Public Parks that Allow BBQs!

It’s warming up outside and a lot of people are itching to go outside and have a picnic or have a BBQ. But did you know that grilling in parks is mostly illegal? The police can come and fine you and you won’t be able to bribe them with your sausages or burgers.

So where exactly can you BBQ legally?

http://blog.foreigners.cz/bbq-legally/

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Exploring the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is not as small as you think and Prague isn’t the only cool place to see. If you’ve never been outside of Prague then I recommend checking out the other big cities first.

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May 1st Lovers Day

While Valentine’s Day is relatively new to the Czech Republic, globally more and more people against celebrating the overly-commercialized holiday. Czechs have a better way to celebrate love and the history of its development is quite amazing too. On May 1st you will find many couples taking walks through the park and kissing under blooming trees – they aren’t just posing for a romantic photograph or practicing for their wedding photo shoot,  it ensures fertility and beauty.

Originally couple’s kissed under a fruitful tree and this was supposed to ensure fertility.  But today it is said that if a woman is kissed under a blossoming tree then she will be attractive and beautiful throughout the year. May 1st also celebrates and welcomes spring but the romantics focus on the blooming of love and romance. However May 1st wasn’t always the day of love.

Originally Labor Day was a communist celebration where all the ‘good citizens’ paraded and waved flags to celebrate communist ideals. There were military shows and lots of flowers on this day back when Czech Republic was Czechoslovakia. It isn’t known if the kissing under trees tradition was around before the original Labor Day celebration or only formed after when people decided to keep the communist public holiday but transform it into something relevant and beautiful instead.

Many people tie the tradition to Karel Hynek Mácha, a Czech Romantic writer who was popular at the beginning of the 19thcentury. He wrote a tragic poem about two lovers, the most known verse goes like this:

It was late evening, on the first of May,
The eve of May was the time of love,
The turtle-dove’s voice called to love,
Where rich and sweet pinewoods lay.

The poem is a story about a young girl who is seduced and betrayed by a man. Later she meets and falls in love with his son, who kills his father for her. The girl then waits for him on the evening of the first of May, but is told that he will be executed in the castle for the murder he committed for her. While he waits he thinks about the beauty of nature and his life. He is decapitated the next day, and his head is placed on a pillar.

According to Wikipedia Mácha, the poet, supposedly comes across the skull seven years later and is told the story. He then returns to the place on the first of May and in the evening he compares his own life to the month of May. However the connection between the poet and the holiday has never been officially proven. But many still go to his statue in Petřín before kissing under a blooming tree. There is usually a cameraman taking a video of the couples kissing and documenting the number of those who come – don’t be discouraged, you can ask for the video of you not to be published online.

May 1st is always a beautiful day because of everything is blooming and growing, it is usually warm enough for a picnic, and love is always in the air. Try visiting the statue and join the other couples who sit on the hillside overlooking Prague. Romance, tragedy, hope and very little commercialism: Czech Lovers Day can definitely give Valentine’s Day a run for it’s money.

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What exactly is the Schengen?

When you take the bus to the airport you will hear them announce, “Terminal 1 for flights within the Schengen” and “Terminal 2 for flights outside of the Schengen”. Did you ever wonder what it meant? Here’s a quick and useful geography lesson.

http://blog.foreigners.cz/what-exactly-is-the-schengen/

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Ice Skating Rinks in Prague

It might be cold and snowy outside but that’s no reason to stay indoors. Czechs like to stay active all year round and in the winter ice skating is a very popular pass time! Get inspired with this list of popular outdoor and indoor ice skating rinks.

http://blog.foreigners.cz/ice-skating-rinks-in-prague/

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Translations KnowHow

One of the services that Foreigners.cz provides is translations. Czech ministries, schools, employers and landlords like having all your documents in Czech. So we frequently get translation inquiries.

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Household Insurance – Why and How

How carefully did you read your contract? Do you know that a lot of landlords add a clause about you being responsible for insuring your flat? Did you know that it’s very easy and cheap to insure your flat? No one likes to think of negative ‘what ifs’, but wouldn’t you rather be safe than sorry?

http://blog.foreigners.cz/household-insurance-why-and-how/

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Comprehensive Health Insurance February 2015 DISCOUNT

The most common months to get insurance are January/February and August/September. Is your insurance expiring?  Don’t worry, we can help you get a new one! We would like to offer you a special February discount! You can get almost 3 months of insurance for free!

(Since this article was published, prices have dropped even further! It now costs 4,500 CZK for one year of insurance).

http://blog.foreigners.cz/comprehensive-health-insurance-february-2015-discount/

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Discover the Services at the Reach of your Hand

Some of you have rented a flat from us and others come to our monthly MeetUps. But did you know that Foreigners.cz provides a whole variety of services?

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The Czech Obesity Epidemic

Czech food is delicious! But is it healthy? Many foreigners indulge on Czech traditional dishes several times a week and get used to drinking a beer with every lunch – the discounts on beer during lunch time don’t help either! The World Health Organization is referring to the increasing rate of weight gain in the Czech Republic as an obesity epidemic.

http://blog.foreigners.cz/the-czech-obesity-epidemic/

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