Monday, 25 January 2016

Pivothek - the home of Czech national drink in Vienna

I was given the instruction to go to one of the many Viennese pubs. But because this blog should connect and find the connections between Vienna (or whole Austria) and Czech Republic and Slovakia, it wasn’t just any ordinary pub. This pub is called Pivothek -  a combination of the words pivo (means beer in Czech) and –thek which signals the collection of something. And they actually have a collection of not well-known (at least not worldwide) Czech beers, for example names like Svijany, Bernard, Lobkowitz, Primátor or Postřižinské pivo – a product of the famous brewery, which was featured in the well-known Czech movie Postřižiny. Many of these sounded familiar to me, even if I’m not a big fan of beer. You can get most of them in supermarkets in the Czech Republic or Slovakia, but if you’re not anywhere near, Pivothek is a good alternative. So when you’re up for drinking a beer, don’t forget to stop at Landstraßer Gürtel 19 – just a few minutes from Vienna Main Station. And of course, leave a comment - which one of their beers is your favorite?

Monday, 18 January 2016

Czech last names in Austria

        Austria is one of the most multicultural countries in the world. About 20% of the Austrian population is of immigrant origin. Mostly newcomers are from Hungary, Slovakia, Croatia, Slovenia or the Czech Republic.
       Some Austrians, particularly near Vienna, still have rellatives in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, or Hungary.
       These immigrants brought their family name with them. After many years or centuries these new residents changed the structure of their names or even created new last names. The German dictionary has no hacek or comma above a letter. Like for example Ě, Č, Ř, Ž, Ý, Í, Š. And this is probably the main reason why those names were a little bit adapted. 
         You can find some Czech names in the list below.

Here are some examples:

German                                              Czech

Kratky                                                      Krátký

Sykora                                                      Sýkora

Suchanek                                                 Suchánek

Nowak                                                       Novák

Nowottny                                                  Novotný

Schimansky                                              Šimanský

Hanowsky                                                 Hanovský

Hlavaczek                                                  Hlaváček

Horejsi                                                       Hořejší

Vlcek                                                           Vlček

Cizek                                                           Čížek

…There are many more last names like these. And there is a big percentage of those that don´t even know they have a foreign origin.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Time to Detox


Hey everyone!

The Christmas time is already over and the year 2016 has just arrived.
After overeating and drinking it is high time to clean our body of toxins and make it work healthily again. In the following article you can find some very useful tips how to re-start your organism. Let´s refresh ourselves!

Tips for New Year´s Detox:
  • Make a break from all those sweets and try to eat more vegetables and fruits

  • Drink a lot of water and a cup of green tea. For better results you try drinking lemon water in the morning. It will boost your metabolism  

  • Start to exercise- at least you can go for a walk. Try to do something new, for example Zumba, Aerobic, Yoga, or Pilates. Do a lot of cardio exercises as well for example running, cycling, rope skipping etc. 

  • When your stomach is upset, try eating crispbread or zwieback and drink herbal tea

  • It may help you to get you back to your everyday routine, normal sleeping and eating habits

A lot of you know the Hangover symptoms, which  typically begin when your blood alcohol drops significantly and is at or near zero. Depending on what and how much you drank, you may notice:


·         Fatigue and weakness

·         Thirst

·         Headaches and muscle aches

·         Nausea, vomiting or stomach pain

·         Increased sensitivity to light and sound

·         Dizziness or a sense of the room spinning

·         Shakiness

A hangover is your body’s response to being poisoned by all those alcohol toxins. It’s telling you that you’ve drunk more booze than you can handle. You probably exacerbated it by drinking on an empty stomach, drinking dark liquors and/or drinking too quickly.