Banana boxes, bubbles and being a tourist in Prague

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I’m currently surrounded by stacks of these.

This isn’t my attempt to create a modern art installation nor does it have anything to do with my love of the fruit: Project Move Home is picking up pace and scarily, I’ll be sleeping in my new home by the weekend.

You’ll forgive me then if this post is rather brief.

While Czechman is busy painting and decorating in the new flat, my task is to pack up the old one. Hence the banana boxes which are both super strong and very popular amongst those moving house in Prague judging from all the hassle I’ve had getting my hands on them.  Many of my daily trips to the local supermarkets to beg for these humble bits of  cardboard have often resulted in me going home empty handed or shouting at an unhelpful employee. That last thing only happened once – and yes, I know it’s not strictly their job to provide me with the necessary equipment to clear out all my belongings from my current abode but whatever happened to manners? The shouting – or self-assertion as I prefer to call it – was in Czech so at least I got a little language practice out of the situation but alas, no cardboard. You can’t win them all.

Anyway, in case you’ve missed Ms Girl In Czechland’s output, here’s a guest post I did recently for Easyjet. It’s all about how to get the most out of a visit to Prague: do the touristy stuff but try it from a different angle. Your suggestions for making the most of beaten track Prague are very welcome.

And the photo at the bottom of the post? That’s a solar-powered bubble machine. Not content with inventing the sugar cube and Semtex, Czech innovation has now introduced this technological marvel to the world. If you’d like to see it in action, head for Karlovo Namesti where, sunny weather conditions permitting, it pours out  effervescent spheres every half hour.

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10 Responses to Banana boxes, bubbles and being a tourist in Prague

  1. Paul

    Surely the headline should read ‘Banana boxes’ ;o)

  2. Paul

    So, now that you’ve changed it, everyone will look at my comment and think ‘what is the Scottish idiot thinking about’ or something along those lines!! :o)

  3. Richardinprague

    Hi GIC,

    This was one of my first Czech phrases: “Krabicy od banany” or “Bananove krabicy”!

    Another was (and still is, to my shame) “Nerozumite anglicky, prosim?” … usually closely followed by “Bohuzel!”

    Good luck with the stehovani! (Have you watched the czech film “Kulovy blesk”, by the way? Hilarious Czech film about synchronising several remaovals on the same day)

    Richard
    in Prague
    +?

    • As a proper Grammar Nazi, I feel obliged to comment. 🙂

      It can either be “krabice od banánů” or “krabici od banánů” — depending on which case your sentence is in. In the first one, “krabice” is a subject, in the second, it’s more like I’d like a “krabici od banánů”. 🙂

      You definitely cannot say “banánová krabice”. It would mean that the box is made out of bananas, resembles bananas, smells or feels like bananas or something of this kind… 🙂

      I hope this doesn’t discourage you from learning Czech. 🙂

      • girlinczechland

        Hi Martin,

        Thanks for your helpful comment and no, it isn’t discouraging at all. You’ll have noticed from my previous posts about Czechs speaking English less than perfectly I’m something of a closet grammar Nazi myself….

        GIC

    • girlinczechland

      Hello Richard,

      Sorry for my very slow reply. I’ve never seen the film you mention – is it a Sverak one? Do you think I’ll be able to pick it up for 50kc in one of those cardboard sleeves?

      GIC

  4. Hi GIC,
    All the very best for the move this weekend. Do we get an invite to the flast/house-warming party?

    • girlinczechland

      Hi Ricky,

      Thanks for your warm wishes. I’m very happy in the new place and will be blogging about it soon of course. Before I send out the housewarming invites though I fear we need to buy a sofa – the place is looking very minimalist indeed!

      GIC

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