Czech Republic: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)
The sad fact is that many tourists visit the Czech Republicknowing no more about it than that beer is cheap and the women arebeautiful. That lack of knowledge has led to frustration amongCzechs, most of whom are well-educated and well-informed about theworld around them.While the Czechs can often come across as a little stiff, oreven unfriendly, beneath the layers of social reserve are a deeplysincere and caring people. It’s a side most visitors never get tosee unless they are alert to it. Those fortunate enough to makefriends with Czechs see it in the fierce loyalty they have fortheir intimates.The Czechs are also deeply, blackly funny, with a distinctive,many-layered sense of humor. They are a people who have madelaughing through tears a national survival strategy.This book introduces you to the customs, values, and attitudesof a remarkable people, and the role of history in shaping these.It describes Czech life at home and in the workplace, and offerspractical advice on what to expect and how to behave in unfamiliarsocial situations.Visiting the Czech Republic will always be worthwhile—itsincredible sights are enough to satisfy any aesthete’s need forbeauty. But the real rewards will come for the visitor who caresenough to try to get inside the culture, beyond the reserve to thecomplex corners of the Czech soul.