During an interview for Radio Impuls, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said that the current Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch plans to fill in a different political post after the elections. On the first of November, Adam Vojtěch will take on new responsibilities as the Czech ambassador in Finland. Vojtěch, who was first assigned the post of a minister in 2017, is the longest serving Minister of Health in the history of the Czech Republic. Although he resigned from the resort in September 2020 due to several complications with the covid pandemic and was temporarily replaced with Jan Blatný and Petr Arenberger, he returned to office earlier this year. The Prime Minister commented on the years during which Vojtěch was handling
The remedy: Take a Czech lesson It’s a few nights before school starts in the Czech Republic. My children are sprawled across their beds, breathing soundly. It’s me that can’t sleep. With temperatures at 30C (again), heading back to school on Monday feels surreal. And, I’m not even the one who’ll be sitting in a classroom. – Keep reading on Emily’s blog. Facebook Notice for EU! You need to login to view and post FB Comments!
Life when code-mixing is the norm In our house, it’s common to hear 7-year-old Samuel say, “Mommy, can you zavazovat my tkaničky?” To which I respond, “You want me to help you tie your shoelaces?” “Yep.” He grins. – Keep reading on Emily’s blog. Facebook Notice for EU! You need to login to view and post FB Comments!
& why even a day ski trip can be a treat Getting away for the weekend is one of my family’s favorite things about life in the Czech Republic. Regardless of the season, once Friday afternoon arrives, we love to hit the road. Summer camping trips to Český Ráj (Bohemian Paradise) and rafting trips near Český Krumlov lead into autumn biking weekends in the Moravian wine region, followed by winter ski weekends in the country’s Krkonos, Jizera, Sumava, and Ore Mountains. When spring rolls around, we head to České Švýcarsko (Bohemian Switzerland) to hike again. – Keep reading on Emily’s blog. Facebook Notice for EU! You need to login to view and post FB Comments!
Learning to face the emptiness with grace Sometimes, the best part of a holiday comes after the fireworks have been set off, the Christmas tree has been taken down, and the house is quiet again. Right? – Keep reading on Emily’s blog. Facebook Notice for EU! You need to login to view and post FB Comments!
Exchanging Czech traditions for an American Christmas experience For the past three Christmases (and many before that), my family has become temporary caretakers of a large, bottom-dwelling carp. Although having our Christmas dinner swimming in the bathtub a few days before we serve it on the table seems strange (even for many Czechs), it is one of the Czech holiday traditions my sons adore. – Keep reading on Emily’s blog. Facebook Notice for EU! You need to login to view and post FB Comments!
5 reasons to appreciate life in the Czech Republic (all year long) With Thanksgiving and the arrival of the advent season, my social media pages are packed with posts about gratitude and getting ready for the holidays. – Keep reading on Emily’s blog.
How signing up for a half marathon in Dresden paved the way for an unexpected travel adventure When I registered to run the Dresden half marathon back in the summer, I hadn’t imagined that getting to the starting line would turn into my biggest challenge. I was more worried about whether my knees could handle the 26-kilometer distance. – Keep reading Emily’s blog.
Staying balanced by teaching English After 15 years of teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Prague (with a few gaps for birthing babies), this year I decided to quit. In lieu of teaching, I planned more writing, researching, and proofreading assignments – jobs I could do waiting at sports practices, after I put the children to bed, or in the mornings when they were at school. – Keep reading on Emily’s blog.
Embracing the changing seasonMy hands grip the handlebars while my legs spin. I am heading toward a short (but steep) rocky hill on the wooded trail above the village of Úholičky. I need a burst of power to make it over the roots. When I crest the hill, I will weave my way through scrub bushes and scraggly pine trees before I head deeper into the forest. I can see my breath in the crisp air. It is late September, but there are leaves on the ground. Fall is coming. I pass a runner heading in the opposite direction. Although it is customary to say, “Ahoj,” in the Czech Republic when you greet a fellow biker (runner or boater), this