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Ostrava is lighting up a Christmas tree

The centre of Ostrava is again full of people. It might be unpleasant elsewhere, but I feel very happy now and here. I am walking through the crowded Masaryk square in Ostrava, which is empty in the other seasons of the year. For many years, Ostrava has been struggling with the problem of having its centre depopulated – people spend time in malls rather than going to the city centre. So, what has attracted so many people to the centre? In a few tens of minutes, a Christmas tree will be lit up.

Richard Kuczinský | 14. 12. 2017 23:02

TEACHER, NANNY OR NURSE?

TEACHER, NANNY OR NURSE?

Although I was sitting in the uncomfortable and the smallest chair ever, I was in a good mood. There were many memories around me, in those painted walls, illustrations and in the kitchen where I used to prepare as a child the best plastic chicken.

I heard well-known noise, something between the clan of the screaming Indians or the herd of elephants. Maybe both. The group of children came into the class and so their teacher. Eva Pišínová.

I listen to her reading a fairy tale, she intoned every character in depth. Some children fell asleep but most of them were annoying. She changed calm voice and shouted at them to be quiet loudly. After she gave them the happy ending, she sat next to me at the round small table. “Sorry, we can begin,” she said with the smile. 

Gabriela Pišínová | 14. 12. 2017 23:00

‘I am not an eco-terrorists, I just want to make cruelty-free cupcakes’ says a vegan

Even from outside and afar one can hear the rush from the industrial looking building that used to be a part of railway station. Once I step in, the place reminds of paradise – it’s packed with food. All kinds of colours and smells, both sweet and savoury. All delicious-looking. The scenery is completed by people leaning over the counters of the stalls, smelling, tasting and discussing. All of them are here for a reason, even though it may differ from one to another. For some it’s curiosity and for some the freedom in finally eating whatever they lay their eyes on – because everything here is vegan.

Vanda Šujanová | 13. 12. 2017 08:15

Kometa is falling down behind the sounds of vulgarism

Fights for bronze tend to be harder than the ones for gold, sometimes. It is also the case of hockey match between Kometa Brno and Oceláři Třinec. Even if it is only the continuous order at stake, not a medal. The Wednesday match had also extremly loud vulgar backdrop. For Kometa it is serious problem this season.

Markéta Lankašová | 12. 12. 2017 14:26

Happy birthday to VIDA! science center in Brno

Happy birthday to VIDA! science center in Brno

I am standing in a huge room filled with all kinds of small educative games, in front of me, I can see the exhibition with small wooden puppets. The whole open space looks like a big playground. Here, everybody can play and learn all day long. Vida science center celebrates third birthday. People celebrate it too, enjoying smart fun in one hundred and seventy interactive expositions divided in four section - Planet, Civilization, Human and Microworld. Vida! center is one of the most visited tourist destination in South Moravia.  If I would be a child, I would probably feel like i heaven.

Aneta Matyšová | 11. 12. 2017 16:50

Prague by the eyes of the homeless: Be careful on every step

Prague by the eyes of the homeless: Be careful on every step

It’s Friday evening on 17th November. The center of Prague is full of people who are celebrating the public holiday. The clock hands are showing exactly 8.30 p.m. I am standing in front of the building of Prague main railway station. With me, there is a group of other twenty people and all of us we are waiting for the unusual guide. We all suspect that this night will be extraordinary. We are looking forward to a night tour with a former prostitute and homeless Karim.

Andrea Šebelová | 11. 12. 2017 16:47

Erasmus participants share their experience with future Erasmus students

Former Erasmus participants have decided not to keep their experience for themselves and handed useful tips about foreign universities over to students from Masaryk University


Andrea Šebelová | 18. 11. 2017 21:49

Barbora Chattova wins first national science slam in Brno with her Antarctic project

A student from Masaryk University attracted audience with her research about penguins and diatoms

 

Brno (mm) - A young botanist Barbora Chattova beat five scientists in the first Czech finale of the science slam and she qualified in the European finals. The show took place in Sono centre in Brno on the 1 November. Spectators received varied information from scientific fields. Competitors told them the way the stars are born or they explained the similarity between a potato field and a quantum field.

Martina Moresová | 13. 11. 2017 23:03

Departures in Critical Qualitative Research Wins Journal of this Month Award

Students can find the October Journal of the Month in e-sources

Jana Zlámalová | 13. 11. 2017 17:44

Alena Macková presents book about role of new media in political communication

Presentation of the new book follows a discussion of five experts on sociology and political science

Richard Kuczinský | 12. 11. 2017 21:43

The journey taught me to work with time. Returning to a hectic presence is difficult, says Foletti

Living in 2017 and also in Middle Ages - is it possible? For Ivan Foletti it is. Don't rejoice, he hasn't invented the time machine (yet). But this year, Foletti with his wife and group of ten students behaved like medieval pilgrims. They walked from Laussane in Switzerland, through Geneva, Lyon, and Reims to Mont-Sain-Michel monastery. Along the way, more than fifteen hundreds of kilometers long, they didn't use any cell phones or navigation.

Markéta Lankašová | 07. 11. 2017 13:20

Through a Canadian-German love-story to living in Brno – a story of Russian student Anastasia Blokhina

Back in Russia, sixteen-year-old Anastasia Blokhina didn’t know what or where to study - she just knew she must move to another country, otherwise she won’t be able to afford a living for herself for another ten or twenty years. Her mother sent her to a Canadian summer school, where she met her future boyfriend from Germany. Since German is a very hard language, Anastasia wanted to go somewhere else. She chose a neighbouring country where a language easier to learn is spoken - the Czech Republic.

Anežka Součková | 29. 10. 2017 20:38

Three homelands for one person: from Middle East to Brno

Moutasem Yousef is a person who can call three countries his home. As many people in Jordan, his ancestors have their roots in Palestine, but Moutasem spent his childhood in Jordan. And the last two years he has been living in Brno. “I am very grateful for this occasion. There are not many things that I miss. I have a flat, work and girlfriend here,” describes the 30-year-old man.

Ondřej Vaculík | 24. 10. 2017 21:39

I came to study in Brno without fear of unknown, says student from France

I came to study in Brno without fear of unknown, says student from France

When I first met twenty-two years old Amaury Dreher, a personable guy with brown hair and slight stubble, he was holding a book of Alexander the Great in his hand. Even though he likes history, he just started to study energy security studies in Master´s degree in Faculty of Social Studies. He plans to live in Brno for two years.

Aneta Matyšová | 24. 10. 2017 21:35

Nick: Czech people seemed envious to me, now I know they are nice

Nick: Czech people seemed envious to me, now I know they are nice

Nicholas Stewart Bain is an optimistic middle–aged man. The British Army and love led him to the Czech republic where he has stayed until now. “I want to be where my daughter lives,” says an ex–member of The Scots Guards.



Martina Moresová | 24. 10. 2017 09:14

Rainy weather? Yes, please, laughs nurse living in Southern England

Rainy weather? Yes, please, laughs nurse living in Southern England

Lucy Šmejdířová is one of the most honest and kindest people I have ever met. That might be the reason why she decided to be an au pair and later nurse. Because of her trusting, talkative, happy and caring personality, she likes to spend her time with those who need her. She is 20 years old but she has already gone through a lot in her life. Lucy was only 18 when she left Slovakia and moved to England. "It totally changed my life," she said after two years. 

Jolana Hanáková | 24. 10. 2017 09:11

I can't imagine my life in America without a car, says a Czech software developer from Silicon Valley

I can't imagine my life in America without a car, says a Czech software developer from Silicon Valley

Nowadays, Jaroslav Čecho goes to his work in a modern electric car Tesla. However, when he moved to Silicon Valley five years ago, he didn't have any car or even a driving licence. “It has been very difficult to live in a country which is designed for cars. A lot of buildings in America don't have any entrance from the street. You can only go inside a building from an underground car park. Even I as a pedestrian had to go to my office through the car park,” says Jaroslav about his beginnings in Silicon Valley.

Jana Zlámalová | 24. 10. 2017 08:50

I miss the changing of the seasons and fried cheese, says British girl

They said that the English people are unfriendly, superficial and arrogant. But these clichés do not apply to Charlotte Mallinson. I had a chance to spend the time with a pretty curly red hair, blue eyes and wide smile. The smile and her honesty give a clue how cheerful, talkative and willing Charlotte is.  “No problem, I like to help you,” she said immediately after a request about interview. 

Andrea Šebelová | 23. 10. 2017 09:51

Czech Republic is my home, but some things only Russia can offer, says Anastasia from Mostar

Czech Republic is my home, but some things only Russia can offer, says Anastasia from Mostar

In the very beginning, she was excited about moving to foreign country, she wanted to explore it and make new friends there. She realized immediately that it wouldn´t be easy to fit in another culture and understand those strange unfashionable people.However, her family made it, they built a new home in Brno, 3500 miles far from their birthplace. Twelve years old Anastasia Kriushenko and her family settled down in the Czech Republic, a land they had never heard about before.

Gabriela Pišínová | 23. 10. 2017 09:51

I was looking forward to eating Czech dumplings, says Maria

I was looking forward to eating Czech dumplings, says Maria

A twenty-two-year-old student Maria Wojdyga is from Gdaňsk, one of the biggest and oldest cities in Poland. She decided to study in the Czech Republic and try a student live in Brno for a few months.

Aneta Chytková | 21. 10. 2017 18:09

People in Brno are so diverse, says student from Slovakia

People in Brno are so diverse, says student from Slovakia

Kristian Xavér Kirnág is a Slovak student of journalism and Economic Policy at Masaryk University. He has decided to study in the Czech Republic because the quality of Czech universities is better compared to Slovak ones. He has been living in Brno for one year and he's absolutely contented. He has everything what he needs for his life here.

Richard Kuczinský | 20. 10. 2017 18:30

Being a scout is not at all about making a fire with two stones, says one of them

Being a scout is not at all about making a fire with two stones, says one of them

When Nermin Jukan shows me a scout poster with a tree, a boy and houses on it, I do not exactly know what I am looking at. Then he begins explaining what I should notice and why is it important – and I feel like I am talking to a very passionate kid rather than to a 22-years-old student of Informatics. We met in Brno, Czech Republic, where he came to study through the Erasmus programme from Slovenia. He knew we were going to talk about scouts, so he chose a propriate place and time to meet, a park filled with playing children on a sunny day.

Vanda Šujanová | 20. 10. 2017 18:28

I like, you like, we like. And just for us.

I like, you like, we like. And just for us.

When Facebook added a "like" button to their website in 2009, Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg said: “it's a very easy and simple way how to tell our friends that we like their post.” But when we think about it, it is a rather generalizing assertion. Why are we clicking on “Like” button and what do we want to say with that? Aren't there more reasons than just a single one? Is it because we feel amused or we want to improve our reputation or to express our opinion? A lot of people have been asking those questions for years. Scientists say it's too early to examine what Facebook and social networks are doing with us. However, this doesn’t mean that we can’t think about the reason why we use them at all.

 

Klára Procházková | 22. 05. 2017 23:03

Silent Happeness Painful Screams

Silent Happeness Painful Screams

I went to a shopping mall for no specific reason. I only wanted to  spend a little time outside before going home. My friend Deniz and I (we have known each other since childhood) attended an event for deaf people that day. The event was very good  and I had met new people, had  spent joyful time with new people and I had learned something new about deaf people‘s life. I even saw a guy that I was interested in years before in the event.


 

Selvi Misir | 22. 05. 2017 08:24

To live with psoriasis? The illness steals everything – including strength of will and self-confidence

To live with psoriasis? The illness steals everything – including strength of will and self-confidence

Sitting in a coffeehouse, she is about to take off her sweater. It is tough for her, but it's May 5th and she wants to celebrate the Skin Day. The date is referring to the natural pH of healthy skin, which is 5.5. Although the spring is in its half, suddenly it snows around her. But the white snowflakes are not ice. Those are the small particles of herself, which are falling down. It is because Sára K., 25-year-old, suffers from psoriasis, one of the most common skin diseases in the Czech Republic.

Simona Zpěváková | 21. 05. 2017 19:00

It hurts but it is worth it

It hurts but it is worth it

There are a lot of people, some of them are stretching, some of them are bouncing. But everybody is preparing for their race at Masaryk run 2017. I can feel the growing adrenalin all around me and definitely the determination to give the best result.

Kotulová Martina | 18. 05. 2017 21:15

The Moravian Karst: revealing the extraordinary of the ordinary

The Moravian Karst: revealing the extraordinary of the ordinary

It is very humid here, but in a good way; it gives that fresh-air feeling, which is weird, because I am literally underground. Well, in a cave to be precise.

Ruta Draskinyte | 18. 05. 2017 21:14

Not Everyone Leaves College with Degree

Nearly half of Masaryk University students do not finish their studies. One of them is Bohdana Gillíková, a 20-year-old woman who dropped out of college after her first semester. 

Gillíková Kristýna | 18. 05. 2017 16:52

Dumpster-diving. Will finally end wasting with food?

Dumpster-diving. Will finally end wasting with food?

This idea of an alternative way of life has has been appearing in the Czech Republic. This original lifestyle came to our land from Western countries. And what is it all about? The idea of dumpster-diving is really easy. People are wasting food a lot especially in developed countries. Restaurants and supermarkets also play its role in a food wasting. They are throwing a lot of edible food to containers and bins. But there are people who trying to save this food and eat it on their own or give it to other people.

Matěj Maděra | 17. 05. 2017 13:54