Wednesday, September 24, 2003

I just found this oh-so-handy site offering "the straight scoop on successful long-term living in the Czech Repubilc." I don't know about anybody else, but almost nothing on this site rings true. See, for instance, the "10 Ways to Wreck Your Plans in the Czech Republic":

Home phone lines are still rare in the Czech Republic... Renting an apartment is never-ending maze in the Czech Republic..... Air-conditioning. Laundromats. Ice machines. Your favorite toothpaste. All things that with small exception don't exist in the Czech Republic.... Political correctness, feminism and concern for child welfare haven't reached Europe or the Czech Republic yet like they have in the USA.... There is no ventilation or air-conditioning nearly everywhere.... Foods, including dairy and meat, are not wrapped or refrigerated properly.... Need to run to the bank for a last minute deposit? Don't be surprised if they closed half an hour early.
Sheesh! Hey, for the record, my bank closes at 4:30 p.m. every day, on the dot. And yeah, we got Colgate, too. As for the rest, well, that's why this blog has a comments feature.

I wonder how many people are scared away by stuff like this? Worse, I wonder how many people read this crap and think, "Wow! How exotic!"


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