The Czech obsession with getting away for the weekend to the family cottage in the countryside or cabin in the mountains began to take root in the 1920s and reached a fever pitch in the final decades of communist rule. Escaping to one's own 'chata' -- a simple cottage, typically located next to a forest or river and built from scratch by the family without professional help -- was, for many, a vital reprieve not just from cramped apartment life, but from collective society. Today, the Czechs boast the highest per capita number of weekend houses
The average Czech has more pocket money than his or her neighbours in fellow post-communist countries like Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary. But according to a new survey out this week, there is a growing East-West divide within the Czech Republic itself, and concern that a "two-speed" economy is developing.
This week in Mailbox: audio problems in Radio Prague broadcasts; hurricane Katrina; winner of August competition. Listeners quoted: David Eldridge, England; Russ, US; Roberto Alvarez-Galloso, US; Henrik Klementz, Sweden; Gina Cenkl, US; Teodor Shepertycki, Canada; Mary Lou Krenek, US; Don Schumann, US; Amela Omerspahic-Jakubovic, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Jana Ciglerová: Americans say their lives are fantastic, Czechs say everything is terrible – neither is true
Study: Demand for new flats in Prague set to keep outstripping supply
“There is good, better and then there is the USSR.” – New book depicts life in communist Czechoslovakia through memories of people who experienced it
CzechTourism head hints attracting tourists no longer agency’s main goal
‘The fat lady sings’: Prague’s State Opera marks restoration to former glory with gala concert