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August in the Czech Republic

Heat and sun.

Chill breezes and warm, at the same time.

Wet winds and heavy skies.

Perfect blue skies with big puffy white clouds.

Autumn on the way.

Getting ready for August

August in Prague is almost always hot and humid.

 It's the month that everyone who can gets out of town for at least a weekend.

They go to their chatas (little cabins in the country), to historical castles that have been remodeled into hotels, to Austrian spas and the Italian Dolomite Mountains.

Prague for Beginners: Finding Myself in Prague

It gives me great pleasure to announce the publication of Prague for Beginners, both in the first print book edition and as the third e-book edition.

Here's a brief review of the novel set in 1994 Prague:

"Elizabeth Logan goes to Prague in 1994 to teach English to beginners. She has missed the crest of the wave, both by missing the first exuberant rush of freedom in the Czech Republic in 1989 and by being 34 years old, yet not knowing exactly what she wants to do with her life. She finds unexpected challenges in Prague: losing her flat, her job, and her mysterious Czech would-be boyfriend. But she eventually finds her purpose for being in Prague: discovering what love is, and how to find it."

Please visit the amazon website and read a free excerpt of the novel:

For the New Year, 2017: Essential Prague in Four Days

To see all the beautiful, historical and exciting tourist sites in Prague in less than a month would be quite a challenge, but, because we’ve lived and worked in Prague for decades, we can outline a program that shows you the essential Prague in just four days: the castles, cathedrals, gardens, museums, opera houses, monasteries, bridges, public squares, libraries, and universities that bring life to this vibrant 1000-year-old city. 
Hradcany: Prague’s 1000-year-old castle complex:  St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George’s Basilica, Golden Lane where alchemists tried to make gold.

Gardens of Prague Castle: The Royal Garden, the Letohrady, and other intimate gardens are woven into the castle complex.

Petrin: A small version of Paris's Eiffel Tower, built in 1891 for the Jubilee Exhibition. A funicular takes people up Petrin hill; there’s an observatory and a hall of mirrors to explore. The 12th-century Strahov monastery in on the top of the adjacent hill.

Mala Strana: the “little town” u…

Christmas in Prague, from "Prague for Beginners" by Sara Tusek

For the rest of the day I pack for my trip and tidy up the flat. I turn on the radio for Czech Christmas music; my favorites are “Narodil se Kristus Pán” (Christ is born) and “Nesem Vám noviny” (We bring you good news, hark!). The time passes pleasantly as I bustle around, my mind occupied with the here and now of fitting everything into my suitcase and cleaning out the perishables in the kitchen.

Soon enough, the light begins to fade. I decide it’s time for me to get out of my flat and see what Prague is up to today. I dress warmly and descend once again to the street, this time turning left as I leave the apartment house. In a few minutes I’m at náměstí Republiky. There are tasteful Christmas decorations on the lampposts and doors, greenery and red, shiny balls mostly. The cold, crisp air encourages people to hurry as they walk, giving the scene a busy, happy mood. I go down crooked streets through the intimate square behind Týn Cathedral that Marek tells me it was a dump, a literal…

from my book, "Prague for Beginners": Svatý Mikuláš Day, Dec. 5

Today is December 5, St. Nicholas Day (Svatý Mikuláš), the day that the Czechs get Santa Klaus (St. Nicholas) out of the way. For the rest of the lead-up to Christmas, it’s all about Jesus, who gives little kids their presents as Ježíšek. He comes in the window, as better befits a baby than coming down a sooty chimney. There’s a bonus on Svatý Mikuláš Day: in addition to Santa Klaus, you also get Čert (the devil) and Anděl (an angel).

Last year on December 5, I had recently arrived in Prague and was still completely enchanted by the city. Imagine how it seemed when, on a snowy evening just as dusk was falling, I walked near a school and heard a bell tinkling. When I looked for the bell, I saw three figures on the sidewalk: a huge Svatý Mikuláš dressed in red velvet, with a tall red Bishop’s hat, hurrying along with a black devil with a big red ruffle around his face and a lovely blonde angel dressed all in white. I did a double-take; of course I could see these were people dressed up i…