nice way how to decide if a country should defend itself – now, you have 60 divisions strong opponent enclosing you from three sides, we are not going to help you – you should give up.
      Yet, there was a nationwide mobilisation, we wanted to protect our country. The president Benes decision not to fight is also a widely discussed and unclear part of our recent history.

    • Daniel Suk

      Jim Willets: not exactly. Propaganda, which the communists achieved to slip into history, says it was a free vote, but there was a big “lidová milice” (militiamen) presence in the streets. The communists knew what they were doing, and as the eastern border of Czechoslovakia extended far close to Kiev, bolsheviks really wanted us in the eastern bloc.

      I do not say that GB really betrayed us – they just didn’t give any fucks to our fate (appeasement, and as Michael Kalný described, Chamberlain was adored as peace creator, even though not by all ofc). That’s the reason why we generally like britons more than french, in consideration of consistence and integrity.

      — oh, and I forgot the little fact that we weren’t even invited to Munich conference, which is widely proverbed by czechs as “o nás bez nás” (about us – without us). Nice way how to decide if a country should defend itself – now, you have 60 divisions strong opponent enclosing you from three sides, we are not going to help you – you should give up.
      Yet, there was a nationwide mobilisation, we wanted to protect our country. The president Benes decision not to fight is also a widely discussed and unclear part of our recent history.

    • Daniel Suk

      Jim Willets: not exactly. Propaganda, which the communists achieved to slip into history, says it was a free vote, but there was a big “lidová milice” (militiamen) presence in the streets. The communists knew what they were doing, and as the eastern border of Czechoslovakia extended far close to Kiev, bolsheviks really wanted us in the eastern bloc.

      I do not say that GB really betrayed us – they just didn’t give any fucks to our fate (appeasement, and as Michael Kalný described, Chamberlain was adored as peace creator, even though not by all ofc). That’s the reason why we generally like britons more than french, in consideration of consistence and integrity.

      — oh, and I forgot the little fact that we weren’t even invited to Munich conference, which is widely proverbed by czechs as “o nás bez nás” (about us – without us). Nice way how to decide if a country should defend itself – now, you have 60 divisions strong opponent enclosing you from three sides, we are not going to help you – you should give up.
      Yet, there was a nationwide mobilisation, we wanted to protect our country. The president Benes decision not to fight is also a widely discussed and unclear part of our recent history.

    • Marek Malý

      Jim Willets: Majority voted for communist, because soviets “saved” Prague. And why they did? Because there was an agreement between them and US in the first place. US army led by general Patton came to Pilsen before Red Army was closing to Prague, so the americans could made it just in time and in that case, we would got our democracy 40 years earlier. But the agreement was struck again without giving us a chance to choose. Results are commonly known, many destroyed lives, emigration, broken up families, life without freedom of speech. So don’t make it look like we wanted it all for us. We did not. We were just let down again.

    • Marek Malý

      Jim Willets: Majority voted for communist, because soviets “saved” Prague. And why they did? Because there was an agreement between them and US in the first place. US army led by general Patton came to Pilsen before Red Army was closing to Prague, so the americans could made it just in time and in that case, we would got our democracy 40 years earlier. But the agreement was struck again without giving us a chance to choose. Results are commonly known, many destroyed lives, emigration, broken up families, life without freedom of speech. So don’t make it look like we wanted it all for us. We did not. We were just let down again.

    • Marek Malý

      Jim Willets: Majority voted for communist, because soviets “saved” Prague. And why they did? Because there was an agreement between them and US in the first place. US army led by general Patton came to Pilsen before Red Army was closing to Prague, so the americans could made it just in time and in that case, we would got our democracy 40 years earlier. But the agreement was struck again without giving us a chance to choose. Results are commonly known, many destroyed lives, emigration, broken up families, life without freedom of speech. So don’t make it look like we wanted it all for us. We did not. We were just let down again.

      • Baalzvuv

        Oh, the wrong country saved you, such a bishmazal. And saved in quotes?!… Those Soviets bore on themselves most of the weight of the cruelest war in world history and saved you as well as the others from the worst thing that could have ever happened to you not because they had an agreement or wanted to spread their ideology, but because they wanted to end up with fascism. Now I am sorry they did anything for anyone outside their borders, you should have tasted fascism for what it really was and end it up yourself. That would have given you a wonderful opportunity to take your own chance, not to wait for others to give it to you… And communists, every single one of them was imported & installed here by soviets or was it a homemade product? Didn’t they have czech surnames? Ideology – theirs, but execution – all yours. So who let you down yet again? You yourself, may be? Btw, do you know what role Russian empire played in you getting your own independent republic, ah?..

    • Katerina Falk

      Yes, Czechs did vote for the Communists in 1948, but only after their biggest allies (UK, France and USA) abandoned them both at the beginning and the end of WW2. There are even many information tables about this in the Bletchley Park and many other WW2 museums in the UK, I guess some lessons in history are in order here. They tried to change things again in 1968, but I did not see anyone coming to “help” …

    • Eva

      well said Daniel.

  • Nick Young

    Some of what you say is true….Czechs are the opposite of vegan (thank goodness), they are not Russians, Chechnyans, nor Czechoslovakians, and they don’t like to rip blue jeans. But I would like to express a few things I’ve picked up in my four years living in Prague, if you don’t mind.

    1) Czechs are massive line cutters. And its not only practiced, but also completely accepted by clerks who don’t want to tell people to wait their turn when they see a line cutter. Majorly annoying and rude.

    2) I’ve never seen an American Budweiser for sale anywhere in CZ Republic, and I’ve been living there for about four years, visiting many, many bars. Not sure what you are talking about with that one. If I did see someone asking where they could find an American Budweiser I’d have to explain to them about the beauty of Czech beer (microbrews, especially).

    3) Czechs are alcoholics, but lets call them functioning alcoholics. They are far and away the largest consumers of beer in the world, at something like.5L of beer per day per every man, woman, and child in the country. And when you can get great, cheap beer at a bar on nearly every street corner, then why not?

    4) The whole Chechnya-Czechoslovakia-Czech Republic mix up a few weeks back has been massively overblown and used up by know-it-alls. Having 50 people on twitter and Facebook confuse two similar sounding, far off international countries (okay Chechnya is an independent sub-province of some sort) is hardly an indictment of stupidity of “all those ignorant people not cool enough to have been to Prague.”

    Most people outside of Europe have had no reason to know where the CZR is nor know what values it holds. Even the dummies could tell you some basic facts about the UK, Germany, France, and Italy, but why should they be expected to know about the CZR? And btw, that’s a good thing to be out of the news and the public eye, as it means nothing bad is happening in your country.

    Prague is a cool place because nobody here gives a damn about what other people are thinking or doing. It’s very “live and let live” in its attitude, which comes across as overly complacent to many but which is actually quite highly evolved.

    When hipster know-it-alls and insecure America bashing Europeans and Czechs start acting super offended and want to flex their intellectual superiority then the coolness that is Czech indifference will fade away quickly. Just let it go, go drink a bunch of cheap beer, smoke a j, and eat some ribs. These are Czech things, while being worried about the perception of outsiders is not.

    • Mike Moravian

      Number 4: I’m sorry, but even I won’t missplace Australia for Austria, sounds almost the same, yup? I mean, by that logic. I couldn’t care less for the Czechoslovakia still being used that much, but oh well, Chechnya is just too much, also when used in such a manner as bombing civilians in Boston.
      Anyway, I am glad for your number 2. Good approach on that one, sir Young. Microbrews are the best, be sure to try Kácov 12°. I think, it’s the best beer by far I have ever had in our country. Lot of options here, surely people should taste more than Pilsner Urquell, Gambrinus (lol, really? Yuck) or any other well known beers.

    • Nick Young

      Zly Casy in Nusle is my favorite bar for microbrewed pivo. Something like 30 kinds of microbrews that change regularly, full of mostly grizzled locals and even non-smoking! Tough to beat.

    • Luboš Carlist Smolík

      Hey Nick, good point. As for number 2: I think the author wanted to express that to order some non-Czech beers (such as Heineken, Paulaner, Kasteel etc.) is considered madness or a grave sin in many pubs in the Czech Republic. Anyway, I don’t know any place where you could get the American Budweiser.

    • Luboš Carlist Smolík

      Hey Nick, good point. As for number 2: I think the author wanted to express that to order some non-Czech beers (such as Heineken, Paulaner, Kasteel etc.) is considered madness or a grave sin in many pubs in the Czech Republic. Anyway, I don’t know any place where you could get the American Budweiser.

    • Luboš Carlist Smolík

      Hey Nick, good point. As for number 2: I think the author wanted to express that to order some non-Czech beers (such as Heineken, Paulaner, Kasteel etc.) is considered madness or a grave sin in many pubs in the Czech Republic. Anyway, I don’t know any place where you could get the American Budweiser.

    • Kristynka Edney

      I’m sorry, but I honestly feel offended by number 4. So what that Czech rep. and Chechnya sound pretty much the same? As @Mike Moravian wrote, Australia and Austria do to, but you wouldn’t mistake those. If you want to talk about the nationality of bombers not only in Boston, but anywhere else in the world, get your facts right, especially if you are a world wide news program! I’m not talking about tweets, because as you said, know-it-all hipsters just can’t be taken and won’t be taken seriously.
      As for American Budweiser, I have seen it a couple times in supermarkets, such as Tesco and Carefour (which no longer exists in CZ), also in a few bars, but it is extremely rare. I agree with @Luboš Carlist Smolík that the author meant not only American Budweiser but other non-Czech beers.
      And as for the line cutting, it’s sort of I’m a Czech, I can do it, but you’re a foreigner, so don’t you dare! Must say, that I was born and raised in CZ, although my dad is a true Brit, and I don’t and hate cutting line.

    • Kristynka Edney

      I’m sorry, but I honestly feel offended by number 4. So what that Czech rep. and Chechnya sound pretty much the same? As @Mike Moravian wrote, Australia and Austria do to, but you wouldn’t mistake those. If you want to talk about the nationality of bombers not only in Boston, but anywhere else in the world, get your facts right, especially if you are a world wide news program! I’m not talking about tweets, because as you said, know-it-all hipsters just can’t be taken and won’t be taken seriously.
      As for American Budweiser, I have seen it a couple times in supermarkets, such as Tesco and Carefour (which no longer exists in CZ), also in a few bars, but it is extremely rare. I agree with @Luboš Carlist Smolík that the author meant not only American Budweiser but other non-Czech beers.
      And as for the line cutting, it’s sort of I’m a Czech, I can do it, but you’re a foreigner, so don’t you dare! Must say, that I was born and raised in CZ, although my dad is a true Brit, and I don’t and hate cutting line.

    • Kristynka Edney

      I’m sorry, but I honestly feel offended by number 4. So what that Czech rep. and Chechnya sound pretty much the same? As @Mike Moravian wrote, Australia and Austria do to, but you wouldn’t mistake those. If you want to talk about the nationality of bombers not only in Boston, but anywhere else in the world, get your facts right, especially if you are a world wide news program! I’m not talking about tweets, because as you said, know-it-all hipsters just can’t be taken and won’t be taken seriously.
      As for American Budweiser, I have seen it a couple times in supermarkets, such as Tesco and Carefour (which no longer exists in CZ), also in a few bars, but it is extremely rare. I agree with @Luboš Carlist Smolík that the author meant not only American Budweiser but other non-Czech beers.
      And as for the line cutting, it’s sort of I’m a Czech, I can do it, but you’re a foreigner, so don’t you dare! Must say, that I was born and raised in CZ, although my dad is a true Brit, and I don’t and hate cutting line.

      • imnotx

        Name all the states of USA or be quiet.

  • Nick Young

    Some of what you say is true….Czechs are the opposite of vegan (thank goodness), they are not Russians, Chechnyans, nor Czechoslovakians, and they don’t like to rip blue jeans. But I would like to express a few things I’ve picked up in my four years living in Prague, if you don’t mind.

    1) Czechs are massive line cutters. And its not only practiced, but also completely accepted by clerks who don’t want to tell people to wait their turn when they see a line cutter. Majorly annoying and rude.

    2) I’ve never seen an American Budweiser for sale anywhere in CZ Republic, and I’ve been living there for about four years, visiting many, many bars. Not sure what you are talking about with that one. If I did see someone asking where they could find an American Budweiser I’d have to explain to them about the beauty of Czech beer (microbrews, especially).

    3) Czechs are alcoholics, but lets call them functioning alcoholics. They are far and away the largest consumers of beer in the world, at something like.5L of beer per day per every man, woman, and child in the country. And when you can get great, cheap beer at a bar on nearly every street corner, then why not?

    4) The whole Chechnya-Czechoslovakia-Czech Republic mix up a few weeks back has been massively overblown and used up by know-it-alls. Having 50 people on twitter and Facebook confuse two similar sounding, far off international countries (okay Chechnya is an independent sub-province of some sort) is hardly an indictment of stupidity of “all those ignorant people not cool enough to have been to Prague.”

    Most people outside of Europe have had no reason to know where the CZR is nor know what values it holds. Even the dummies could tell you some basic facts about the UK, Germany, France, and Italy, but why should they be expected to know about the CZR? And btw, that’s a good thing to be out of the news and the public eye, as it means nothing bad is happening in your country.

    Prague is a cool place because nobody here gives a damn about what other people are thinking or doing. It’s very “live and let live” in its attitude, which comes across as overly complacent to many but which is actually quite highly evolved.

    When hipster know-it-alls and insecure America bashing Europeans and Czechs start acting super offended and want to flex their intellectual superiority then the coolness that is Czech indifference will fade away quickly. Just let it go, go drink a bunch of cheap beer, smoke a j, and eat some ribs. These are Czech things, while being worried about the perception of outsiders is not.

    • Lucie

      I am from the Czech Republic and have lived there for 18 years of my life, this article has personally made me laugh a lot, I think the author of the article is aiming to entertain people that read it (which certainly worked with me) and it is not meant to be taken seriously or anything, I think it is great bit of fun that cheers anyone with a good sense of humor up :)

    • kernel

      go drink a bunch of cheap beer, smoke a j, and eat some ribs = causes highest cancer, diabetes, obesity rates on the whole World.

      I do not care about obese parasites that ruin our health care system and related taxes. 520 bilions CZK per year what is 25 bilions USD per year and 10M people. Fuck yeah

      • Haha

        Czechs are not nearly as obese as the Americans. You might want to check some facts before posting..

        • Stv

          “You might want to check some facts before posting…” – and herein lies the problem. Checking facts is hard work, you can’t ask that of people!

      • czdwarf

        Double check your facts, cause i dont belive that number and even if its true i dont really think it is so much releated to “obese parasites”. Just saying that i did a little research and this number and article where this information is, was copied on all other sites from one and only article on NZÚ site. Also NZÚ is NOT Department of Health or Department of Economy so… i think this is just a political bullshit…

    • Disgruntled vegan

      What a prejudice comment about vegans? Why “thank goodness” that Czechs are the opposite of Vegans, i think that is an insulting and ignorant comment. Vegan’s don’t do anything to harm anyone, and as such deserve no abuse.

  • Nick Young

    Some of what you say is true….Czechs are the opposite of vegan (thank goodness), they are not Russians, Chechnyans, nor Czechoslovakians, and they don’t like to rip blue jeans. But I would like to express a few things I’ve picked up in my four years living in Prague, if you don’t mind.

    1) Czechs are massive line cutters. And its not only practiced, but also completely accepted by clerks who don’t want to tell people to wait their turn when they see a line cutter. Majorly annoying and rude.

    2) I’ve never seen an American Budweiser for sale anywhere in CZ Republic, and I’ve been living there for about four years, visiting many, many bars. Not sure what you are talking about with that one. If I did see someone asking where they could find an American Budweiser I’d have to explain to them about the beauty of Czech beer (microbrews, especially).

    3) Czechs are alcoholics, but lets call them functioning alcoholics. They are far and away the largest consumers of beer in the world, at something like.5L of beer per day per every man, woman, and child in the country. And when you can get great, cheap beer at a bar on nearly every street corner, then why not?

    4) The whole Chechnya-Czechoslovakia-Czech Republic mix up a few weeks back has been massively overblown and used up by know-it-alls. Having 50 people on twitter and Facebook confuse two similar sounding, far off international countries (okay Chechnya is an independent sub-province of some sort) is hardly an indictment of stupidity of “all those ignorant people not cool enough to have been to Prague.”

    Most people outside of Europe have had no reason to know where the CZR is nor know what values it holds. Even the dummies could tell you some basic facts about the UK, Germany, France, and Italy, but why should they be expected to know about the CZR? And btw, that’s a good thing to be out of the news and the public eye, as it means nothing bad is happening in your country.

    Prague is a cool place because nobody here gives a damn about what other people are thinking or doing. It’s very “live and let live” in its attitude, which comes across as overly complacent to many but which is actually quite highly evolved.

    When hipster know-it-alls and insecure America bashing Europeans and Czechs start acting super offended and want to flex their intellectual superiority then the coolness that is Czech indifference will fade away quickly. Just let it go, go drink a bunch of cheap beer, smoke a j, and eat some ribs. These are Czech things, while being worried about the perception of outsiders is not.

  • William McNabb

    Good stuff. I’ve had Czech beer. It’s awesome. But every country I go to makes good bear. Except the USA ;-)

    • Michal Prokš

      I don’t think we have that many bears around here anymore :-)

      • czechdude

        They’re comin back from Slovakia :)

    • Michal Prokš

      I don’t think we have that many bears around here anymore :-)

    • Michal Prokš

      I don’t think we have that many bears around here anymore :-)

    • Michal Prokš

      I don’t think we have that many bears around here anymore :-)

    • Dickhouse

      i live here for many years, tried all of them and prefer Stella Artois to any popular czech(oslovakian) beer.

      • czechdude

        Nothing against Stella, but if I can choose I’d prefer a nice pint of any czech lager.
        Funny facts – Budweis is german for Ceske Budejovice – city in Czech. Therefor Budweiser is beer brewed in Ceske Budejovice – so what the f*ck is American Budweiser?

        • Syryn

          American Budweiser is far as good as Czech one…
          Budvar Rulez!!!

      • M

        You tried all of them? :-D I counted some 20+ brands just around here where I live. What about the whole country?

  • Ivana Recmanová

    Good points. One more thing that I dislike is that people sometimes assume I’m from Prague just because I am from the Czech Republic. However, this is also a conclusion my Moravian friends jump into (I don’t live that far away from there…). In fact, people from Prague don’t have a good reputation in the place where I live although I must say that stereotypes about people from Prague are not necessarily true.

  • Ivana Recmanová

    Good points. One more thing that I dislike is that people sometimes assume I’m from Prague just because I am from the Czech Republic. However, this is also a conclusion my Moravian friends jump into (I don’t live that far away from there…). In fact, people from Prague don’t have a good reputation in the place where I live although I must say that stereotypes about people from Prague are not necessarily true.

    • Helena Jindrova

      No já jsem vždycky věděla, že sem nepatřím:)

    • Katerina Falk

      hehe, true … I always respond that I am actually from a place closer to Vienna. That gets them very confused usually :D

  • Martina Švecová

    Ok, I guess I’m a really weird Czech :). Even though I’m not vegan (I love my steak and eggs and cheese and milk too much), I know a lot of vegan restaurants and I actually eat there sometimes. Also, I don’t drink beer. I barely drink at all. Now try to explain it to a foreigner who is hung up on cultural stereotypes :). Actually, scratch that…try to explain it to another Czech :D.
    As for the wrong names and misplacements… Comparing us to Russia is the best way to get punched in the face, bar none. I get pissed off about that and I’m a pretty calm person. Eastern Europe is fine if you’re willing to listen to a really long lecture on geography, economics, history and sociology. You’d get a lecture about Czechoslovakia too, but it would be much shorter, it’d be history only and it’d be said in a kinder way.
    Chechnya would get you a really cold stare, but I believe most people wouldn’t confuse it. My personal problem with that one is that it was aired on CNN. Isn’t it the same channel that messed up the placement of European countries (I’m pretty sure it wasn’t just Switzerland and Czechia)? Or did I CONFUSE CNN with other “geography experts”?
    I’m not sure what’s up with the cutting in line in the comments. I’m Czech, born and raised in Prague and I’ve never had a problem with that. I mean, some people wait for an opportunity to try, sure, but I’ve kind of been raised to watch out for those and not let them :).

  • Martina Švecová

    Ok, I guess I’m a really weird Czech :). Even though I’m not vegan (I love my steak and eggs and cheese and milk too much), I know a lot of vegan restaurants and I actually eat there sometimes. Also, I don’t drink beer. I barely drink at all. Now try to explain it to a foreigner who is hung up on cultural stereotypes :). Actually, scratch that…try to explain it to another Czech :D.
    As for the wrong names and misplacements… Comparing us to Russia is the best way to get punched in the face, bar none. I get pissed off about that and I’m a pretty calm person. Eastern Europe is fine if you’re willing to listen to a really long lecture on geography, economics, history and sociology. You’d get a lecture about Czechoslovakia too, but it would be much shorter, it’d be history only and it’d be said in a kinder way.
    Chechnya would get you a really cold stare, but I believe most people wouldn’t confuse it. My personal problem with that one is that it was aired on CNN. Isn’t it the same channel that messed up the placement of European countries (I’m pretty sure it wasn’t just Switzerland and Czechia)? Or did I CONFUSE CNN with other “geography experts”?
    I’m not sure what’s up with the cutting in line in the comments. I’m Czech, born and raised in Prague and I’ve never had a problem with that. I mean, some people wait for an opportunity to try, sure, but I’ve kind of been raised to watch out for those and not let them :).

  • Timothy Day

    It is nice that Katka spent some time studying abroad in the Czech Republic where her parents are from but that does not make her “Czech” anymore than it makes an African American “African”. And it certainly doesn’t give her any special hindsight into Czech culture. Hearing stories from mom and dad and visiting once in awhile does not substitute a life spent growing up in a country. I am not Czech. But I have lived in Prague 9 years, and while Katka addresses certain stereotypes, she doesn’t come close to touching the “deeper meaning of it all.” I appreciate her effort to get in touch with her roots and what not, but this article comes across quite shallow in its attempts to explain “what pisses off Czech people”, especially based on her limited time and experience in the country. I have many Czech friends, like Katka, who grew up in America or Canada or South Africa, and Czech people, those who grew up in the country, do not consider these people, like Katka, Czech. By blood – yes; but not in the same sense that they are Czech. In fact, my “Czech Canadian” friends and “Czech South African friends, etc. seem, at least in the beginning of their return to live in Prague, to be struggling to discover how exactly they fit into this society, how it relates to them, how it related to their parents, and how they can connect with the Czech’s who know what it is really like to be Czech growing up under communism, and throughout its transitions into a republic/democracy. Each of them, at one time or another, in their attempts to discover themselves, as “Czechs”, go through this struggle of identification and wanting to know “who they are”. I applaud Katka for these attempts of self discovery and her efforts in trying to identify herself as a Czech, and affecting some sort of understanding as to what “pisses Czech’s off”, but she is not Czech. She did not grow up here and she has not had the same experiences as Czech people living in the Czech Republic. This article cannot be taken seriously in terms of accuracy anymore than an article I write about growing up in Ancient Rome can be – simply for the fact that what I know about ancient Rome, has not been truly lived and experienced. The reason I write this is because, after 9 years experience of living in the Czech Republic, I find much of this information completely erroneous. The cutting in line bit could not be further from the truth and the Chechnya bit is a response to the Boston bombing tweets. And yes, to the European or the well rounded traveler, it is ignorant not to know where The Czech Republic is, however, I have come across many well educated Czech people who have no idea the difference between Iowa and Idaho. Considering I spent this much time writing I think I am going to have a budvar.. or is it budweiser…

    • Mikulas Nemeth

      I thought it was super lame actually..to make it shorter.

    • Nanci Maynard LeMaster

      Enjoyed your take on Katka even though I have not read “How to piss off a Czech” . Interesting

    • Nanci Maynard LeMaster

      Enjoyed your take on Katka even though I have not read “How to piss off a Czech” . Interesting

    • Mirka Murray

      That’s very interesting Timothy because I find Katka’s article very true and also entertaining (I was born during communism and experienced the beginnings of our new society). I think you’re being very ignorant by comparing Czech Republic to Iowa and Idaho. Iowa and Idaho are not countries! They are states within a country. Czech republic has it’s own government and president, currency, language, culture etc. This does not apply to Iowa, Idaho or any other state within the USA. I am pretty sure every Czech person knows where the USA or any other American or European country is.

      • j.m.

        agree

    • Mirka Murray

      That’s very interesting Timothy because I find Katka’s article very true and also entertaining (I was born during communism and experienced the beginnings of our new society). I think you’re being very ignorant by comparing Czech Republic to Iowa and Idaho. Iowa and Idaho are not countries! They are states within a country. Czech republic has it’s own government and president, currency, language, culture etc. This does not apply to Iowa, Idaho or any other state within the USA. I am pretty sure every Czech person knows where the USA or any other American or European country is.

    • Mirka Murray

      That’s very interesting Timothy because I find Katka’s article very true and also entertaining (I was born during communism and experienced the beginnings of our new society). I think you’re being very ignorant by comparing Czech Republic to Iowa and Idaho. Iowa and Idaho are not countries! They are states within a country. Czech republic has it’s own government and president, currency, language, culture etc. This does not apply to Iowa, Idaho or any other state within the USA. I am pretty sure every Czech person knows where the USA or any other American or European country is.

    • Luťo Petríček

      As native Slovak i can say that we have much more in common that just history… No one will be touched by call him Czechoslovak… Maybe her parents would… There’s some tense during world championship in ice hockey but that’s just because they’re scared of us :D

      • Daniel Veltrusky

        No! You are scared of us! But man, I have to agree, we are not touched by calling Czechoslovakians. :)

    • ParisKat

      Timothy – firstly, please, it’s a tongue in cheek article. The author had
      picked out a few Czech idiosyncrasies she had noticed, which were true for her
      in terms of her own experience.

      Secondly, at no point does the author claim to be ‘Czech’. Claiming to be a nationality and identifying
      with it closely, as the author admits, are two different things. Based on her heritage
      – growing up with Czechs I her family, surely gives her some insider knowledge
      of the culture and history. Yes, it’s great that you’ve lived in Prague as well
      and I’m sure you understand a lot about Czech culture, but, sorry, Katka has
      come to the Czech Republic with some kind of cultural understanding in the
      basis of her heritage. It’s ignorant of you to dismiss that as nothing.

      You claim that because Katka did not grow up in the Czech Republic
      (‘she did not grow up here and she has not had the same
      experiences as Czech people living in the Czech Republic.) that her article cannot be taken any more seriously
      than one you might write about ancient Rome because you have not lived there(obviously).
      So basis on this argument does this that
      mean you dismiss all historical
      studies of Rome and indeed any other historical period merely because the author
      has not lived there and ‘grown up there’ as you write ? This is the premise of
      your argument when it is broken down and it’s pretty feeble.

      Overall, please – it was a bit of humour and fun and didn’t require
      this sort of fastidious , anal quibbling as to whether Katka is entitled to
      make some generalisations about Czechs.

    • Helenka

      Timothy, I think you have no right to say she’s not Czech. You don’t know her and if she feels Czech, she’s Czech. You don’t have to grow up in a country to feel a certain way. Half the Mexicans living in the US think they are Mexican, not American. Are you really the right person to judge them? I think it’s a joke article and some of the points are quite funny & true. Don’t take it too seriously :-)

  • Michal Špondr

    I don’t give a fuck about all those reasons. :D

    • Dickhouse

      cause you are an idiot

      • czechdude

        like he gives a fuck :D

  • Martin Havelka

    Oh please, no need to exaggerate here.
    No one will punch you in the face for saying you like czechoslovakian hockey (you might as well be referring to the FAMOUS era of the two teams playing together, or) you’ll more likely be laughed at for your ignorance.
    Also, you can have ANY BEER YOU LIKE and I won’t get offended (just stay away from Gambrinus for your own good:) – microbreweries are the real thing).

    And please don’t think men are talking about football after having drunk 16 beers. We dance, yell, sing, fall down, hug, punch each other, attempt to destroy at least some of the amenities… just like any other drunk man! Too much of a male insight wannabe here… otherwise it’s a fine article, just don’t dramatise things, that’s exactly how stereotypes form – the ones you hate!

  • Martin Havelka

    Oh please, no need to exaggerate here.
    No one will punch you in the face for saying you like czechoslovakian hockey (you might as well be referring to the FAMOUS era of the two teams playing together, or) you’ll more likely be laughed at for your ignorance.
    Also, you can have ANY BEER YOU LIKE and I won’t get offended (just stay away from Gambrinus for your own good:) – microbreweries are the real thing).

    And please don’t think men are talking about football after having drunk 16 beers. We dance, yell, sing, fall down, hug, punch each other, attempt to destroy at least some of the amenities… just like any other drunk man! Too much of a male insight wannabe here… otherwise it’s a fine article, just don’t dramatise things, that’s exactly how stereotypes form – the ones you hate!

  • Denisa Cuttance Bartosova

    Amen!!

  • Richard Kudláček

    Any of those things would actually make me laugh my ass off. Any of those, but that Budweiser point…. GrrrrrrrrrAH! :DD

    P.S. What would make each Czech seriously death-pissed is a note of his/her body smell. Some members (approx. 2/3) of our nation still don’t bother to shower more than couple of times a week, not even mentioning any remark of, at least slight, use of antiperspirants or anything that would cover that bloody omnipresent smell of sweat, each time you happen to come anywhere crowdy, or get to a physically close distance to another Czech. And guess what? They still got pissed by pointing that out. And what makes this even worse, is that nearly everyone here in CR already knows, that this also is the greatest concern that any foreign visitor has. But noone bothers, claiming it’s: “Their (foreigners’) problem”…. How thoughtfull are we!
    Same applies to littering.
    I would suggest to highlight these 2 points in each foreigner’s tourist guide by default, seriously.

    • Vera Turonova

      Sorry dude, but after spending 11 years living in London I can ASURE you, this is definitely not an issue in Czech as much as it’s over there…

  • Jim Willetts

    Prague was communist, Vieena was free. Basic history :-) You don’t call Western countries only those West of the Greenwich Meridian.

    • Lenka Fisher

      Haha good article :-)

    • Milan Vlcek

      hehe :-)

    • Milan Vlcek

      hehe :-)

    • Milan Vlcek

      hehe :-)

    • Milan Vlcek

      hehe :-)

    • Milan Vlcek

      hehe :-)

    • Milan Vlcek

      hehe :-)

    • Thomas Zahn

      So what makes us happy?

    • Thomas Zahn

      So what makes us happy?

    • Kristyna Bar

      True and I understand this point of view. And the trouble is that the attitude among Czech is sometimes more Eastern than Western. Sadly. Still I don’t like to be called Eastern European… But to be compared to Russia is much worst.

      • MG

        I Am Northwestern :) and i don’t Give a fuck, Czech people have a cold blood, not like me i will burn the fucking place if some one fucks with me … and that how it should be Czech friends ! don’t talk behind, do it or try dying lol

      • Baalzvuv

        Why is it worst, Kristyna?.. I’m Russian btw and awaiting your reply!

    • Katerina Falk

      you suck … learn your geography and get history in perspective! 1000 years part (or even leading at times) Germany and Austria compared to some 40 years of unwanted Communism when the US sold us to Russia in 1945 makes us East European?

      • Dickhouse

        Yes

        • Ondra

          And I think the US are in the Middle America because they are surely not that far to the north like Canada

    • czechdude

      Its about perspective. Czech is way further to the west from GM than USA. :)

  • John King

    speaking as an Irishman.. you guys cant drink for s**t! :D Dobre rano!

  • John King

    speaking as an Irishman.. you guys cant drink for s**t! :D Dobre rano!

    • Martin Zeman

      Oh, It’s on !! We totally need to have drinking as an olympic sport. That would settle it.

      • MG

        What about smoking ? Lots of Czech people smoke, but when i come i see none :) ? plus they don’t even how to roll a proper joint, all they can do is use the pipe, or make a cheap skinny ass join which i can finish in one puff ..

    • John King

      so like a decathlon! ;-)

    • Vojtěch Mortis Ptáček

      Maybe it could be quite good idea. We should invite some people not just from CR and Ireland but maybe from Russia, Scotland, Germany and some other countires od tough drinkers and make some discipplines. Beer, Vodka, Whiskey… :-D

      • MG

        Guys! Czech people don’t drink hard alcohol, i have a small belly cannot have 12 beers, but make it shots and we see who wins :) i am not even from Europe Irishman ?

    • John King

      Guinness and Meat Pie eating!!! ;-)

    • czechdude

      well, we’re usaually not s**tfaced by 10pm and fightin ;)
      Oh god i really miss pint of guiness, slainte

    • plevel

      lol stop drinking with pussies in Prague and come here to the other side of the country :D

  • Opinion

    They don’t like when people call them Czechoslovakia but they still hate Russians, although it has gone by the same period of time. Hmmm …. Czech double standards. Come on! Respect yourself and stop bitching about every single little thing.

    • Andrea

      We do not hate them. I would say we just do not like to be associated with them Russians. We were never part of USSR (CCCP) so there comes the anti-Russian-ism…

      • opinion

        Unfortunately you were. You were a soviet colony. The USSR gave you a lot of money for your loyalty. As a czech proverb says kam vítr, tam plášť. or who gives us money, is our boss. Now the Czech Republic licks an American ass

        • Know your sh*t

          We were behind iron curtain, but not part of soviet union. Year 1968 can tell what a loyal colony we were, a**hole. Czechoslovakia was top 10 economy state, we payed them, unwillingly. They gained money first, from our rich, then, after currency reform, they gained most of everyones money. They also get our companies. For next 40 years they hardly do anything to return at least half of it. Also all their A-arsenal was made from our uranium, they stoled, because we are richest uranium country in Europe. Can you name anything we gain ?
          Also nobody here hate Russians, but still we have strong skepticism against them, as do people ALL AROUND THE GLOBE, because their ruling and powerful people did not changed, nor did their goals… just look at Putin, for gods sake !

          • Phil

            Well, I would say Russians have more reasons to dislike Czechs, one of them is a simple fact that Czechs produced ~30% of all German weapons in WWII, that was used to kill ordinary Russian people, and also massively joined German army, with Czechs being honorable N4 – over 40k in total (straight after Germans, Hungarians, Romanians) in the list of POWs taken by Red Army.

          • M

            WTF? Need a history lesson I guess… Well as we were occupied by Third Reich it was difficult for one of the most industrialized countries in the world not to produce weapons for them (fact is we had a long tradition of weapon manufacturing). And it is Britain and France who is mostly responsible. (does 1938 ring a bell?) Czech (or better Protectorate) army (well about 4k men) has never seen a combat and right before planned desertion to allies in Italy were Protectorate soldiers stripped of weapons and sent back. As for Soviet POW those were mostly Slovaks from Slovak (fascist) state army and most of them were simply deserters who later joined Soviets. The core of Czechoslovakian army in the USSR was made of Czechoslovakian POW who fought with Polish army and later were captured by advancing Red army and were sent to Siberia.

          • Jura Knotek Sulovský

            Rly ?? that was czech problem ? we wanted to make the weapons ?? oh cmon man….just use the thing on your neck for god sake

          • VP

            OMG!!!!!! Such a stupid comment, you should be ashamed….

          • CzechChick

            You’re a fucking idiot. Yes, Czechoslovakia was producing the superior weaponry prior to WW2 and it would have been used by the Allies if they hadn’t handed Czech over to Hitler in the Munich Agreement. Didn’t leave much choice.
            Post WW2, Czechoslovakia ended up in the zone that was freed by the soviet armies. Everything was fine and dandy until 1968 when the Russians came to occupy. So explain again why Russians have more reasons to dislike Czechs? You clearly have no fucking clue what you’re talking about, but perhaps you might troll something amusing.

          • Helkie

            Also, the Czechs did not seem to know or understand when WWII ended. My father spent a year in a POW camp in whatever the Czech Republic was called right after WWII ended. He had been drafted into the Waffen SS (against his will) and was sent there to help fight the Russians. In the spring of 1945, at the end of WWII, Czechs were welcoming Russian troops with open arms (and roses from the ladies, who climbed up on their tanks) because they thought the Russians would help them oust the Nazis, who had taken over more of the Czech lands than had been agreed upon earlier. When the war ended, Czechs were welcoming the Russians and they went out of their way to torment/torture/kill/enslave any German-affiliated troops who were still there, even if they were trying to make their way home, peacefully, to other parts of Europe. My dad wrote about his experiences during that period of his life, and his memoir was published in an Estonian-Canadian newspaper (and also saved in the database of an Estonian university). He saw atrocities unfold before his own eyes, which never should have happened after the war ended. However, in parts of the Czech areas, folks there still treated people from the opposing side like enemies on the front line, even after the war had “supposedly” ended. If the Czechs got tired of the Russians, I can’t blame them, but they need to remember that they were the ones who welcomed them into their country in the first place.

          • Baalzvuv

            I looked at Putin, and..? Look at Zeman, or Sobotka, or yourself if you absolutely have to. Those mysterious “they” who gained money from your rich were not your own communist leaders? You think they sent money to Moscow? And what do you know about Russian goals anyway? To conquer you?!) You were never a colony (a Russian colony anyway), but a zone of influence, see the difference. Nobody in Russia thought you are a 16th republic.

        • martin

          I hope, people in across planet haven’t got same opinion as you do because you aren’t right at all.

          • Lucie

            Exactly. One of the countries with the saddest story from the time of WW2nd and he’S saying we were helping. Oh man

        • Iva

          Absolutely agree with that.Czechs have no pride ,always have to look up to someone,now its the USA.What I don’t get is that why so many Czechs,I am not saying all of them,y’all!, hate Americans…?Is it another czech national feature-jealousy???

          • Jane

            I don’t think Czechs hate Americans :-) At least I don’t know any. And I don’t know even anyone who is jealous, too. Jealous about what, anyway???

          • Ondra

            Again somebody who is telling us what we had to do at the beginning of the WW2 without any knowledge of the history. Forget about your fancy couch, take a map and try to imagine a situation where you are exhorted by France and GB (your former allies) to surrender a big part of your country to Germany. Imagine that if you do not do that you will be named a traitor who does not want a peaceful agreement with Germany and wants to begin a war. Additionally to that you are surrounded by a huge army coming from Germany, Austria and Poland with absolutely no chance to resist. If you fight you can be one thing sure – all your soldiers die. Any words about pride are ridiculous, because on the other side you have the responsibility for the death of thousands of your men.

            We do not need to look up to someone, the people just do not like the aggressive American culture as much as they did not like the Russian.

          • Jan

            With this statement it is just offending of our national pride :D When someone with almost no history (compared to central european countries, no offense) is saying, that country, even when totally abandoned by its allies (WWII) fought for it´s independence(Czech RAF squadrons, French Foreign Legion full of czech soliders…), has no national pride. When I look in history books, I see a shitload of national pride, and I am also proud to be Czech, and if you ask any of Czech citizens, if they´re proud to be Czech, their answer would be the same. We just don´t need to say everybody thet we´re proud (like American bigmouths do) we just act proud ;)

          • Julie

            It’s not just Czechs that hate them. I live in NZ and the government makes deals with USA, prime minister goes playing golf with Obama, yet probably a majority of NZers dislike Americans. I think it’s partially the constant stories of ignorance and idiocy (which is probably not entirely representative of the whole of USA), coupled with war-waging and superior attitude. I think.

        • Vojen Smíšek

          Haha, I always love when someone who doesn’t even know where is Czech Republic situated on the map of Europe try to lecture native Czechs about their history and culture. C’mon!

        • Karel Chazmrokar

          you are absolutely wrong,. We were NEVER part of USSR (Soviet Union). it consisted of 15 republic, none of them was then Czechoslovakia. Neither Poland, eastern Germany, Jugoslavia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, neither is Cuba, North Korea, Vietnam and so on. You are mistaken, or ignorant. same nonsense as saying Canada is part of USA.

        • Ondřej

          Come on…where did you find out about getting money from USSR? Do you know that we were called Russia uranium Colondike.. Just now (I think about 2 months) CZ received the last payment of USSR national depth.. so how you can say we were getting money? Also most of CSSR electronic and machinery+cars+motorbikes industry development was ordered to be stopped because USSR wanted to sell their gods.. So just please, read more. It’s true about that we are in NATO.. But also US sucks… the do the same as USSR.. They ordered to stop the sales of radars, that can detect their Stelth air plains from the position of power. I have both Russian and American friends. It always have two sides… and the communism is not good. From 100 people was 30% doing nothing in a job and received the same money as the working people. By the way, communists change the Czechoslovakian national law due the Eye lenses inventor, because otherwise he will have more money then the president..and they sold the patent for shit.

          And at the end, CZ and probably also SK young people doesn’t care about where you are from. If you are good, pleasant and not too bigmouth and Iwaseverywhereandknoweverything, they will always accept you and can become your friends.

        • halooo

          No, Czech Republic doesn’t lick American ass. You mistakened it with Poland idiot.

        • Weles

          We didnt take money from USSR. In fact, Russia took money from us and up until recently they were paying one of their debts. We were the most developed country in the eastern block. So why did we went with Soviets? Because USSR had tanks and nukes and our so called allies sold us out to Stalin, as they sold us to Hitler before the WW2 for peace that never happened. Yay for the UK and France!

          • Baalzvuv

            You were not the most developed, former Yugoslavia was. Russians owe you smth, or need you for smth except geopolitics?!
            In WWI 60000 czech soldiers
            betrayed their allies, laid down arms and joined Russians. Till early
            20s they were fighting in Russian civil war on the side of White army,
            against bolsheviks. At one point they guarded the train of commander in
            chief admiral Kolchak, that as well carried the reserve of gold of R.
            empire (one of the biggest in the world) to the far east. Czech
            legioners handed Kolchak in the hands of Reds (who shut him right away
            at some lake) and were payed by bolsheviks with part of that gold. It is
            said that Legionbank was established in CR with that money. Communists
            are not the same with Russians! You had your own communist shxt, you
            still have it, stop blaming Russians for everything. Dubchek was
            approved by Moscow, but your previous leaders plus Germans, Hungarians,
            Polish, even Romanians went back & forth to Moscow convincing
            Russians of danger that comes from your wind of changes. Russians didn’t
            give a damn at that point. And Dubchek had to play better and show the
            loyalty and understanding of what turning East could have meant for
            Russians in military sense, as war wounds were still fresh, and if not
            for USSR you wouldn’t be existing at all. Your country was barely touched by war compared to others, even despite the fact that all started here in 1938.

          • ty vole

            You don’t know nothing about historical background of that. In WW1 we were part of Austria-Hungary. Do you her Czech in the name of this federation? No.We were the richest part of empire, we were fighting for austria for centuries and we didn¨t got anything from them. We wanted to be independent. That is why our soldiers laid down their arms and joined the russians, but also there was legions in France and Italy. You said 60000? About 1000000 czech soldiers fought for Austria-Hungary till the end. In every czech village is a monument with names of men fallen in WW1. And civil war in Russia? We didn’t want to fight here at all. We wanted to go home, to our new Czechoslovakia. But it was thousand of kilometres of distance. Western allies hoped that legions can suppress the revolution in the beginning

          • Baalzvuv

            I knew all that, except Czech being the richest part of the empire and 1mln soldiers. But this is not what my post is about, isn’t it?.. The betrayal, the gold..? Yes, of course, they didn’t want to take part in the civil war, they got caught in that turmoil, but they did wanted very much Russians to keep fighting against Germany & Austria (Masarik stayed in Russia for one year exactly for this purpose). Czech legion was formally under Antanta commandment supporting the previous Russian government whom they had all the agreements with, then they signed neutrality with reds, after a while they started fighting reds again, and finally betrayed the whites trading Russian commander in chief for penize, because yes, the most important thing for them was to get home, and not with empty hands! It is complicated, I’m not judging after all, but it smells. So now every time you cry about the invasion of 1968 I want you to remember the stinky role you played in keeping communists in power back then in 1920.

          • ty vole

            Czechoslovak Legions fought against communist forces longer than any other western armies intervening in Russia…they traded gold treasure and defeated general without army for going home. Can you blame them? what can they do? 60000 in multimilion country? Without foreign support? For in that moment lost cause? For your information they were formed in times of menshevik republic not in communist times. After communist signed peace with germany they agreed with them to leave the country through Vladivostok and join Allies on the western front. After Leon Trotsky give orders to take weapons from them, against the agreement, they rebelled and started fighting. They just wanted to survive. And by the way do you now why communist shot tzar in Yekaterinburg (17/6/1918)?? Because the white army was coming. In that case white army was Czechoslovaks. Fighting for a cause that was not theirs. In times where Entente recognized Czechoslovakia as allied power (31/5/1918).
            Read something on wikipedia (English one!! articles – Russian civil war, Czechoslovak Legions, Allied intervention in Russia). No other foreign power done more to stop communists in Russia in 1918-1920

          • Baalzvuv

            Sorry for the long post. Admiral with troops and train of gold is not a defeated admiral. Besides at that time he was a Supreme Ruler of Russia. Yes, he lost cities and his troops fled eastward. But Vladivostok and far east, where CL was aiming, was still “clean” and controlled by Japanies, and the civil war there was over only two years later. To give Kolchak and his staff officers in the hands of cruel enemies to sure death cannot be called anything but shameful betrayal and trade in exchange for material resources, as they’ve received part of the gold as well. The responsible for this act were French general Janen (not present there) and Czech general Jan Syrovy. Indicative was his further destiny – he became a defense minister & prime minister of Czechoslovakia in September 1938, during the annexation of Sudeten and Munich crises. Back then in 1920 he was called on the duel by Russian and even Polish officers, but never raised a thrown him glove. Here is what a Polish captain Jasinski-Stohurek wrote to him on February 5, 1920 in an open letter (I’m not a slavophile as he was): “As captain of the Polish troops, slavophile, dedicated his life to the idea of ​​unity of the Slavs – I address you personally, General, with heavy for me as Slav accusations. I, as an official participant of negotiations with you on a direct line from station Klukveno, demand your answer, and bring to the attention of your soldiers and the whole world the shameful betrayal that lie an indelible stain on your conscience and your “brand new” Czechoslovak uniform. You are sorely mistaken, General, if you think that you, an executer of Slavs, who with his own hands buried in the snow and the prisons of Siberia the returning Russian-Slavic army – suffering Russian officers, 5th Polish division and Serb regiment and shamefully betrayed Kolchak – will leave Siberia with impunity. No, General, Army died, but Slavic Russia, Poland and Serbia will live forever and curse Slavic revival killer case. I demand from you, General, the response for our women and children, committed by you to the public use of “comrades”, leaving aside the facts of the extradition on stations Tulun, Zima, Polovino and Irkutsk of Russian officers, in front of my eyes friendly transferred by agreement with you for the execution into the hands of comrades of sovdepsko-socialist Russia. But for all of them, tortured and executed, certainly, my brothers Slavs and Russians will demand a response. I personally, General, require you to answer, only for us Poles. As a Pole, an officer and a Slav, I address you: On the Stand, General! Let the spirit of the Slavs decide our dispute – otherwise, General, I call you a coward and a villain worthy of being killed in the back.” So, the question stays, whether the promise and the given trust could be traded for the self interest. Your answer is could, mine – I hope I will never come across this situation in my life. But once again, it was not a question of life and death for CL, they would cross the border anyway, Irkutsk was not red yet, they’ve just got tired. Russia had nothing to gain or to loose in WWI, it entered it for the allies. As a result someone got independence, and others – socialist revolution, and everybody got WWII. And now people write that they would be rather saved by Americans than by Russians. That’s life. I’m just really tired of you (not personally) weeping about 1968. Communism was a Russian tragedy hundred times more, you’ve only tasted it. Russians forgave Germans for the unforgivable. But you seem to enjoy this relishing of what was done to you by everybody, you, such a сute little nation being played by monsters. Well, guess what, you’ve done things too.

          • Helkie

            Something in what you said doesn’t make sense to me. Why would you go with the Soviets when your so-called allies sold you out to Stalin???? The Soviets and Stalin are one and the same. I think the people in the Czech areas were caught between a rock and a hard place, so to speak, much the same as many people in various European countries (e.g., in my parents’ case, in Estonia, they were being overrun by both the Germans and the Russians, in fairly close time proximity). During these war times, people in smaller nations must have had very difficult decisions to make, about what path to follow. Some stayed and fought (and died), others left their countries, and left their loved ones behind. It was a difficult period in history and some of us who are the children of survivors of that time period, have spent decades listening to our parents tell or spill out their stories in bits and pieces. My father spent some time in an awful situation, imprisoned in Czechoslovakia (not sure if it was called that at the time) soon after WWII ended, and the moments he “enjoyed” the most (if you can call them that) were when he was allowed to work with horses that the Czechs were rounding up, which had been left behind by the Germans. My dad was thankful that he was able to work with the horses, because at least the horses showed some thanks for the care my dad and others who worked with them gave them. This was in great contrast to some of the Czech people my dad encountered who threw stones at them, as they crossed the city they were in to get from the camp to where the horses were. This school year, I told my students about how my dad escaped from his imprisonment in Czechoslovakia, from an illegal prison which should not have been in place after WWII. I am so proud of my dad, and about how he methodically planned his escape and managed to take another Estonian soldier with him, and make their way to Germany and “freedom”. It took a lot of planning on his part and map-reading skills, and trust on the part of his Czech hosts/”enslavers” to let him make more forays on his own into the countryside to deliver their goods. My dad and his compatriot were able to ride “borrowed” (probably stolen) bikes from Czechoslovakia to Germany with only a loaf of bread and a bit of salt in their pockets. This trip took them several days, with many forays through mountainous areas which were difficult to ride through. However, in the end, my dad and his companion escaped from their misery in Czechoslovakia, and made it to some other miserable displaced persons camp in Germany, before making their way via several other countries to Canada, finally. I have read about such escapades in books, but I am still amazed that my own parents went through this stuff!

        • Jan Vlach

          Yes the ship called Independent Czechoslovakia long gone. At least since 1938. Yes, we got quite a lot of money from Russia, but we exported there also. And boy, we did that for cheap. Even so, great Russia owe us quite a lot of money after our breakup. And we are once again looking up to others, Germans, British and Americans alike. And we should not. We should look more at Canadians, Australians, Nordic nations and those alike. There is lot more to draw inspiration form them, especially in a way they care about others, work, innovate, learn. And we will. The process may be long, but we will get there.

        • j.m.

          WE WERE NOT!!

    • Krt

      Where’s the double standards, fool? Russians were an invasive power, and Czechoslovakia is now a non-existent country. So, there’s no connection between the two.

    • Weles

      We do not mind beeing asociated with Czechoslovakia, its just that it does not exist anymore, so calling us Czechoslovakians is not acurate anymore, so we feel the urge to correct you. Try tell Scotsman he’s English.

    • plevel

      the only reason why would I hate russians is that when they play any game on any server they still spam their shit in azbuka and think you understand (even after everyone tells them to speak fucking english)

      • opinion

        because speaking english is for small countries which can’t be understood abroad. russia has the greatest language and russians don’t need to speak any other foreign laguage because they speak the world languge and they use it everywhere in the world

    • Eva

      I am a native Czech. I was born before the Velvet Revolution (even though life a child was pretty good during the Communists, I would NEVER EVER wish for them to gain power again, EVER),I remember the Communist era vaguely. I’m currently living in the UK, but I am a huge patriot and PROUD to be Czech and PROUD to be associated with my beloved Czech Republic and don’t mind at all to be called Czechoslovakian or whatever, sometimes you just gotta live and let live, but we are indeed Central Europeans, not Eastern Europeans (and I do correct everybody about that fact) and even though one of my best friends is Russian, us Czechs do not particularly warm towards Russians in general or Russia (as Putin is just another Stalin if you ask me and democracy is absolutely non existent there – poor Russians) , I would not say we hate them, and we learned Russian language at school (and it is a major world language – that is true) and I can read Cyrillic which is actually quite handy sometimes (if not to impress friends!;-)) , but – we were indeed OCCUPIED by the Russians not part of their colony – you are mad to say that.(below) that’s ridiculous! they came with bloody tanks and soldiers in 1968 when after about 20 years the people of Czechoslowakia have had enough of Communists and wanted democracy – Russians imposed their regime on us and we had no choice just like we had no choice during the WW2 when then President Hacha had to surrender – and in a way I’m glad he did as I’d not like to see Prague Castle or the beautiful Charles Bridge bombed and destroyed – and yes – we were betrayed by the ‘WEST”- as on many previous occasions…
      I feel sorry for us looking at our sad history but there are many countries suffering from injustice even now in the 21st Century (esp many African countries) so one has to put all this in perspective… Its sad, but its a history lesson, a history lesson which you seem to have missed at school – looking at your stupid comments.
      …you surely found a way to Piss off a Czech there!.. ;-)
      ..and I agree with ‘Know your shit’s comments below wholeheartedly.

  • Jiří Huf

    Except for jumping queues, nothing is true in the list… still funny, though:).
    … and I am a Czech actually living in the Czech Republic.

  • jo, píšu to česky.

    Co to tu píšete za sračky, kdejakej američan je na tom stokrát hůř a vy se začnete navážet do Čechů? Pěkný, no..

  • Shawn Cox

    I am an American born and raised and still living in Kentucky so thats about as far from CR as you can get…but I just started dating a Czech girl and this may prove pretty handy to help “international relations” Thanks for the smile (and the tips) Have a greaty day!

    • Dickhouse

      Be careful there. My friends had same experience, they avoid dating czechs now. They don’t know some words like “faithfulness”. What can you expect from atheist spirit though

      • Ohrej

        Nomen omen, isn’t it DICKhouse. I wonder what Czechs has done to you … guess some evil Czech girl has dumped you when she realizes how small (personality…. not you penis) you really are :). What can you expect from Christian spirit though.

  • Mike Veselka

    So the US is getting so F’d up we’re thinking about visiting the Czech Rep and might even consider moving back. We’ve been gone a 100 years. Would we be welcomed? We lost all contact with our relatives after 68 “F U Russian bastards”. We’re still pure blooded Czech but naturally being in America so long were out of touch with our modern people. Any thoughts?

    • imnotx

      I don’t know, I think nobody will give a damn if you move to the Czech Republic or not.

      But I think that your your expression of being “pure blooded Czech” is what makes you a foreigner, because a Czech would never say so. The European concept of a nation is different from yours, more cultural, not blood-based.

      Even the expression of somebody being pure blooded Czech is funny, because Czech DNA is very mixed with other nations around Czech Republic.

  • Daniela

    I don’t understand. Czech people loved and continue to love to be evil and racist to Roma people and they have the laxest anti-discrimination laws in Europe. I have known a slew of Czechs, here (US) and there and all are the most dishonest, lazy people I have ever known and highly racist (they love Paula Dean after her n-word slurr). Sorry, they deserve being pissed off. The degree to which they want to get free welfare and not work and get handouts makes them WORSE and not as wise as any Russians I know.

    • Old Ant

      dear Daniela, you know nothing about how Roma people act here. They have ALL rights as white peole they are just totally abusing this system and let working people care about them. they are lazy and agressive. so please go say hi to your russian friends or come here and I can show you some nice places owned by Roma

    • czechdude

      We’re evil, mean and abusive to all parasitic assholes, no race preffered. Still somehow Romas take it personal. Not our problem it’s affecting some ethnics more than the other (think about reasons).

  • Chris M

    Whats problem with being compared to Russians??.Czechs are Slavs and all Slavs came from Russia and same tribe.
    In 900 years Czechs had one problem with Russians (communist period).The western neighbours have been a LOT worse!!!!!

  • drova

    For me czech ppl are gypsies !!! were there for a few weeks..and hate their country and stupid nation..

    • czechdude

      and now u r cursed… u and your whole family gonna die of bloody diarrhea caused by interfamilial breeding :D

    • krt

      Which ARYAN nation are you from, then?
      ps. I’m not Czech, just curious

    • Eva

      Czech people gypsies? well, it’s Roma for one and furthermore – where are you from that you are so so perfect? I bet your shit smells of roses too???

  • Iva

    I am sorry to inform you about that,but you are Eastern Europeans.Its not about the geography but more like culture,history,manners,etc. And with all that Czech republic belong to the Eastern Europe with other countries like Slovakia,Poland,Russia,…I know you don’t want to hear that but its true.We are (I was born there,too :-) very far from belonging to the developed western countries and I am not talking economy here but mostly about people,how they behave,treat each other,way of thinking,….

    • Iva

      Author of this post:Forgot to mention I am naturalized American,born in Czech Republic and I would never ever go back to live there.Its beautiful country with lots of history and culture,good food and beer but I just don’t get those people there…most of them…good Sunday from D.C.

  • Stepan

    Refer to our country as “Czechoslovakia”: seriously, anywhere beyond Poland, Germany, Austria and Eastern Europe Czech Republic is an unknown term (try using it in France :-)). So Czechoslovakia works just fine, not to mention there is no single word name of the country.

    We don’t know how to read Cyrillic writing: I´m 38 and I do. It´s still useful to be able to read in the Balkan countries.

  • Ela

    I’m Czech and love this article! Thank you, it’s great :)

  • dj swordz

    The funniest fact in the world in my opinion was when (me as a Belgian guy) I was confronted in Prague with Czech people saying we have the best beer in the world. I agree that the Czech beer isn’t the worst beer in the world but clearly those people haven’t been to Belgium, read the beer bible and checked the facts ;) besides that I’m really really lucky and happy to be back in Belgium working for a salary more than 3x as high as I had in Prague :) nah don’t wanna upset you… thanks to my wonderful experience in Prague I got a more respected position back home so in the end I’m really thankful that I was invited to be a guest in your country!! cheers ;)

  • Syryn

    You people you will pay once monkeys will be in charge!!!!

  • MURDA

    I’ve lived in Prague for a little over a year now, respectively not that long at all. However the first thing on this list is something that Czech people do ALL THE GOD DAMNED TIME. It’s infuriating. So maybe take that one off this list and put it on the list of things to do if you’re a complete and utter fucktard.

  • Audrey

    Why my post was deleted??You didn’t like what I had to say? Freedom of speech,stupid czechs!!!

    • wow

      …only that this wasn’t a Czech’s job you idiot

  • kernel

    Czechs are the biggest legal drugs users on the World.
    According WHO we really have the biggest alcohol consumption on the World so does cancer and heatcare expenses.

  • Please think about it….

    This article is incredibly rude to vegans where it really did not mean to be. “If you have a picky palate, you are basically going to starve, and we won’t have any sympathy for you.” Veganism IS NOT about having a picky palate, it is for ethical reasons. If we are talking about putting palate above all else, that’s what would describe non-vegans, as they don’t want to give up any animal products only because they like the way it tastes, despite the huge issues these industries pose to the environment and cruelty towards animals. Veganism is not about being picky, it is not about following a trend to be cool, so please tone down the mockery and rudeness. “I hope you like salad”. Wow that’s original.

    There were so many other ways you could have included Czech culture and cuisine into this article without having to bash a group of people for their lifestyle. There was no reason to be this rude and prejudiced. Moreover, I have lived in the CZ for more than 15 years and wouldn’t agree with you that being vegan “pisses people off”. Sure, they might disagree with it but to go as far as saying they get pissed off just by meeting a vegan is a bit extreme to say the least. It’s just sad if you genuinely get pissed off because of someone else’s lifestyle choice. Prague now has so many amazing vegan restaurants and they are starting up more and more frequently here. That hardly demonstrates a country where veganism “pisses people off”.

    Overall, I just wanted to say that I felt your article extremely insensitive and very rude when it was completely unnecessary to be so. I understand most people on the planet are not vegan, but please think about how your words have an impact. It’s not an excuse to be disrespectful like this.

  • MG

    One thing i hate about Czechs, is they always ask me first question –> where are you from ?

    so it depends where i am from, or what is my nationality, on how you will treat me ?

    I Tested that, and yes it depends …

    One thing i love about music, when it hits you feel no pain .. leme smoke ma merry i don’t know how did i get here -_-

  • Diddlyidly

    For someone like Katka who has lived here and is half Czech, you sure have a horse blinkered opinion going on. Your first point is already off-putting re: queuing….talk about the pot calling the kettle black!!! I dunno what queues who’ve been standing in, but I’ve lost count how many times I’ve noticed and have experienced being cut across in a queue by a Czech. It’s actually shocking. So, you’re first point, is way off and already, for me anyway, your credibility is shot to sh*t.

    Secondly, you’re mixing up depressed with cynical – there’s a huge difference. I’ve lived here 4 years and haven’t considered Cczech people depressed. I do consider them cynical, primarily because that’s how they have educated / explained themselves to me.

    Eastern Europe – Relax, it could be worse….I dunno how many times people have assumed my origin – water off a ducks back, get over it, as I said, there are worse things.

    Alcoholics – you want to be pretty stupid to assume there is no problem in this country with alocholism – it’s in every country…………………….

    Rip holes in blue jeans – where exactly have you seen this? I mean, where are going in the Czech Republic to acquire this information???

    Compare Czech’s to Russians – you should start hanging out with people who wouldn’t make such amateur mistakes as that. Come on.

    Be a vegan? Eh…..no thanks.

    Refer to the country as Czechoslovakia – this point is probably better raised with the education ministers of countries worldwide…no? Fair enough people make the mistake but is it really something to get pissed off about?? Again, I can think of doing / saying worse things. Chill out.

    Order an Amercian Budweiser – fair point….that’s actually a crime and the penatly should be deportation. Shocking insult. I agree on this point. How stupid.

    Think that all the men are “just a couple of WILD and CRAZY GUYS!” – I never came here expecting that and I’ll leave with my initial opinion confirmed. Again, who is giving you this information??? It’s so strange and not at all in line with mine or anyone I know living here…..
    Absynthe – to be fair, Czech’s like to odd tipple. Everyone like the odd tipple of Absynthe and so what and why not? Again, hardly an opinion that would piss off a Czech.

    Chechnya mix up – I agree, shocking mistake.

    However Katka, all your article has achieved is how you personally would go about pissing off a Czech. Your article is so untrue, that if I was Czech I would be pretty pissed off with you. You make it sound like they’re uptight and moany. Maybe you’re just uptight and moany….go have a shot of absynthe and chill out!!!!

  • Unualtu

    okay … first of all … your language is close to russian, numbers, marital status, gender, family members, etc.
    When it comes to drinking, you drink only beer, if you go gin/vitka/coniac you will be under the table.
    The country might be czech republic for 22 years but but you are czechoslovaks …. you don’t belive me … read your birth certificate … see what it says … only teenagers are czech or slovaks the rest … yeah … the mother country.
    You don’t like it when someone cuts in front of you but you do it to others, but you know how to apologize for it when you get slapped, it’s wrong for others to do it to you but … no worries … people can be educated ;)
    Men do drink alot of beer, you know they can drink it because after 2 days from New Year, the streets where still smelling like puke and alcohol, so yeah … they can fucking drink their beer
    They can’t speak a working english and they have 1000 of double standards, this is why i wrote this comment … but this is how i see it living amongs czechs … and also … not so frendly with deodorant so in the hot days i don’t recommend public transportation.

    But … it’s hard to find better looking women, better beer, some good pork ribs that i enjoy every time … awsome weed / friendly persons even if they will not smile … you can feel their warm souls.

    We all have stuff we don’t like and specially that iritates us regarding stereotypical profiling but fuck … stop it and enjoy life … not criticizing other persons or iritate them !

  • Tim

    Lived in Prague for ten years and Czech people cut in line like it is going out of style. The concept of “queue”is abysmal. You could have also added the hilarious fashion faux pas of wearing socks with sandals and/or the summer stench of B.O. on the trams from the 40+ age group who simply refuse use deodorant. Funny article.

  • Dag

    Anheuser-Busch are now a czech/belgian company, So technicaly all bud is Czech.

  • martina

    i think czech is like the crossroads, the place between eastern and western civilization (and really is partly both, when it comes to “blood”, typical germanic and typical slavic genes are both around 35% (said wiki)) … of course people there are a little shy, because czech is such a small country that was many times occupied by some huge enemy… i think in general czech people are introverted, maybe a little intimidated by people from big countries, but still very nice, drinking but also working hard… but of course, there are some assholes ruining the reputation

  • czech made

    Do you know how to piss a Czech, girl? Just keep writing and sharing bullshit like this article :D. Maybe you meant to be funny, but actually ended up with a load of arrogant insulting stereotypes, not even based on facts most of the time (for instance the crap about jeans, wtf ?!… did your mom tell you this? Or that Czechs never boot after drinking – you’d be very surprised [and yes, many Chechs are alcoholics]. I could go on…). When you write in this “we are”, “we do” sense, do you kno, how stupid you sound? And how old are you, by the way, to write your bold statements about the pre-1989 era?
    Believe me, a few very popular stereotypes about Americans come to mind, when I think of your article, but won’t… and you are American (no matter what you identify yourself with) – face it.

    • http://robert.morrison.name PragueBob

      I am an American living in Prague for more than 20 years, and the first thing that occurred to me when reading the article was, “wait a minute, you are not even Czech, stop saying ‘us’, studying for a while in Prague and having some Czech ancestry does NOT give you any license to claim that you are Czech and to write this stuff from that perspective, most of it is just nonsense anyway.” So I am very glad to see this rebuttal from a local… :-)

      • czech made

        My pleasure, Bob ;)

  • eve

    We lived in Prague with my family for 2 years. We had to move out from our flat because 1 alcoholic Czech was Continuously vomiting in the elevator and even worse that they didn`t want to clean it properly ….so happy that we left the country

    ”Czechs will drink you under the table, but you’ll never see a Czech boot
    (unlike many a weak-stomached visitor) ” sorry I have to laugh

  • Olie Preen

    LMAO!!!!! this is all so fucken true. I live here for like ever…:DDDD and I’m american

  • Arsenia Terremoto Nikolaeva

    Full of ignorant and offensive comments. Do a bit of reading before you start dissing Americans, Russians, Vegans, people with food allergies “If you have a picky palate, you are basically going to starve, and we won’t have any sympathy for you”. What if I can’t have milk, Im allergic “I hope you like salad” is your suggestion. …

    “We don’t wear babushkas”, well guess what Russians don’t wear they grandmas either. With this article you have demonstrated that you are no better than someone thinking you are still part of Czechoslovakia….

    • 123done

      …you realized the poor bitch isn’t actually Czech, have you?

      • Arsenia Terremoto Nikolaeva

        I have but should that matter?! I believe people should be good at what they do. You want to write, be my guest. You want to write about Czechs with a statement like “how to piss of a Czech” and putting words into their mouths…be my guest but do your research first….

  • plevel

    Assume we all love absinthe.
    We don’t even drink it
    _______
    wtf what country are you talking about?

  • Czech princess

    Chechnya? :) America or Albania… Both words begin to A. No problem.. :)

  • Ladislav Mecir

    “Czechs are too busy watching downloaded copies of The Big Bang Theory ” – Since when do you know me?

  • amagdalena

    I laughed out loud-terrific. Just got back from there and also noticed that the locals were not fans of American prison jokes. Also, I agree with Nick Young about the line cutting-awful.

  • DennisonBertram

    Hahaha, well there is a problem with alcholism, but you’re spot on about starving if you’re vegan. You will starve. I’ve tried. :-)

  • Honza

    why the need to defend the Czech culture. this post was writen by a 19 year old hipster girl that wants to prove to somebody that she is czech?

  • Tonda

    Well, as someone who still lives in the country for nearly a decade, and lived in 4 different cities here, and outside of the expat bubble, and 99% of my co-workers, friends and wife’s family is Czech, I tell you one thing that actually pisses Czech people off – talking about them without knowing deeper their reality ;)

  • Guest

    I just think of the CZ as a place where a lot of XXX stuff comes from…

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