Monthly Archives: June 2009

Everything you want to know about Czech Beer

The main beers you’re likely to drink in Czech Republic are:

1. Radegast

2. Ostrava

3. Pilzen

All these beers are good quality and cheap, they all also cost around the same. If you prefer your beer on tap (draught) then you are in luck, almost all Czech pubs offer on tap beer. Depending on the pub, you should get offerred at least 1 of the above.

When asking for a beer it is important to know that beer usually comes in 2 varieties – 10 or 12. Pronounced (10: Des sit ku) or (12: Dva nast ku) . 12 degree beer is stronger so drink this if you want to get sloshed quickly. 10 degree beer is light in alcohol, so you want to drink this, if you’re out with a woman and you don’t want to end up stumbling around on the dance floor.

Another thing is – if you want a small beer, don’t ask for a pivicku – this is just a term of endearment for a beer, instead ask for a malo pivo (small beer) or pul pivo (1/2 beer).

Tips while out drinking

1.Don’t stir and avoid getting into fights, you’re likely to get thrown in the “drunk station” overnight, and it will cost you around 2000 crowns to get yourself released.

2.If you’re english, be careful if you get too much attention from the locals, especially youngsters, you might think they’re being nice because they’re interested in you, but it could be they’re just after a free beer.

3. Never drink and drive in the Czech Republic, the penalty is severe.


Thinking of moving to czech to find a hot wife?

Think again, trust me the scene aint all that rosy. You, if you’re a westerner might have this silly notion that all Czech girls want is love, and even a modestly well off sucker would appear rich in Czech, boosting your chances of scoring a potentially hot and sexy wife, well still living within your means? You would be dead wrong.

You might end up coming over with your hard earned pounds or dollars and attact a girl like this:

Problem is even if you do bag here you’re going to find her very difficult to please and keep. Because if you didn’t know this Czech girls are very family orientated, so unless you enjoy spending lots of time chatting to her mother:

You might even be thinking its worth it, putting up with the bi-weekly visits for that sweet bit of punda, but even if you manage to get that right, except some other suprises.

1. You’ll earn a fraction of what you’re used to earning, and soon you’ll be driving some beaten up old car

2. You’ll get ragged on and on about how bad it is to drink

3. You’ll be completely at her mercy, because you can’t speak the local language, so all the manly things you could do for her in the west, throw those things aside

4. She’ll end up dispising you because the communication will eventually get in the way

5. Don’t forget one day she will look like her mother 🙂

Unless you’re dog sure about what you’re doing, trust me mate – rather the devil you know.

No work

Hopefully I wont end up like this:

But there is a good chance it could happen if I don’t find work quickly. Its a sad state of affairs here really in Czech Republic, workwise for an English speaker.

1. Most of the jobs that get advertised here are outdated and no longer exist (Agents just don’t seem to remove old job listings in time)

2. There are very few companies actually hiring English speaking programmers, main locations being Prague and Brno

3. Agents here are too relaxed, and 1/2 the time they don’t bother getting back to you

4. My main fear, companies here seem to prefer employing Czech locals, and I am almost sure this is the main reason why I am not being able to find work here.

5. There is a bank crisis going on, its very real and hard hitting.

If the work doesn’t come through the door soon, I will have to return to my home country. Can’t live here on fresh air, and need a sustainable income, even if it means leaving this country.