Who knew the Czech Republic was so close?

Czech FlagWhile talking a walk about our pleasant town, my girlfriend and wandered up some dirt paths to the upper hills of the town. Despite being on"8-mile", we live about --> < -- this far from horse farms and cattle. And where we're walking is *unpaved*. There are some nice houses, a lot more woods, very pleasant in general. We didn't expect what happened next.

After rounding a bend, we come to a wall that is 6 feet high. At the top of said wall is a fence, about another 8 feet high, with many signs to the effect of "Security system in place, video surveillance, yada, yada, yada..." Way up the hill we see a HUGE mansion, which spurs discussions of "wouldn't it be nice to have that much money to own a mansion of that size?" Of course, this is tempered by the fact that we wouldn't actually be interested in owning, maintaining, caring for, getting lost in such a abode, just that it'd be nice to "try out".

We keep walking along the grounds until we come to a large set of gates which are slowly opening to let a black SUV out, and then automatically close behind them. As the gates close, the sunlight flashes off of a large plate on the gate. We step closer to read:

Consulate of the Czech Republic
Konzulát České republiky

It's also then that we notice the guard shed next to this gate and guard *in* the guard shed next to this gate, watching *us* very closely. We wave, smile, and walk back down the unpaved road. We never realized we lived so close to the Czech Republic.

Northville Michigan Consulate of the Czech Republic - The Google Map

Question: so do I file this at 42.433 x -83.4913 or 50.0785 x 14.4423
Curious, I spent the morning looking up *why* there was a large consulate facility located remotely in a small suburb outside Detroit.
Exhibit A:
Honorary Consulates of the Czech Republic in
the United States

Exhibit B:
General Medicine practice of a Czech Republic Consulate

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.