Creating a social network in a foreign language.
One recent Saturday night, my Slovak neighbor threw herself a birthday party. Radek stayed in to mind the kids, and I went to represent the Prucha’s at the party. As evening fell, I raced to get ready and leave the house. I was so eager for a night out, that it didn’t hit me until I stood in my neighbor’s kitchen greeting a room-full of already tipsy Czechs (one Slovak and one Brit turned-Czech), that I’d gotten myself in for a long night of socializing in a different language and with different cultural habits.