Not too long ago I posted a rant (it’s czech people!) about people on both sides of the political divide in the States calling my home, and the place I love dearly, Czechoslovakia. Which it hasn’t been since January 1, 1993, but that’s okay continue to call it Czechoslovakia… No, no, no! In fact, to help us all out, here is a wiki article, Dissolution of Czechoslovakia, to enlighten us all about the so-called “Velvet Divorce” between, the now, Czech Republic and Slovakia.
I also have a little more to help us in our journey of recognizing this very dear country as the Czech Republic. This week over at Radio Praha, an article was posted, Czechoslovakia, Czech Republic or Czechia – what’s in a name?, that should help us on this journey. Here is one quote that I wanted to share with you:
“Well, there are a couple of aspects to it. One is, that it used to be Czechoslovakia, so there are people who were born in Czechoslovakia and there are people who consider themselves Czechoslovaks. And there are certain agreements and events that actually took place in Czechoslovakia. So when you are talking about Czechoslovakia, you should properly speak about Czechoslovakia. The problem comes when people don’t realise that there was a transition and they think that they are talking about Czechoslovakia and in fact they are talking about the Czech Republic, which is difficult in and of itself, and that is where all the confusion comes in of course.”
I must admit that I know this is a hard one and I can show grace, but there is part of me that feels that its my duty to help many distinguish my new home from a country formerly called Czechoslovakia! Here is a map as well, which should will help us locate where we are in the world here in the Czech Republic.
As you can see we are, probably, the most centrally located country (and Prague is probably the most centrally located city) in all of Europe. We are no where near Former Yugoslavia. Well, I’m off to a staff meeting and prayer… Thanks for stop by zACHhARROD.com for this history/geography lesson!
DisclaimerI hope you pick up my sarcasm and realize that I’m just having some fun, while trying to make a slight point. Thanks for understanding! Blessings…