Sunt un fel de Alice in Tara Minunilor cand vine vorba de obiceiurile altor tari, mereu m-au fascinat, de aceea sunt poate mai atenta decat ar trebui la obiceiurile oamenilor, incepand de la cele mai superficiale pana la cele mai profunde. Cum eu sunt in Cehia de mai putin de o luna, deocamdata ma limitez la a descrie 2 obiceiuri aparent superficiale, dar care pentru mine au fost atat de diferite de ceea ce cunosteam incat nu puteam sa nu le impartasesc cu voi.
1: Cehii nu sunt amatori de cafea. Stiu, nu pare iesit din comun, dar ca sa intelegeti cat de mult ma afecteaza asta, ar trebui sa stiti ca pentru mine cafeaua e aproape o obsesie. Eu nu functionez bine pana nu imi beau cafeaua linistita de dimineata. E un intreg ritual prepararea ei in moka italieneasca, simplul miros al cafelei pe mine ma binedispune. Nu mai spun ca am inceput sa beau cafea cand locuiam in Italia, deci m-am obisnuit direct cu cafeaua buna, si am inceput sa o inteleg intr-un mod complet diferit fata de modul in care este inteleasa cafeaua in Romania. Acum vine problema mea. Aici in Cehia, oamenii daca beau cafea beau cel mult cafea ness. Adica ceea ce eu numesc "apa murdara, nu cafea". Am umblat prin tot oraselul dupa o moka (de care la noi gasesti pe toate gardurile) si mi-am cam blestemat modul in care mi-am facut bagajul, pentru ca nu am luat-o pe cea de acasa (totusi, nu mi-as fi imaginat niciodata ca exista o natie intreaga pentru care cafeaua nu e cine stie ce). Si raman mereu surprinsa cand am confirmarea de la multe persoane, cehii intr-adevar nu beau cafea. Uneori beau direct bere dimineata (mi-a spus o persoana). Pot trai cu ideea asta si intre timp mi-am procurat mult dorita moka, asa ca m-am mai linistit.
2: Cehii adora papucii de casa. Atat de mult, incat ii poarta peste tot, chiar si la locul de munca. La scoala, copiii au dulapioare pentru papucii de strada si de obicei cand ajung la scoala isi iau slapii in picioare. Acelasi lucru il fac si profesorii, si din cate am inteles cam la orice loc de munca se intampla la fel. La inceput mi s-a parut ciudat, dar acum mi se pare foarte logic si foarte igienic. M-am adaptat la obicei, s-ar zice.
I'm like Alice in Wonderland when it comes to habits of other countries' people, I've always been fascinated by them, and perhaps that's why I've paid more attention to the people, trying to notice their habits, from the shallow and insignificant ones, to the ones that are more profound. Since I've been in the Czech Republic for less than a month, I limit myself to describing two very superficial habits, but which were so different than what I had seen before that I had to share them with you.
1: Czechs don't drink coffee. I know, it doesn't seem out of the ordinary, but in order to understand how much this affects me, you have to understand that coffee for me it's almost an obsession. I don't function normally, as a human being, until I have my first coffee in the morning. I have a ritual of preparing coffee in the Italian moka (which in Romania you find everywhere), the simple smell of morning coffee makes me feel good. I have to specify also that I started drinking coffee while I was living in Italy, therefore I got used to drinking good coffee and I started having a perception of coffee that is, perhaps, different than the usual perception in Romania. And here comes my problem. Here, in the Czech Republic people drink, if they choose coffee, instant coffee. I refer to that as "dirty water", that is not coffee. I tried to find an Italian moka here where I live, while cursing my method of packing, choosing not to bring one from home (I would have never thought that there could be an entire nation for which coffee would be considered as something really not important). I am always surprised when people confirm it: Czech don't drink coffee. Sometimes they have beer in the morning (one person told me that). I can live with that, and in the meantime, I found my very-desired moka.
2: Czechs love their slippers. In fact, they love their slippers so much, that they wear them all the time, even at work. At school, the kids have closets in order to change their shoes, and when they get to school they put on their slippers. The teachers do the same thing, and from what I've been told, people working in companies, also do the same when they get to work. At first, this seemed really strange, but in the end I found it very hygienic and it made sense. I could say now that I've adapted to this habit.