I'm going on an adventure ... to the Easter Markets in Prague!
|This hand-painted "Easter from the Heart Egg" was given as a symbol of peace and friendship to the city of Prague, its citizens and its tourists by the county of Koprivnica-Krizevci.|
Tomorrow is going to be an exciting day. If all goes well at the immigration office in Prague, Stéphane and I will be official residents of the Czech Republic. Here's hoping that we don't have to impress the officials with any language skills beyond dobrý deň (hello), děkuji (thank you) and na shledanou (goodbye) because those three phrases are all that we've mastered.
The odd thing is that Czech people seem to be convinced that I've got more of their language up my sleeve. I suspect it's because of the way I look. In Paris, French waiters invariably switched to English as soon I said bonjour. In Prague, it's the exact opposite. Last weekend, the waiter turned away from Stéphane, who was ordering in English, and started questioning me in Czech. It was only when a look of panic replaced the smile on my face that he realized that I wasn't any more talented in the native language than Stéphane and switched to English. I'm tempted to wear a t-shirt with the message, "dobrý deň - I promise that's all I've got", at least until I've learned some more Czech.
The other reason that tomorrow is going to be a fun day is because I'm taking the Instagram account of @VisitCZ, the official tourism board for the Czech Republic, to the Easter Markets in Prague. I'll be on a quest for colorful Easter eggs, cakes and sweets, willow whips with colorful ribbons that are used for a somewhat surprising Czech tradition and green beer. Originally, I thought that the green beer had something to do with St. Patrick's day but have recently learned that the beer, which is produced by adding a green herbal liqueur, relates to Maundy Thursday, which is known in Czech as Zelený čtvrtek (Green Thursday).
It's going to be a real adventure!