Czech people seem to be a proud people and hardworking for sure in the center of Europe. This place has been a melting pot of change for centuries, which has added so many influences. These influences have ranged from the far west of England to the far west of Russia and Turkey. I was fortunate enough to walk the streets and spend time in the pubs, and sure, some beers, which is a huge part of being sociable here.
The fact that Czech was able to become its own country and separate from Russia is just the tip of the iceberg! This event is what most people remember this great country for.
Here’s a fun fact I learned while touring the Prague Castle: During medieval times, the kings of Europe literally seceded every country. The kings also took control of the European children and forced the women to marry the ruling patriarchs. There is a memoir that shows how all the ruling families with ties to this area are connected.
Czech has created an urgency for those in the country to learn English. Learning English is now a central focus in the schools. My friend Melissa was an English teacher, and the students in her classes truly took advantage of the central positioning of this country. They learn multiple languages and experience many other cultures, as was strongly encouraged.
Czech has a unique policy of employment. The employment policy is very different than American policies. The Czech employ its citizens first, for any available jobs. Then open any other job opportunities to foreigners. This not to say they do not have a lot of foreigners working there, because they do, but it is offered up differently. Interestingly, even though the jobs were offered to Czech citizens first, the many shops, bars, clubs, and restaurants were owned by outsiders. If you happen to find a few that are not own by outsiders, pay them a visit.
The country’s religion has switched back and forth over the centuries. At one point, the main religion was Protestant and then Catholic. There are many medieval churches in Europe, and they are beautiful. But on Sundays, these beautiful churches stand empty, only to be used as a backdrop for a tourist selfie or the focal point of a beautiful photograph. These churches have become works of art and no longer places of worship. I took a moment to ask one of the locals in a small village outside of Prague why there was a lack of churches. He told me that the Czech people were confused about religion and tired of all the switching back and forth over the centuries. The majority of the Czech people prefer atheism. I can understand the confusion part, but does change negate God holistically?
Music and art have been influenced by the American culture in Czech. During my travels in Czech, the early 2000s and back seemed to be the preferred musical era. There is some mainstream artist that rule the day as well.
There is artwork everywhere in Czech. The buildings are decorated with artwork from different time periods and the influences of every ruling class and nation that has had their hands in the great country. An early morning or late-night walk will allow for an appreciation for what most don’t focus on during the day and how lovely this city flows.
The river has become a nice gathering spot with fresh and local marketeers flooding the Riverwalk. The walk to the river is worth the early morning rise and is a must-see experience when visiting the city.