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Our last meeting

So, yesterday we met last time:( And we summarised all of our stories. It was great experience for me, to talk with people from other countries, heard their stories about their citizens,nature, traditions, cuisine. Even if u go to Czech Republic or Hong Kong as a tourist- you never can not see it like citizens of countries. Big thanks to girls that they gave me this interesting chance to know their culture:)

9th meeting: society

Our 9th meeting was at the 27th of November.

It was interesting conversation about people, their behaviour and lifes in Hong Kong and Czech Republic.

Czech people are very specific nation. May be it is because they have democracy just 26 years and lot of people recall to older times. However new generation prefere freedom, travelling around the world.They drink on of the most alcohol in the world, lot of beer and just enjoing life.  On the other hand there are lot of interesting and intelligent people, profesors, scientists, politics – maybe you know Václav Havel, lot of famous sportsman like hockey player “Jaromír Jágr” and also lot of artists. Czech Republic is also very atheist country. I think there is big difference between small villages where people live more in past and between big cities, where lot of people study and going abroad and live more about future:) and here you can see czech frequent faux pas – sock in the summer shoes.)

 

Hong Kong is big city, the wealth gap is super far apart. Gini coefficient is 0.7. Poor people have a lot of problem especially with flats. The Price for each flat per month for renting is at least cost 350 euro ; basically they paying nearly half of the salary for the rent.
Second the democracy, you may know that last year Hong Kong had the umbrella movement about stiking the true election.

I heard a lot about nature, nice places, some national food etc. So this conversation was interesting for me because it is important to hear what citizens think about their cities and how they see it.

8th meeting: nature and national parks

Our 8th meeting was at the 24th of November. We discussed nature of our countries.

Czech Republic has got 4 national parks. The most famous and the biggest is national park “Šumava”. This park was established in 1991 and its area is 944.8 km2. The highest mountain is called “sněžka” and its from word snow, because in czech the snow is “sníh” and sněžka is word form of it .

Hong Kong is on the costal area and it has a lot special nature screary . For example the hexagon stone. It can only be found in Hong Kong and Ireland. We have a lot of country park for hiking and leisure. For the hexagon stone is already part of World Nature Heritage.
Hong Kong havs a lot of islands for relaxing. One of Jenny`s favourite island is called the Lantau. It have a lot of beach and a fantastic cycling trait. The local have a lot of amazing food. Her favourite desert is mango desert, it is also a must to try when you are there.
Beach is also fantasic there. In summer, many people will go and swim or BBQ.

After their stories I really want to see this beautiful nature by myself and may be sometime I will do it:)

 

 

7th meeting:our cities and favourite places

Our 7th meeting was at the 22th of November and we discussed our cities and favourite places.

We met at evening and it was already too dark for good photos but we tried:)

So,Martina lives in Brno. She likes it  because its quite big but not capital city.There are everything like in Prague, good restaurants, good bars, shops, cafés, lot of interesting places and also its called “student city” because there are lot of students.Her house is few minutes near “Vila tugendhat”(it is unesco building). It has very modern architecture. Her favourite place is “Petrov”, it is a hill with church and there is lot of restaurants and  restaurant called “Piazza” in main square “náměstí Svobody” and they cook italian meals, pizza and lot of fish. She think that  Brno should be important city for future, because it is technology center in Czech republic and lot of companies are opening their offices rather in Brno than Prague.

And Jenny is from Hong Kong and she show us her city.

        

It is really different, a lot of huge buildings with glass and modern architecture.  In Saint-Petersburg city center no buildings with modern architecture and higher than 6 floors, because city government has got politics that city center should be historical.

This meeting was interesting for me because I never have been in Brno or Hong Kong and it is nice to see how citizens saw their cities.

 

6th meeting: Christmas

Our 6th meeting was at the 20th of November and it was about Christmas:)

Christmas in our countries are not the same.Czech Republic and Hong Kong celebrate Christmas at the 24th of December, we celebrate Christmas in Russia at the 7th of January.

Christmas in Czech Republic is named Štědrý den, it means “Generous Day”.Dinner is

Vánočka, Czech Christmas Bread

served after sunset (traditionally, it should not be served until after the first star has come out) and consists of carp and potato salad, sometimes preceded by mushroom, sauerkraut or fish soup.

A traditional Christmas bread called vánočka (similar to the Jewish challa).

Czech children believe that Christmas gifts are brought by Baby Jesus (Ježíšek) who comes into the room through the window to leave the presents. Unlike Santa Claus, Baby Jesus is a rather abstract figure with no particular physical image attached to him, and no one knows where he lives. Just like Santa though, he receives wish-list letters from Czech children a few weeks before Christmas.

And this is traditional czech songs for Christmas.

This meeting was interesting for me because traditions areso different in our countries

4 th meeting: cuisine

Our 4th meeting was at the 15th of November. We told about traditional food:)

The body of Czech meals typically consists of two or more courses; the first course is traditionally soup, the second course is the main dish, and the third course can include supplementary courses, such as dessert or  compote. In Czech cuisine, thick soups and many kinds of sauces, both based on stewed or cooked vegetables and meats, often with cream, as well as baked meats with natural sauces, are popular dishes.

Also Czech Republic is famous because of its beer. Beer has a long history in what is now the Czech Republic, with brewing taking place in Břevnov Monastery in 993. The city of Brno had the right to brew beer from the 12th century while Plzeň and České Budějovice, Pilsen and Budweis in German, had breweries in the 13th century.

So, Jenny told us about Hong Kong cuisine. This cuisine is totally different.

At least 98% of the residents in Hong Kong are Chinese, either Cantonese, Teochew, Hakka, or Shanghainese.

Many enjoy a traditional breakfast that includes congee (rice porridge) and yau cha kwai (oil fried bread sticks). However, western breakfasts that include bread, sausage, pancakes, and eggs are becoming more popular.

For mid-day and evening meals, most people serve Chinese food with rice in their homes. Some of the most common ingredients used in Cantonese cuisines include shiitake mushrooms, Chinese cabbage, salted duck eggs, kai-lan, red beans, dried shrimp, hoisin sauce, dried scallops, jujube, and lotus seeds.

Steamed shrimp dumplingsPhoenix talons

3rd meeting

Today was my third meeting with Martina and Jenny.

Jenny told us about Cantonese pop music,it was intersting to listen music, but hard to understand words:)

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Martina told us about her city Brno and show some popular sights.
Brno is the second-largest city in Czech Republic and it is a bit different than the capital of the country Prague.

This black strange sculpture is a clock and popular place for meeting in Brno.

The second is horse rider. It is gold sculpture of the man on the horse with really long legs:)

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And also she show us her home universities

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