Ricky Yates - an Anglican in Prague

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Ricky Yates - an Anglican in Prague
I moved to Prague to become Chaplain to the English-speaking Anglican Episcopal congregation here in the Czech Republic. This blog is my attempt to reflect on ministering to English-speakers.
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  • Another insight into Czech life and culture 1 week ago The rocks and forests of the Czech countryside © Ricky Yates Yesterday, I officiated at the burial of ashes of two people, a husband and wife, into the family grave. Whilst this is something I would quite regularly do when Rector of a group of North Oxfordshire villages, this was the first time of...
  • A little change for the better 1 week ago Before © Ricky Yates The photograph on the left, shows the top of the organ in Kostel sv Kliment/St. Clement’s Church, as it was until August 2014, and as it had been for all of the previously nearly six years I’ve been Chaplain to the English-speaking Anglican congregation in Prague. At the...
  • Ceský Ráj 2 weeks ago The view from Drábské svetnicky © Ricky Yates         Ceský Ráj, which literally translates into English as ‘Czech Paradise’ or ‘Bohemian Paradise’, is beautiful area of sandstone rocks and forests lying between 70-100 kilometres north east of Prague. Yesterday, on my first proper...
  • The 2014 Eastern Archdeaconry Synod in Prague 3 weeks ago St. Clement’s Anglican Episcopal Church, Prague © Ricky Yates As I explained at the end of my post about the 2013 Eastern Archdeaconry Synod, the Prague Anglican Chaplaincy volunteered to host the 2014 Synod meeting. It was held last week between Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th September and I...
  • Since my return from Switzerland...... 4 weeks ago My worn-out boots © Ricky Yates Five weeks ago today, I returned to Prague after spending a wonderful two weeks accompanying Sybille on her pilgrimage from Prague to Santiago de Compostela, walking with her across Switzerland. Since returning, I have successfully written and posted seven blog...

ExpatsBlog.com Expat Blog Awards 2012: Czech Republic Bronze Award!

This blog won the Bronze Award for best expat blog in Czech Republic!

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Website Reviews » There are 24 reviews on Ricky Yates - an Anglican in Prague

Girl In Czechland
15:46 PM November 18, 2012

Detailed, informative, intelligent and entertaining are the adjectives which spring to mind. What more could readers of the blogosphere searching for a contemporary perspective on life in the Czech Republic as an expat ask for? Given my own experience as one half of an Anglo-Czech expat couple, I've enjoyed reading about the weddings Ricky has officiated at the most. A big thumbs up!

Karen
17:04 PM November 18, 2012

Ricky was my Prague chaplain when I attended St. Clement's English-language church in Old Town, Prague. I love his blog! He comments on church matters, expat life in the Czech Republic, his travels, etc. It's a terrific read with wide readership and he gets lots of comments on his blog because he has such a wide community.

Benedikt F.
21:58 PM November 28, 2012

The blog always tells interesting stories, written with an astounding attention to detail. The blog is always insightful and smart, as smart and intelligent as its author!

Helva
22:42 PM November 28, 2012

Fascinating accounts of life in Prague, and visits to other places. For those of us not so widely travelled they're windows on a world we would otherwise not encounter, and Ricky describes things so well - and the photographs are brilliant, too. Although not yet a blogger myself (intending to start, but...) he is a great inspiration and an example to follow. A most worthy contestant for the top award.

Annmucc
06:01 AM November 29, 2012

This is an excellent blog about what it is like in Prague! It is amazing (and weird?) when I read something Ricky Yates wrote and think "I could have written exactly the same when I lived in Prague!" Except I could not have done it anywhere as intelligently, eloquently or interesting (and a multitude of other similar adjectives!) as he does.

Mike In Bohemia
07:49 AM November 29, 2012

As a long-time English expat in Czecho I enjoy this blog very much. It is interesting, informative, well-written, respectfully humourous and balanced, and gives great insights into engaged Czech expat life as well as the culture, history and places of interest in the whole republic. Ricky answers comments promptly, often triggering interesting exchanges. This blog has my vote :-)

Gormie
11:30 AM November 29, 2012

One of the best expat blogs I know.

Michael & Karin
11:46 AM November 29, 2012

Yes, when we want a touch of expat life in Prague we turn to Ricky's blog. The quality of the writing is a big plus and the reader can rely on his accuracy, which is uncommon in the blogsphere.

Sher
16:57 PM November 29, 2012

Ricky's blog is an excellent take on life in Prague. I've lived here for 6 years, and Ricky captures the sublime and the "aburdistan" of life not only in Prague, but in the Czech Republic. I highly recommend Ricky's blog if you'd like to get a taste life expat life in Prague and the Czech Republic!

Stephen Morris
23:21 PM November 29, 2012

Ricky's blog is an excellent guide to ex-pat life in Prague, one of my all-time favorite cities! His blog helps me keep in touch with this beautiful, marvellous place in between visits! He describes wonderful, out-of-the way corners as well as articulates the love we have for this great city!

Perpetua
20:25 PM December 01, 2012

Ricky was my Rector when I worked in Oxford Diocese, so ever since he came to Prague to be Chaplain there, I have followed his blog with interest and enjoyment. It is so informative and well written and illustrated that when I visited Prague two years running to act as Locum Chaplain, I already felt that I knew a lot about the city and the culture, instead of arriving as a stranger to both. A very well-deserved nomination and hopefully a worthy winner!

Pearl Of Tyburn
23:45 PM December 06, 2012

I enjoy reading Ricky Yates's blog because he brings up a variety of fascinating subjects, including the ups and downs of life as a British ex-pat, international politics, and religious happenings. In addition, he always supplies some lovely photos of the Czech Republic and beyond for the perusal of his readers. Although we don't always see eye-to-eye, Ricky Yates is always polite in debate and answers comments within a reasonable ammount of time. He also has a fine British sense of humor which makes it fun to engage in conversation with him on his blog ;-)

Paul Shorten
21:07 PM December 07, 2012

Ricky's blog posts are eagerly awaited they are informative amusing and incisive ! Ricky tells it as it is but always with the sensitively of a guest abroad. His insight into Prague customs brings to life in a special way his experiences with officials and restaurants alike and his constant efforts to improve the English translation of Czech menus is most amusing.! ! Ricky's blog also contains some fascinating photos and of particular interest is the rare snow leopards . Ricky, thank you for bringing the ex pat experience to life and giving so much pleasure !

Bill
16:05 PM December 09, 2012

I love Ricky´s blog!

Karen
17:39 PM December 10, 2012

Ricky's blog is just like him, warm, intelligent and funny.

BrnoChris
11:46 AM December 12, 2012

Ricky does a first class job with his Prague blog. He always does an excellent job writing and has very witty commentary. Good luck with the contest!

Russell Roe
21:22 PM December 12, 2012

A really good expat blog that covers a range of relevant issues for expats and anyone interested in the Czech Republic. I particularly enjoy reading about the numerous examples of Czenglish that Ricky encounters!

Martin Borýsek
21:50 PM December 12, 2012

I am so happy that Ricky is apparently a "hot candidate" for this award - he made me think of us Czechs in ways which had never occured to me before and this, in turn, made me both smile and think. A combination not to be despised. Thank you, Ricky. For a Czech who spends most of his time in the UK these days, it is especially enlightening to be able to share the experience of someone "on the other side of the mirror". All the more so when this someone is as observant and kind-yet-honest&sharp as Ricky.

Paula
21:50 PM December 12, 2012

I love reading Ricky's blog, as an expat who lived in CZ for 3 years, I am delighted to 'stay connected' to things Czech via Ricky's insightful commentary and delightful photos. I also really appreciate how many of his readers respond and create real dialog -- something I feel we need to encourage online!

Lissie
22:44 PM December 12, 2012

I love Ricky's blog - funny, interesting, insightful. He combines acute observation with an intelligent view on life and religion, while living in one of Europe's most interesting cities, what's not to like?

Hana - Marmota
22:09 PM December 13, 2012

I enjoy Ricky Yates' blog for several reasons. As a Czech, I enjoy the insight it offers into the life in my own country. As a student of English language and culture, I enjoy the insight it offers me into the other side of the expat coin. And as a Christian, I enjoy the insight it offers me into Christianity. So it's three interesting and important things rolled into one. And then there's the fact that he writes very, very well, in the various meanings of that (others mentioned the accuracy, I would add that the formal side of things is also always good, not to mention the literary...).

James Shiels
00:39 AM December 15, 2012

I have loved Ricky's blog since I first found it almost two years ago. He does an excellent job of giving what is a rare insight into the role of an English chaplain in a nation where English is but a secondary language. Not only that but his posts on various towns and landmarks have really helped me to see the beauty of Prague and the warmth of its people. Thanks Ricky!!

Sharon Chao
20:50 PM December 15, 2012

I like his blog very much...

BrnoChris
05:45 AM December 05, 2013

Ricky continues to do a great job blogging about life in Czechland. I always look forward to his informative and witty posts. Good luck with this year's contest.

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