15 FUNNY PRAGUE PHOTOS – a possible basis for mild culture shock

No disrespect intended, but sometimes the Czech Republic differs from what outsiders are used to in some relatively humorous ways. Wandering around the country over the years, we’ve come across some things that seem perfectly normal here, but may be apt to raise an eyebrow or earn a smirk from people who aren’t from these parts, including ourselves. Luckily (or not), the easy availability of smart phones and other devices has made it fairly easy to document these fragments of local flavor whenever they’re stumbled across in unexpected places. The following is a collection of such. Hope it makes you smile.

1. Play time…

"Children's Corner" to the left. Don't worry about the kids. It's all under control.

“Children’s Corner” to the left at the neighborhood restaurant. Don’t worry about the kids. It’s all under control.

2. Moving can be a trip.

Fragile. Handle with care.

Fragile. Handle with care.

3. Sausage lover’s paradise.

"News: pork meat in it's own juices." "Pleased to meet 'cha. I'm savoury Mrs. Hot Dog." Yes, it really says that.

“News: pork meat in it’s own juices.”
“Pleased to meet ‘cha. I’m savoury Mrs. Hot Dog.”
Yes, it really says that.

4. Speaking of sausage…

"Striptease" brand, wrapped in a thin sheath of latex just waiting to be peeled off. Savoury Mrs. Hot Dog in her younger days.

“Striptease” brand chicken franks, wrapped in a thin sheath of latex just waiting to be peeled off. Savoury Mrs. Hot Dog in her younger days.

5.  Mastering the art of Tantra.

Ride in comfort to the happy ending of a perfect day.

Ride in comfort to the happy ending of a perfect day.

6. It’s 3:00 a.m. Do you know where your children are?

...probably on their way home from Cross Club.

…probably on their way home from Cross Club.

7. The kids are all right. Anyway, you’ve got your own stuff goin’ on tonight.

For those about to rock, we salute you.

For those about to rock, we salute you. (Damn good band, by the way.)

8. A slightly different sense of PC than in other parts of the world.

Google translate for yourselves.

Google translate for yourselves.

9. Photoshop fail?

Or was the photographer just really on his game that day? We'll never know.

Or was the photographer just really on his game that day? We’ll never know. Who cares? It’s “two for the price of one”. Yes, it really says that.

10. In the beginning…

...God made it clear, so that there would be no confusion.

…God made it clear, so that there would be no confusion.

11. Sorry to hear about your uncle…

...we're sure gonna miss him and his gardening skills. I know your mom thought he was a bad influence, but I thought he was cool.

…we’re sure gonna miss him and his gardening skills. I know your mom thought he was a bad influence, but I thought he was cool.

12. It’s just the risk you take…

...when you order the vegetarian option in non-vegetarian restaurant.

…when you order the vegetarian option in non-vegetarian restaurant.

13. Looking out for Man’s Best Friend.

Your dog deserves proper grooming. Trust us or else.

Your dog deserves proper grooming. Trust us or else.

14. There’s no substitute for the real thing.

who drinks beer out of plastic anyway?

Who drinks beer out of plastic anyway?

15. And lest we forget…

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- Photographs by Mélanie Rada

Jeff Fritz

I first came to the Czech Republic in 2004, and came to Prague to live in 2005. Since then, I've traveled all over the country and have spent almost as much time in the city as out of it, hiking the woods and mountains and attending open-air festivals. I spent 4.5 years working as a tour guide doing historical walks, brewery tours, ghost tours after dark, and acting as the beer master for a Czech beer tasting. Following that, I worked for 3 years as general manager of a large live-music venue in the Old Town, and 1.5 years as manager for a tea house and specialty beer bar in Letná. I have also worked as an actor, designer, and technical director for most of the English-language theatre companies in Prague. And my wife and I have been operating an independent theatre company here called Akanda since 2008. History, especially of Central and Eastern Europe, has been a passion of mine since university.

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