a bit about Veronika
What are you working on these days?
I drive several projects in a foundation that supports philanthropy and community development in Czechia. That consumes all of my mental capacity. Meanwhile I am discovering the great neighborhood of Prague – Dejvice – with my friends and dog. I like to shop in local shops, discover hidden corners in parks, drink soy cappuccinos while reading one of my favourite books. I’m trying to work on my meditation practice and still trying to figure out what will by my own future project.
What drives you mad these days?
Our (Czech) president, because I just feel ashamed. Drunk tourists in the city centre, because I just feel ashamed. Dropping waste on the street, because I just feel ashamed.
What makes you happy?
First spring flowers. Fresh tomatoes. Beer outside on warm nights. Candles while its raining outside. Watching storms from my window. Dancing. Doing yoga in mornings. Stalking people on trains. Doing “angels” in the soft snow. Mountains. The sea and ocean. Talking Spanish. Watching falling stars. Petting my dog. Petting any dog. Petting any animal. Listening to old vinyls in my kitchen. Eating, cooking and feeding people (gosh, I just love it some much when someone appreciate my food!)
When was the last time you cried?
I had an argument at work. Yes, even the NGO sector can be quite emotional.
What’s your latest musical obsession?
My musical taste is quite eclectic: at my work or in the evenings I like to listen to old school Czech hip-hop, Leonard Cohen or indie rock music.
What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?
With my boyfriend, I went to see Seasons at the summer cinema. I really liked the forest shots – I was wondering how they did it? It was a good movie if you like nature (that I do) and I personally enjoyed watching it in the summer cinema.
When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?
I try to avoid consumerism and I am getting interested in this slow fashion movement. When I need something, I go to a second hand shop. And yes, if I need something really special, I buy it online – from local designers if possible. I am trying to care where and how were my clothes made.
What’s your go-to café in Prague?
Well since I move to Dejvice, it is definitely the Cafe Alibi. The reason is simple – it’s in the same building I live in.
What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through?
Dejvice and Bubeneč. Or Vršovice where I used to live before. But every Prague neighborhood has something really special – after three years living here still so much to discover!
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Prague but never actually do?
I want to go on a river boat from Prague to Děčín (a city close to the Germany border).
Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?
I do not do heroes, but I really like Czech journalist Martin Veselovský. He has such a clever mind so I would really love to talk to him and get a bit deeper into his thoughts. I would take him to my favourite Vietnamese restaurant because I simply cannot get enough of these yummy summer rolls.
If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?
To the sauna – there’s no better place for rainy days!
If tomorrow was your last day in Prague before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?
With my boyfriend and dog hanging out in a forest.
Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?
Dejvice, obviously. I live here, so there is no need to become a mayor of any other neighborhood.
What’s the spot in Prague you wouldn’t be caught dead in?
Discotheque in the Prague city centre. McDonald’s, KFC and all of these yunk corporate fast foods.
You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?
I would just grab my flatmates and my best friend, buy a bottle of “burčák” (nice fresh wine) and go to a Letná park! I would show my happiness to all Prague.
What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?
Sea. Food. Eating nice food on the seaside.
When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?
In summer it would definitely be the riverside – Avoid Floating Gallery or any other bar on Náplavka. It is just so fresh in the summer evenings and the view on the Prague Castle is simply beautiful. In winter, I would get a couple of drinks at Bio OKO (they have nice beer and I always meet friends when I go there) and then dancing to Palác Akropolis or NoD probably.