When you travel, this situation happens on daily bases: you meet cool new people and they ask you: Where you come from? If you come from a small country, I know how this feels. The reaction, in most cases, is very intereting. Some know it, many of them don’t. But usually, people have something to say 🙂
I can honestly say, I am glad my home isn’t some big and well-know country. When you come from US or Germany, there are no surprises. And you miss half the fun!
My friend from Slovenia who travels a gets all kind of reactions. People who can’t pronounce the country, people who never heard of the country.. Although population of Czech Repulic is 5x bigger than Slovenia, itstill belongs to one of those “strange countries”.
Check out what people tell me when I say I am Czech girl:
01 | Where do you come from?
Czech Republic (trying to sime and look cute)
02| Those blond hair… make you… look like Russian!
Well, I am Czech.
03| But that’s near Russia, right?
Well, at some point of history we were occupied by Russia. Apparently, it’s pretty far.
04 | I am little confused about all East European countries…
It’s Central Europe. Hungary, Poland and Slovakia and Czech Republic….
05 | Czechoslovakia?
Used to be! And then we split into Czech Republic and Slovakia.
06 | Czech…let me think! I heard about beer?
Yep, we produce a lot, drink a lot and also export. Like Pilsner, Budweiser…
07|I thought Budweiser is from the US?
It’s a long story. But the city called Budweis is in Czech, those guys kind of stole it.
Then the conversation varies. If you are in Taiwan (where I loved tow years) , the conversation usually go like this.
08 |The capital is Prague, right? I love this city, it’s so romantic!
09 |I read few books from Franz Kafka, he is one of my favorite authors!
(sparkle in the eyes! happiness!). He lived in Prague, but actually he was writing in German.
10 |And what do you speak there? Russian?
When it comes to famous Czechs, I can prodluy say that most often people remember Vaclav Havel, our first post communist president whom I am really proud about. With all the luck, no one really knows our current representation and trust me – it’s better this way.
I wonder – what people tell you when you say where you some from? I look forward for your comments!