Welcome to the Czech Republic!

The weather in Czech Republic is not as changeable as the Britain’s. There are quite visible temperature differences between the four year seasons – sprig, summer, autumn and winter. The summer is much more warm then winter. The temperatures are about 20°C and when it’s very hot the temperature can be more than 30°C. Usually it’s sunny but it can also be rainy, cloudy, foggy or windy. In winter is usually very cold. The temperatures are about –10°C. It is usually snowy and cloudy but it can also be raining. Autumn and spring are transition periods between summer and winter. Spring is usually warmer and happier the autumn.
The currency in Czech is Czech Crown (Kč), which is divided into 100 hellers. You can change money in banks, at airports and at some hypermarkets. Look for the name “Směnárna” or “Exchange”. Credit cards are accepted in some shops, some restaurants and petrol stations.
Shops are usually opened from 8 a. m. to 6 p. m. or 7 p. m. from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays are shops opened from 8 or 9 a. m. to 11 a. m. or 12 p. m. On Sundays are shops closed except of Večerkas, NON-STOP shops and some exceptions. Banks are opened from ____________ to ___________ Monday to Friday. Most of them have cash machines for getting money during the whole day. Museums and art galleries are opened from Tuesday to Sunday from ___________ to ___________. On Mondays they are usually closed.
You can make international call from any phone in Czech Republic, also from the public phones. In these you will need coins or phone cards. You can buy phone cards with 50, 100 or 150 units. You can buy them in various shops marked with sign “Phone cards sold here”.
All cities have buses and trains. The bigger ones have also taxis, trams or trolleybuses. In Prague there is also a metro. For longer journey is traveling by train better but a bit more expensive then going by coach. If you are from Britain, Australia or another country where cars drive on left you should be careful when crossing th road because in Czech Republic cars go on the right side.
Cigarettes are quite expensive in Czech Republic and you can’t buy them until you are 1__. You are not allowed to smoke in cinemas, banks, post offices and many other public places. If you want to smoke ask the other people if you can.
People usually only shake their hands when they are introduced for the firs time. At other time they say only hello, good afternoon or just hi (ahoj, dobrý den, čau). Teenagers don’t shake hands between them. As a greeting they say hello or hi.

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