prague open

photo courtesy of sports.cz

Prague hosts one of the most attractive sporting activities starting tomorrow (21.5-25.5)!  Historically, it’s the first time top women’s beach volleyball teams make an appearance in Prague.  The tournament starts tomorrow with a qualification round, where 26 (3 Czech teams) teams battle it out, for 8 spots to the main draw. [Qualification results]

Within the main draw, you will see pool play followed by single elimination knock out.  Implemented in 2013, the format of all the FIVB Beach Volleyball international tournaments have been unified – whether FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, FIVB Beach Volleyball Grand Slam or FIVB Beach Volleyball Open.


Photo: Courtesy of FIVB Slukova against Ludwig

Photo: Courtesy of FIVB
Slukova against Ludwig

Out of the 24 teams already within the main draw, top seeded German team Laura Ludwig/Kira Walkenhorst are coming straight from a big gold medal win at the FIVB Grand Slam held in Shanghai, China a couple of weeks ago.  The Silver medalists, a Chinese Team Fan Wang/Yan Yue are also making an appearance (Seeded 7th in the main draw).  You can see Czech Olympians Kristyna Kolocova/Marketa Slukova in action, placing 5th at the 2012 Summer Olympics (Seeded 6th in the main draw).  Additional two Czech teams are also in the main draw [Main Draw Teams – full list]

The main draw pool play starts on Thursday, single elimination on Friday and you can see great quarter-final and semi-final matches on Saturday, with the big finale on Sunday. [Full schedule]

Main Event Page
Main Draw Results [updated once main draw starts]

Kolocova / Slukova @ Olympics 2012

Kolocova / Slukova @ Olympics 2012


Czech Teams’ Fan Pages:
Kolocova/Slukova official website / FB site
Hermannova/Bonnerova official website / FB site
Galova/Tresnakova official website / FB site
Zolnercikova/Jakubsova  FB site



Don’t miss this awesome event!  Free entrance!

rawfoodIf you are a raw food lover, plan on attending the 1st annual Raw Food Festival.  Get inspired with recipes, food preparation, wide sortiment of raw products and much more.  Don’t know what raw food is?  Don’t worry you can learn about it on the spot, and enjoy other entertainment awaiting you on 24.5 in Běchovice. Where: Podnikatelská 566, Praha 9 – Běchovice Entrance:  pre-purchased tickets are 180 Kč  / 230 Kč on the spot; Kids under 12 enter for free Official Website FB Page
burton The World of Tim Burton Exhibition opened at the House of the Stone Bells this past week in Prague.  Inspired by Karel Zeman’s films,  Tim Burton shows 150 articles from his personal archives and can be seen until August 3rd.  If you plan on going to Tim Burton’sPrague exhibition, it may be worth getting a glimpse of Zeman’s Fantasy world at a museum dedicated to his life’s work as well. Tim Burton Exhibition official site Karel Zeman Museum  

Prague Castle Offers Free Entry

March 13th, 2014 | Posted by Karolinad in Entertainment | Us | What's Happening Prague - (Comments Off)
Prague   On March 29th (saturday), you can enjoy the Wenceslas Cathedral, Golden Lane and Wallenstein Palace with a free entrance as a part of the summer season launch.  Free entrance is from 10 am until 4pm.  More information can be found here.  Don’t miss it!

TEFL_in_Prague_astronomical_clock_skeletonIt is not only absinthe that brings on dark hallucinations in Prague.

If you look closely as the famous astronomical clock on the south wall of the Old Town City Hall, you will make out a skeleton representing death among the gothic sculptures.

A Czech local can tell you, with a twinkle in their eye, a bloody story of the clock’s creator, Jan Růže.

They might say that the counselors of Prague had Jan Růže’s eyes gouged out, so he would be unable to recreate similar marvels around Europe. And Jan Růže threw himself into the clock’s vast wheels and his mutilated bones splintered throughout the 365 cogs, stopping it working for hundreds of years.

It will seem fitting, if you dare to enter the Museum of Medieval Torture, or the Old Jewish Cemetery in the haunted dusk.
But history has many variations, and if you take an official tour of the Old Town City Hall, you might behold a lighter side of Prague.


Your guide will point out the figures of the apostles that adorn the astronomical clock. He will tell you that its mechanics and astronomical dial were created by Mikuláš of Kadaň and Jan Šindel, and that it was first repaired after 142 years of working order by Jan Taborský, a clock-master of Orloj.

If you dare to ask about Jan Růže, you guide will shake his head and tell you the story is a historical mistake, that it was fabricated by a Czech author of historical novels and plays called Alois JirÃsek.

You can look up Alois JirÃsek’s account of Jan Růže, which involves a hot poker and a blind Jan Růže breaking the clock’s mechanics; and his heart stopping at the same time as his beloved clock, so that the knowledge of how to repair it died with him.

Then you will have to decide which story to believe and what version of history matters most when we travel to foreign lands, the one written in history books, or the tales that stay in the hearts of the local people who inhabit them.

Jessica Lucy is an Australian freelance writer and novelist based in New York City