I really would like to know this. I imagine that Czechs (like other Europeans) have a lot of negative pre-conceived notions of what we are like. For instance, my Czech friend was surprised that I was American and not fat. He was also surprised by my interest in the CR and other things as well. I think he is too polite to give me the unvarnished truth so I am trusting fellow members to tell me how it really is. Maybe then I will understand why the snickering from the young female hotel clerks where I was staying. Fortunately, I had better reactions from the men. Thanks for any insights on this.