Prague to Turkey and back Part 1

2 continents, 12 countries, 4500 miles, 7200 kilometers

First of all my apologies to my readers, I fell ill shortly after we came back, so blogging took a backseat for a while ;-( But I am up and running again and here the first part of my promised travel report:

Uff, how to start a travel report about such a journey? I tried to draw up a Google Map to show you where we have been, but somehow I am too stupid for that. The lines kept either disappearing or lines appeared where I didn’t wanted them to appear. BTW, if you want to “read” a second opinion, my hubby also plans to blog about our travels, for this check out the blogging chaplains blog 😉

So, go ahead, grab an old-fashioned printed road atlas of Europe and follow along. I will post photos as I have them, . . . → Read More: Prague to Turkey and back Part 1

What is WBSD?

Tomorrow will be the third time that WBSD comes around, so as I am this time guest blogging from a friends blog, I thought it would be a good idea to blog here a bit about what WBSD is all about 😉 and a bit about the people involved also.

WBSD stands for World Blog Surf Day, and was invented by yours truly back in March this year. The first WBSD was organized via my, now de-funct, Golden Prague Blog and the next two were organized by my friend Sher from Czech of the beaten Path.

The idea behind WBSD, similar to other blog carnivals and the like, is to bring together a bunch of bloggers that blog about the same subject on the same day and that link to each other. This way a chain of related blog posts is formed around the globe and . . . → Read More: What is WBSD?

WBSD and 100th post

Time for another WBSD (World Blog Surf Day) and also time to celebrate my 100th blog post. Ok, a lot of the long time, hard working and so on internet marketers will sneer at this small blogging milestone. But nevertheless, I think, for me it is a reason to celebrate! Bearing in mind hat my hyperactive brain makes it difficult for me to concentrate and stick to it, posting so regularly and sticking more or less to the main theme of this blog which is “blogging”, it IS an achievement for me. So what have I achieved over the last seven months that this blog is active?

99 100 blog posts published 1440+ comments published on this blog, the ones of readers and my responses to those 😉 PR4, for what it is worth Alexa Rank <80 000, showing that I target the right group of people . . . → Read More: WBSD and 100th post

Expat Cat Food

An Expat Cats journey to healthy eating

Disclaimer: The post below was written by a guest blogger, a feline guest blogger, so some food related details might not be appropriate for human consumption.

*Enters Oscar the Expat Cat*

Hi everybody, welcome to World Blog Surf Day! In case you wonder what on earth that is, it is a series of blog posts that got published all on the same day and that all have a common theme. Most of them are written by humans, this one is written by me – Oscar the Expat Cat! Mommy has taken all the photos, so please respect her copyright also! This time the organizer for World Blog Surf Day was Sher from Czech Off the Beaten Path, please give her a roaring round of applause for all her hard work! Thank you 😉

As I heard that the theme . . . → Read More: Expat Cat Food

World Blog Surf Day and feedback please

June Blog Updates

World Blog Surf Day Tomorrow is World Blog Surf! My post is written and scheduled to be published at 00:01 my time here in Prague 😉 My blog post is actually not the right description, it is a blog post written by … a surprise guest blogger! So check back tomorrow and be -surprised! In case you don’t know what World Blog Surf Day, WBSD for short, is, have a look at Sher’s Blog Czech of the beaten Path for more information. You will be too late to sign up for this event, but perhaps you like to follow us as we ‘blog around the globe’ And I am pretty sure that there will be a third WBSD in autumn/ fall. If you want to see who is all participating this time round, have a look at the list of . . . → Read More: World Blog Surf Day and feedback please

Something to smile

Having a rest in the window, a comfy place for a dog in Prague. Image (c) Sybille Yates

Last Wednesday I walked through Prague where I live and passing by a window of a costume rental shop this caught my eye. I must admit that first I thought it was a costume, until I noticed the breathing 😉 This four-legged friend turned out to be the perfect photo model, waiting patiently until I had taken the picture!

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Looking for a Prague insider tip? Try Karlin!

Old town square-done! Charles Bridge-crossed! Petrin hill- climbed! After you have visited this and the other main attractions of Prague, you might be thinking of strolling away from the beaten track. May I suggest that you wander out to Karlin? You also can take the tram number 8 😉

What makes Karlin so special? In 2002 there was a major flood in Prague, the river Vltava (Moldau for the German speakers and music freaks) rose due to heavy rain and basically covered the whole inner city area. It was a major catastrophe, leaving many parts of the city under water for days. Karlin was one of the worst affected areas. Many people lost their livelihood due to lack of insurance cover. But now, 7 years later, this area has beautifully recovered and is the ‘place to go’ for a quiet meal or a bit of bar-hopping. Restaurants and bars have . . . → Read More: Looking for a Prague insider tip? Try Karlin!

Good and bad reasons to visit Prague

Prague is a wonderful travel destination, really, it is, but some people might be happier here than others. And to be frank and honest, we are also happier with some people coming to visit Prague than with others 😉

For example we, the people that live here in Prague, are very happy with visitors that appreciate the cultural and historic heritage of the “Golden City” that was 2000, one of the “European Cities/Capitals of Culture”. Prague is home to symphony orchestras, galleries, museums, architectural gems and more art than one can hope to cover and explore in two lifetimes! The Czech capital was the birthplace of writers like Franz Kafka and the historic center of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

Prague, or Praha as it is known by Czech speakers, is a never ending journey of discovery and I feel very fortunate to . . . → Read More: Good and bad reasons to visit Prague

Schwingen – an especially Swiss sport

Painting of Schwingers, photo (c)S.Yates

Schwingen can be translated as ‘swinging’ and is a deeply Swiss sport, a kind of outdoor Sumo in clothes 😉 It is also known as ‘Swiss wrestling’ or ‘Hoselupf’ which translates to ‘trouser pick up’ or ‘trouser gripping/ lifting’. The earliest picture of this peculiar kind of sport can be seen in the Cathedral of Lausanne (of all places!) and dates from the 13th century. Schwingen is typical for the Deutschschweiz, the German speaking part of Switzerland. It was originally a sport amongst farmers, shepherds and other country folk, but has, since the early 19th century, also found its following amongst the town folk. Since the 19th century so-called ‘Schwing festivals’ have been held and nowadays there is even a national competion for the title of ‘Schwingerkönig’ (Schwing King).

A ‘Schwinger Kampf’ (Schwinging tournament) takes place in a circular, sawdust covered, arena with a . . . → Read More: Schwingen – an especially Swiss sport