“I sometimes think that people’s hearts are like deep wells. Nobody knows what’s at the bottom. All you can do is imagine by what comes floating to the surface every once in a while.”—~ Haruki Murakami (via gatekeeper)
Czech beer (lager) is considered to be among the best in the world. This is not surprising, given that the Czechs invented lager. It was first produced by the Mestansky Pivovar (town brewery) of Pilsen in 1842. At the time, glass had recently started to be used as drinking vessel and the golden colour of the newly processed lager became quickly more attractive than the muddy brown traditional ales. The Czechs brewing process was imitated throughout Europe and, eventually, the world.
IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC THERE ARE MANY PARTICULARITIES SURROUNDING BEER DRINKING.
The waiter will bring you beers without being asked, until you say “zaplatim” (meaning that you’re ready to pay). Don’t share a beer, don’t finish someone’s beer and don’t pour beer from on glass to another.
In the Czech Republic, toasting and drinking are taken very seriously. The common toast is : Na zdrav�! (To your health!). You should look into the eyes of the person you are toasting and do not break eye contact until the moment you place your glass down.
Beer & drinking etiquette in Czech Republic: Don’t go to the bar to order. Sit and you will be served. Don’t pour the dregs of an old beer into a fresh one. This dishonours the beer. Beer usually accompanies meals. Drinks will usually come out onto the table, along with snacks, during business meeting, at virtually any time of day, including first thing in the morning. Don’t get upset if someone brings you a beer you haven’t ordered. The more you drink, the more you will be offered to drink. While the waiters will usually ask if you want another for the first couple of rounds, as soon as it looks like you’re settling in, they may start dumping beers in front of you every time you’re getting a bit low. Either say � Zaplatim � or put your beer mat on top of your beer to show you are done.
“Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were. In her face were too sharply blended the delicate features of her mother, a Coast aristocrat of French descent, and the heavy ones of her florid Irish father. But it was an arresting face, pointed of chin, square of jaw. Her eyes were pale green without a touch of hazel, starred with bristly black lashes and slightly tilted at the ends. Above them, her thick black brows slanted upward, cutting a startling oblique line in her magnolia-white skin - that skin so prized by Southern women and so carefully guarded with bonnets, veils, and mittens against hot Georgia suns.”—Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind (via first-lines)
“Antes trataba de ser un gran ejemplo para la familia, los amigos. Ahora ya se que es una manera un poco antigua de pensar, que los que te conocen te conocen más allá de lo que digan. Ya casi no sos vos: hay una que está ahí, otra. Aprender eso lleva un tiempo y nadie te enseña.”—Carla Peterson en Viva
IN BELGIUM AND FRANCE, SLAPPING THE BACK OF THE WRIST MEANS "LET'S GO"
A firm tap on the hand is used to express « lets go », or « go away » particularly in France and Belgium.
Origin : This gesture could symbolise the knife which cuts the hand of a thief and expresses « this is what you can expect as your punishment before going to jail ». This forced departure of a burglar could be the symbolic origin of this « get off », in its modern version.
Regions : it can also be seen in parts of Spain, Italy, Tunisia, Ex-Yougoslavia and Greece.