May 15, 2016

Issue 2 – Technicalities

Release Date: 15.05.2016

Editorial by Seneca Garrison

Technology has shrunk our world to the size of an instant message. We can hold the personal information of everyone we’ve ever met in the palm of our hands, and yet we still struggle to navigate through cultures, awkward moments and what it means to belong. That’s why this month at Prague Pulse we’ve focused on technicalities and technical things. What happens when cell phone culture dominates the social scene? The tongue-in-cheek article ‘Airing it Out’ explores this inevitable reality. The aptly named article ‘Welcome to Prague, Dumbass’ looks into how expats in Prague navigate social media forums and the “trolls” that inevitably shape them. And what does it mean to technically be from a country? We brought this question to a man who has returned to the Czech Republic after fleeing communism over 40 years ago in the story ‘Michal Daniel: An Expat in Reverse’. We touch on how technology can help people get around the city and out of it for a weekend, as well as the technicalities of forming relationships and completing a typical expat lifecycle. Life is long and big and we can choose to live it many different ways, but for better or worse, we are all connected by devices both technological and psychological.

We’d also like to thank all of you that came to our magazine launch last month and to our party sponsors – Fource Entertainment, iShorts, Food Story, Prague College and Chapeau Rouge for hosting us!

Articles in this issue:


AIRING IT OUT
By Deepan Ghimiray

Smartphones are dirty. As in, they easily spread pathogens. This is not so surprising if you take into account how often people handle their smartphones. And if you observe where people use their smartphones—public transport, workplaces, bars, during meals, in bathroom...


A TRAVEL QUARTET
By Amy Nunnelly

€400: Four Countries in Four Days on Four Wheels. For most expats living in Prague, holidays aren’t about spending time with family or eating home-cooked meals. For us, it’s an opportunity to travel. It’s an opportunity to see a part of the world we haven’t seen before. That’s exactly...


COTTAGE CULTURE
By Elisabeth Sweet

The nature. The village. Besides a charming translation error, these things represent a fundamental part of life in the Czech Republic: holidays. Living in Central Europe, the number of countries you can visit on holiday is limited only by the number of early lesson cancellations you had that mon...


WHY WE BURN WITCHES
By Anthony Freda

After a long, gray winter in Prague, the anticipation for spring is palpable. Crowds flock to the parks and squares wherever the sun is shining, and reluctantly disperse when sundown returns us to chillier temperatures. The Czech Republic has a ritual for just such an anticipatory period:...


MICHAL DANIEL: AN EXPAT IN REVERSE
By Amy Nunnelly

Michal Daniel is a fascinating Czech. When I first met him by chance at a pub in Prague, I thought he was American; his accent certainly sounded more mid-western U.S. than anything European. I was partially correct in my assumption. Michal, known by friends as “Miša”, immigrat...


GOATS, BEERS AND BODY PARTS
By Allison Body

Have you ever put on body lotion and wondered why it seemed to be drying out your skin instead of hydrating it? Put tomato soup on your pasta instead of sauce? Given a waiter an “I’m all good on drinks” thumbs up only to be immediately brought another beer? If you’ve ever had to communic...


THE EDGE OF IN BETWEEN
By Peppur Chambers

What actually lured me into Expats BBQ Bar on Vojtěšská Street the first time I walked by and peered through the windows was the bar. Not a row of neatly arranged top-shelf liquor bottles backlit by sultry neon, but a real bar. The inviting type where you can slide onto a barstool, hang you...


A CLOSER LOOK AT PRAGUE FRINGE
By Seneca Garrison and Rosie Dwelly

The 15th annual Prague Fringe Festival runs from 27th May - 4th June in various venues across Mala Strana. Fringe is a 9-day explosion of theatre, cabaret, comedy, music, dance and much, much more! Tickets cost just 150kc (or 100kc for students) and all shows are in English (or non-...


GETTING FRIENDLY ABROAD
By Katie Medley

As if moving abroad isn’t stressful enough, finding new friends to share new experiences with also becomes dramatically more difficult in a foreign place. After living as an expat in three different countries, the most common question I receive (apart from ever vague “How’d you do that, ca...


WELCOME TO PRAGUE, DUMBASS
By Peppur Chambers

Moving to a foreign country is hard enough – barring the unknowns about where to buy peanut butter, tampons with applicators and Open Cards – but it’s even harder to find the right place to ask for help with these things and other more pressing matters. Like any major city, Prague has some...


EX-PATRIOTISM: A GRAPH
By Peter Hadjokas

Meet Jumbo. Jumbo represents the average impression of the American Living Abroad. Jumbo’s timeline below was meticulously crafted from a census conducted among a number of Americans currently living in Prague, Czech Republic. This number of Americans were asked a number of Quest...


RECIPE - OUR LOVELY COOKING
By Caroline Corrigan

Our Lovely Cooking was started by Jana Havrdova, Marketa Duskova, and Michaela Prokopova, three working moms with a passion for cooking and a commitment to healthy living. The philosophy behind their idea is to take classic Czech dishes, in addition to creating...