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Osm měsíců u nás očima americké asistentky - Month 8 Update Tisk Email

Dobrý den!

It’s hard to believe I’ve been here for 8 months! In the U.S., we say, “April showers bring May flowers,” and I’m so excited to see all of the flowers, nice weather, and new experiences that will come with spring here in the Czech Republic. Since you last heard from me, I’ve had quite a few adventures!


I attended a Fulbright Conference in Humpolec, taught at a “Meet an American Day” at Střední Uměleckoprůmyslová Škola Sklářská in Železný Brod, and had the good fortune to judge at a wine tasting in Valtice, where I also explored the lovely castle in Lednice. It was one of the most unique experiences I’ve ever had -- definitely something special I’ll never forget.

One of the things I’ve most enjoyed this spring was my trip to Ireland, where I helped chaperone our OHS ERASMUS students. It was great to explore a gorgeous new country, spend more time with my mentor PhDr. Eva Špínová, and see the students outside of school and at their jobs -- they are all very professional and so talented! I also took a quick weekend trip to England, where I visited my friend at Oxford. After, she came back to the Czech Republic with me, and found Prague and Bohemian Paradise incredibly beautiful. My mother and brother also came to see me here and they were similarly very impressed. They loved the beer and smažený sýr, as well as our travels to Karlovy Vary, Plzeň, Český Krumlov, Jičín, Prachovské Skály, Panská Skála, Dresden, and Bohemian Switzerland National Park. Both my family and my friend each came to English Club, which was really fun for them and for the students.

For Americans, the Easter Monday tradition in the Czech Republic of going door-to-door, caroling and beating women with willow sticks, and drinking alcohol all morning long is quite a strange (and honestly, somewhat creepy) holiday. I planned to avoid it by hiking up Sněžka, but the tradition was still alive there, even on the top of your country’s highest peak! It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me.

Turnov is really starting to feel like home -- I’ve been so happy to come back here after each of my trips. Thank you to each and every one of you who has made me feel so welcome and part of the community. I feel so grateful for this experience and will be sad to see it come to a close in two short months.

Děkuji, as always! And, good luck to the 4th year students, who are beginning Maturita testing. As we say in the U.S., “Break a leg!”        


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