Skip to Content

Click on a label to read posts from that part of the world.

Map of the world

Savvy Traveler: Let Czechoslovakia Die, Please

It has been 14 painful years for me since Czechoslovakia broke up in what they called a "Velvet Divorce". Not so velvet for me.

Since January 1, 1993, I have been trying to patiently teach everyone outside the country to learn to love the sound of "Czech Republic" and "Slovak Republic". I know, I know. It doesn't quite come out as easily but please, don't make me suffer any longer.

See what I have to go through on a daily basis:

"I can detect an accent. Where are you from?"

"Czech Republic."

"Ah, Czechoslovakia."

"Well, it's actually the Czech and Slovakia now. The country split up in 1993."

"Oh, I see. So, in Czechoslovakia, do you have indoor plumbing?"

Well, OK. It's not quite that bad but it often comes close. Sometimes, when I travel I just tell people I am from Iceland so I don't have to put up with the whole routine of "Czechoslovakia" any more. Please, let the nonexistent country die a velvet death.

Filed under: Arts and Culture, Europe, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Savvy Traveler

Find Your Hotel

City name or airport
POWERED BY
City name or airport
City name or airport
POWERED BY
City name or airport
City name or airport
POWERED BY
City name or airport code
If different
POWERED BY
POWERED BY

Search Travel Deals

Reader Comments (Page 1 of 1)

Gadling Features


Most Popular

Categories

Become our Fan on Facebook!

Featured Galleries (view all)

Berlin's Abandoned Tempelhof Airport
The Junk Cars of Cleveland, New Mexico
United Airlines 787 Inaugural Flight
Ghosts of War: France
New Mexico's International Symposium Of Electronic Arts
Valley of Roses, Morocco
The Southern Road
United Dreamliner Interior
United Dreamliner Exterior

Our Writers

Don George

Features Editor

RSS Feed

View more Writers

Weird News

DailyFinance

FOXNews Travel

Engadget

Sherman's Travel

Lonely Planet

New York Times Travel

Joystiq