Hotel:</b> I am staying in the Hotel International, Brno. It is a lovely place, which handily serves guests in eight major languages without difficulty. It is located about 50m from Nahmyesti Svobody, the central city square. You know it's a town square because it has an enormous plague column in it. One of my coworkers described the plague column as a village's way of saying, "Wow, the Black Plague really sucked. Let's put up a big statue to remind us daily how awesome it is to not be living with the Black Plague."
Fun Fact: The age of consent in the Czech Republic is 15.
Hotel TV: The channels on the TV are selected based on the nationality of the guests present, Americans excluded. So on Tuesday/Wednesday, Channel 22 and 23 are Russian sitcoms, game shows and soap operas;last night (and tonight) - Channel 22 is Japanese game shows and soap operas. Which leads me to my next point:
Fact: Every soap opera in the world has the same hairdressers.
Famous Czechs that every Czech person wants to make sure you know are Czech: Milan Kundera (author, "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"), Vaclav Havel (statesman, author), Anton Dvorak ("most famous composer in the world", say many Czechs), Karel Capek (author, playwright who wrote "R.U.R." and coined the term "robot"), Kurt Goedel (mathematician, "Goedel's Incompleteness Theorem" - actually, only people from Brno seem to want to claim him as Czech).
FUN FACT: Drinking alcohol on the street (no paper bag required) is not only legal, it is encouraged.
ATTN: US Action Movie Directors - if you're going to film a car chase scene in Nadrozy (sp?) Square in Prague, the people of the Czech Republic would like you to make sure the people there SPEAK CZECH and not RUSSIAN.
NEWSFLASH: Recently on my TV - Don La Fontaigne (RIP) doing a travel ad for SLOVAKIA, a REAL LIFE FAIRYTALE in THE HEART OF EUROPE.
FUN FACT: Brno, Czech Republic is home to five universities. Combining this fact with other facts is left as an exercise to the reader.
PREVIOUSLY PLAYING: The Czech dub of CUBE 2: HYPERCUBE. Unlike CSI, this dub actually seems to track pretty well.
NOW PLAYING: For the "Vikend s Braddem Pittem", our current film is SEDM, starring Morgan Freeman and Bradu Pittem. I don't know how they found a Czech dude who sounds EXACTLY like Czech Morgan Freeman, but they did (I also don't know why his name isn't all Czech-ified). Bradu Pittem? Not so much a Brad Pitt.
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