Michael George moved to Czechoslovakia in September 1992. Originally a rancher from Wyoming, he now teaches at Masaryk University. It was his curiosity of revolutions that brought him to the post-totalitarian Brno.
What expats say
The British author of The Glass Room inspired by the Villa Tugendhat will help judge The Brno Short Story Writing Contest. “For aspiring writers I have two pieces of advice,” he says.
Soheil Shadloo is a young musician from Iran. There he could only fantasize about having a band, now in Brno he has one. “If you have faith in something, you will get it.”
Yuko focuses on modern Romani music in her PhD studies. She also teaches Japanese and calligraphy – the “relaxing and meditative” art of writing. And Czechs could use a little bit of meditating.
You go to work and somebody baked a cake: it’s home-made, you have to try it. When it comes to Christmas, it is even worse. In Tanzania, we only eat sweets on special occassions.
She is bohemian. Always chic, a vegetarian who wants to eat local, goes to galleries and stays at the Alliance francaise after hours to play the piano. Oh, and she is a directrice of that place. All that at age 27…. Full story
Electrical engineer Róbert Heves (30) was born in south-west Slovakia to a Hungarian family. At home and school he only spoke Hungarian, in the streets Slovak. Now he speaks fluent Czech, which “just somehow has stuck” to him. To Brno he came to study, and the… Full story
Aanan Khurma (age 27) from India spent three months in Brno developing a device that simplifies hospital hand hygiene in the startup accelerator StarCube. Together with his teammates he won the last month’s StarCube show. Aanan talks about his desire… Full story