Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Czech it Out!
So... I am half Czech and half Ukrainian and sadly, know very little about these countries or their culture. My grandparents on both sides were from these places, but they passed away when I was young. Unfortunately it was when I was older that I wondered about the culture and people of these lands. I do know that my Ukrainian grampa was a tailor and was a young man when he left Kiev to move to NYC where he worked as a professional tailor until he retired. My father often took me to a Czech restaurant in Manhattan named PRAHA which is Prague in Czech. He said that it was exactly like the home cooking that his mom made for him. I loved all of the food that was served there, even the gross sounding "liver ball soup"!
One day when watching TV with my family, I blurted out that one of my greatest regrets in life was that I never effectively mastered the Russian (or Ukranian) accent! Whenever I tried, it would morph into spanishish or chinese sounding! (I figured it was way too late to try and master the actual language, so I just settled for wanting to fake an accent!)
I have posted these pictures from the Czech Republic, many from Prague, the capital and also some pictures of Ukrainian themed items!.