Hi everyone, I agree with Dana, hugging and saying "Mam te rada" is not common, and when its used it has a meaning. I do hug with my best friend of 10 years, and I tell her sometimes "Mam te rada" and that is when I haven't seen her for longer period, or when I am leaving for longer period. (Same with family, mostly closest family.) And I do it because I mean (I love you as a friend, you are very close to me like a sister, we understand each other well), and because she's been a great friend to me for a long, long time. So Czech people don't hug often but when they do, it has a strong meaning. However, in Slovakia is hugging a lot more common than in Czech Rep. I think most Czech people don't like the hugging, because it just seems phony or fake . When you first meet person I don't see reason why should you hug them? You don't know them and it just is really awkward to hug a stranger. Maybe you won't like them after talking to them and never see them again. Most common is just to show respect by shaking hands while introducing and to smile. Some people will remain strangers to us or distant for a long time or even a lifetime because you know each other only casually and neither side is interested in becoming close friends. As for running to the table, it depends what is the occassion for the meeting, if it is a dinner meeting between close family and friends etc. and they are maybe hungry, that's why they run to the table. However, it is impolite to leave too soon after the meal. But even if they go to the table it doesn't mean you have to serve them right away. You are the host and you decide when you are ready to serve the meal to your guests. Most people though eat first because they have the meal hot and ready and don't won't it to get cold. We don't use microwaves in Czech Republic as much as in U.S.A. and mothers call us to table when meal is hot, and get angry when we don't come and it gets cold as it is extra work for them to warm it up. However, some things are changing as people more travel abroad and become more adjustable to the american or other way. And then it will just become a personal preference. After all you can always ask.