Food at Seloutky and Olomouc
Students will have access to breakfast and dinner at one of the dining halls at the university, though which one will depend on which dormitory we are staying in. As with most dining facilities in the Czech Republic, students will be able to select from a range of foods, usually served in a buffet style. At this time, it is common for the university dining facilities to provide between 5 and 7 meal choices for diners. Students will also likely have access to a refrigerator in or near their dormitory room should they wish to have their own food.
For lunch our colleague Dr. Fojtik has engaged the services of a local restaurant near Seloutky. Lunch is the main meal in the Czech Republic and usually features a soup along with a hearty meal, usually of chicken or pork. Special dietary needs can be met with advanced notice as well. Some weekend meals may also be furnished though students typically travel widely and may not be present on-site for most of the weekend. Czech food is typically high protein, high carbohydrate, and high fiber. Sausage, meats (especially pork and chicken), and breads dominate the diet and are usually supplemented with sauces as well as raw, fresh vegetables. Students with special dietary needs, including vegetarians, can usually be accommodated with advance notice, though the range of food available may be somewhat limited. Vegans, in particular, may have a difficult time finding sufficiently diverse foodstuffs to form a complete diet and may wish to consider supplementing their caloric intake with vitamins. People with gluten intolerance can also be accommodated with advanced notice.
Please note that the Czechs are the largest per capita consumers of alcohol in the world and that alcohol use is an integrated, and low-key part of Czech culture. Czech beers are famous throughout the world for their quality. Likewise, Moravian wines are famous in Europe and of an exceptionally high quality. It is not unusual for beer or wine to be consumed by Czechs at lunch or during various social activities throughout the day. Please note, however, that the drinking age is 18 and will be enforced. However, our Czech colleagues will NOT drink alcohol at lunch during the work week. Students, faculty and staff on the Czech American Archaeological Field School will also not drink alcohol at lunch during the work week and will not drink during the work day. Alcohol consumption can interfere with work and could cause health risks due to dehydration on work days. Finally, the field school and its staff CANNOT and WILL NOT provide students with any alcohol at any point because of liability issues. Hence, although responsible alcohol use is allowed while on the field school, students who wish to sample the fine Czech beers and outstanding Moravian wines must do so on their personal time and will need to acquire and curate any alcohol on their own
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