‘Goodbye and Thank You, California’ – From Pavel

Pavel Navrátil, my Czech daughter-in-law’s younger brother who stayed with Bruce and me for five weeks, returned to his home in the Czech Republic one month ago.

While he was here he created his first slide show of his California trip.

He taught us how to make Beer Chicken.

And he was so patient with our pitiful grasp of the Czech language.

Pavel even made a list of Czech words that are similar in English, such as robot (Czechs get all the credit for it), drama, culture, museum, disco, opera, orchestra, humor, lemonade, mechanic, tennis, serial, program, piano, Pacific, ocean, normal, traditional, alarm, applause, fantastic, guitar, galley, relax, nose, doctor, cigarette, microphone, television, telephone, detective, map, architect, ballet, balcony, horror, comedy, radio, lamp, team, atmosphere, and others.

If you ever find yourself in the Czech Republic, you’ll be very glad to know these words, almost as glad as we are to know Pavel.

In the meantime, Pavel says “Dekuji” to all of us in California: “Thank you.”

Doni Chamberlain

Independent online journalist Doni Chamberlain founded A News Cafe in 2007 with her son, Joe Domke. Chamberlain holds a Bachelor's Degree in journalism from CSU, Chico. She's an award-winning newspaper opinion columnist, feature and food writer recognized by the Associated Press, the California Newspaper Publishers Association and E.W. Scripps. She's been featured and quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Washington Post, L.A. Times, Slate, Bloomberg News and on CNN, KQED and KPFA. She lives in Redding, California.

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