Connecting with teens around the world Name Petrasek Ja Age 17 City/country Pilsen Star sign Cancer My country is colder than Hong Kong. In winter, the temperature is usually 7 degrees Celsius, but it can go down to -5 degrees. The summer can be anything from 18 degrees to 35 degrees. I live in a small town called Pilsen, in the Czech Republic. There are only about 150,000 inhabitants, but it is famous for its factories - we produce some of the world's most famous beer! I like the Czech Republic for its nature, historical places and beer. My first language is Czech. I have been studying English for quite a while and am quite comfortable using it. I study at a general grammar school in Pilsen. School starts at 8.15am and finishes at 4pm, with a one-hour lunch break. I study English, Spanish, Latin, Czech literature, biology, chemistry, physics, maths, geography, history, physical education, music and social sciences. It's a lot of work, but at least we don't get homework! Many teenagers religiously follow particular lifestyles, such as punk or hip hop. It is the easiest way to make friends. Their personality is influenced by their group. But others, like me, don't follow trends. I like to play chess or board games at the pub. In my free time, I play computer games, hang out with friends and sometimes I do something sporty. In summer, I like to cycle and swim. And in winter, I like to ski. I don't have an idol. I don't like to idolise anybody because I believe everyone has a good and bad side to their character. I like nearly every kind of music. My favourite is classical and some pop. I also like ethnic music. When I'm working, I like to listen to heavy metal. I love travelling. I recently spent three weeks in Thailand with my Thai friend. I've also been to Hungary, Slovakia, Germany, Austria, France, Spain, Italy, Egypt and Tunisia. I have lived in Hong Kong since I joined the AFS exchange programme last year. Hong Kong is a big, cosmopolitan city with many possibilities - but a bad ecology.