There's not much in the way of consumer protection in the Czech Republic and believe me that thirteen years after the fall of communism the consumer still needs a lot of protection. Most of us are still so impressed by the incredible variety of goods available that we are happy to overlook a buy that does not quite meet our expectations.
Imagine coming home to your flat to find it has been invaded by 500 bats. No, that's not the latest horror movie - it is a real life story that happened to a woman in Plzen, west Bohemia. Who won the Man of the Year contest in the Czech Republic? And, the police in Pribram are investigating the theft of one of their colleagues - who may be gracing someone's garden. Find out more in this week's Magazine with Daniela Lazarova.
The Czech Tourist Authority has launched a campaign to encourage Czechs not to go abroad on their holidays but rather spend their vacations in the many remarkable places their home country has to offer. As part of the "Beautiful Country" project, Czech celebrities are cycling 1,500 km to encourage people to "discover home".
From spring to autumn, Fridays are typically the days with the busiest traffic in Prague. The reason is that many people like to spend the weekend outside Prague, at their weekend houses or cottages, away in the country. And even if they use other means of transport to get to work on other days, on Friday they will take their car and leave for the country straight from work after their shift ends, and sometimes even a little earlier.
The summer holidays turned sour for 300 Czechs who arrived in Croatia on Saturday, only to find out that their travel agency had not arranged their stay in hotels, or their journey back. According to a 1999 law, insurance against bankruptcy is obligatory for travel agencies. Nevertheless, every year a certain number of Czech tourists find themselves abandoned in foreign countries. The case of the Harmonie Medical travel agency is not the first, and most likely not the last, this year.
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