Editorial by Seneca Garrison
Crossing borders – legally and illegally – seems to be the topic of the hour. Everywhere you look there are selfie-taking globetrotters hashtagging their latest #liveauthentic travel blog posts, juxtaposed on your newsfeed with heartbreaking stories of people fleeing war and screaming protests for and against immigration. ‘Borders’ is a loaded word. We acknowledge that, but we also look at the different types of borders and limits that people face. Sometimes you regret crossing them, sometimes you cross one as a means to get to another, sometimes it’s the best step you’ve ever taken. In this issue, we take a look at a wide breadth of experiences with crossing these physical and psychological lines.
We share the story of a Christian organization in the Czech Republic founded in order to bring Syrian refugees to Prague, only to have the majority of the refugees flee to Germany or turn back to their homeland. We take a look at personal boundaries being pushed by strangers meeting in Old Town Square for the ‘Prague Eye-Contact Event’. When you long for the comfort of your home and wish you could diminish continental divides, ‘The Story on Food Story’ will tell you of a magical bistro and grocer here in the city offering an array of global goods to make life taste more international. This month, join us on a tour of these borders, these often arbitrary lines we have drawn for ourselves to hide behind, to push, to explore.
Articles in this issue:
WHAT'S LEFT? WHO KNOWS WHAT'S RIGHT?
By Elisabeth Sweet
On April 4, 2016 a family of 8 decided to go home. They had been away for two months. Many of us, especially expats, identify with this narrative. We hop on a plane, visit our family, reconnect with old friends, and hit our favorite food joint, all in about ten days at the mercy of a roundtri...
By Anthony Freda
How can one bear witness to the world, built upon so much disorder and indifference, and resolve it into one which makes sense? You can consult entire libraries or you can approach a stranger on the street; you are bound to get one of the following as answers: artistic expressi...
WHY IS FRANZ KAFKA A TOURIST ATTRACTION
By Deepan Ghimiray
Franz Kafka is a sort-of jackpot for the tourism industry here in Prague. He’s been anointed the patron saint of souvenirs. The city is peppered with memento offerings in the name of its reluctant native son. Traversing Old Town, you’re bound to spot the bookish variety of tourist sporting...
By Emily Drew
I’m not a big reader on public transport due to my rather unfortunate tendency to motion sickness, leaving people watching as the only other viable option for entertainment. The contrast between my own life experience or the life experience of young Praguians, and that of...
STEEL AND CHEESE: A MORAVIAN HOLIDAY
By Elisabeth Sweet
The Czech Republic is great. Prague has the permanent air of a holiday wrapped in a fairytale drenched in world-class beer. Sometimes though, I get tired of the wild weekends defined by their sunrises and the never-ending game of “where should we eat?” So, I decided to get out...
By Roisin Caird
It's a swelteringly hot Saturday in Prague, and Old Town Square is in the grips of summer. Tourist season has just begun, bringing with it crowds of visitors who are now spilling across the cobbled streets of the inner city centre, eager to experience the delights of the city. Just to the edge of...
HOW TO NOT GET LOST IN PRAGUE
By Denisa Křížová
A handful of useful mobile applications. This beautiful city in the center of the European continent, with a history older then Methuselah and with as many pubs as kind of beer - this is Prague. A pulsing city where girls and boys just “wanna have fun”, and where it is harder to get to the airport...
ARE SOME PEOPLE ADDICTED TO TRAVEL?
By Emily Nemchick
We all know at least one person who, whenever you talk to them, is in a different country from when you last spoke. You ask them, “How’s it going in Berlin?” and they answer, “Berlin? I left Berlin weeks ago. I’m in Seoul at the moment, but I’m heading over to Bangkok next week.” In fact, if...
NETFLIX ABROAD - NOT SO CHILL
By Katie Medley
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, most every American has heard of Netflix. What began as a mail order DVD rental company now provides online streaming of television shows and movies to over 190 countries worldwide. As of January 2016, people in the Czech Republic...
THE STORY ON FOOD STORY
By Amy Nunnelly
If you live in Prague, it’s likely that you buy your groceries at one of the few grocery store chains in the city: Albert, Billa, or maybe Lidl. Choices are limited and the product selection even more so. Looking for quality peanut butter? Forget it. Some sundried tomatoes from Italy? A Spanish...
YOU ARE WHAT YOU DRINK
By Allison Body
You are working class, a true punk, homeless and proud. You never pay on the first date, you attend every party with a two-liter under your arm, and you will swear to anyone who asks (or doesn’t) that yes, Braník does taste good...
CREATIVE OF THE MONTH: Isa Juchniewicz
By Katie Paclisanu
A student of Prague College and visual artist, Isa Juchniewicz was like many of us when she came to Prague – young, fresh out of University, and in need of some soul searching...