„An average Englishman“, told us one day our English teacher, who lived few months in the United Kingdom, „don't know at all where the Czech Republic is.“ She said she likes Englishmen, but she also said they are not very good at knowing other countries. „One woman asked me: ,Are you injured by the pictures from Chechnya?' ,Why should I be injured by them? I'm from the Czech Republic, I'm not from Chechnya!' ,Well, the Czech Republic is near Chechnya, isn't it?'“, told she us another story. Of course we can't judge all Englishmen from this woman, but I heard we are really not very known there. This is quite painful for me as for a Czech, because there fought more than 500 Czech and Slovak pilots in the Royal Air Force and a lot of them were appraised for their bravery and the counts of destroyed German aeroplanes. I say to myself: are Czechs really so uninteresting? Is there nothing to see in the Czech Republic? Is not Czech culture rich enough? Are there not Czech scientors, who changed the world forever (like Johann Gregor Mendel)? I personally am no scientor or war hero or music composer or architect, but I think I can be proud of my country, as foreigners are proud of their countries. I don't know the situation in France, countries of Benelux, Spain, Italy, Russia, Austria etc. I trust we are quite known in Germany, especially in the eastern parts and I think it's also not bad in the United States of America, because the most of non-Czech people hire are Americans. There are also such Americans, like Scrimshaw, who learn Czech language and are very good at it. But back to what I was speaking about. What do you think about it? Is the Czech Republic known for average people in your nation? How well, what do they think about it? Is it just a little non-interesting poor country in Eastern Europe, or does the name have some respect? Or are they just not interested in that? Czechs are very proud of Prague - but is Prague as known as London, Paris, Moscow, Madrid, Berlin, Vienna, Roma, Athens, Budapest? And Czechs, who know the situation in other countries well, what do you think? Of course, sometimes also Czechs don't know other countries well, especially countries easterly from the Czech Republic. But it's for another topic.