So yesterday I didn’t get to finish what happened, as I was told that I have to go to bed. I think I left off meeting my new parents and sister for the first time. So, I guess I will just have to pick up there!

Once we had gotten to the car, they offered me fruit and this chocolate, which was very good but metled right in my hands, making a mess everywhere. I believe the chocolate was called Knoppers, a very popular chocolate here in Slovakia (or so I am told). We talked the whole way back, discussing the differences between what I know as normal life and what they expect from me. It was very fun and I think they got to know me in a positive way.

As we were driving down the highway, they informed me that they were very sad, but my first meal in Slovakia would have to be McDonald’s, because that was the only thing open at the time. I was fine with this, I don’t really mind symbolic things like that but they seemed upset about it. I almost felt bad, but I guess I can’t do much about it. There was a difference between Slovak McDonald’s and American McDonald’s. The American one seemed much more organized and artificial, while the Slovak one was less organized but felt more family owned. Both still tasted like McDonald’s.

Once I got home, I pretty much just took a shower and went to bed. I was very tired after the long flight, and although I didn’t want to admit it at the time. But before I started to shower and get ready for bed, I had decided to start unpacking my things. It was at that point when I realized that I had not packed everything that I had needed to bring. Well actually, let me correct myself, I had packed everything, but I had neglected to actually put it in my bag. The crucial items that I had neglected to pack were my ever so important items like toothbrush, comb, and other bathroom utensils. So I awkwardly borrowed soaps and scavenged an unused toothbrush and finally went to bed.

I woke up about 9:30 the next morning, and I was the only one up. Well I thought I was, I had found that it is fairly normal to walk around with a lack of clothes? I don’t know… But after everyone had started to get up I had some cereal and relaxed until we went to Babičkas house (grandmas) for lunch. I was told later that it is customary for everyone in Slovakia to eat the same soup on Sunday. So we went to grandmas house and had this fantastic soup, with chicken and potatoes on the side. I have absolutely no complaints about the food, it was unbelievably good.

We were at grandmas house for a while, and when we got home we relaxed for a while and talked, until we went to the store and got the much needed bathroom supplies that I was missing. It was fun to be able to walk all over the Tesco, kind of like Target, and ask all about the names on all of the different fruits and vegetables. The part that I was most amused by was when they asked me what kind of beer I like, because they were going to buy some. I just said that I had never drank and left it at that.

Later that night, we went down to the town square, and if MAYBE I had an extra SD card I wouldn’t have the problem of forgetting it in my computer and walking around taking pictures without them being saved to anything. I was a little frustrated that I was not able to take pictures of the square, but I am told that I am going to be able to go in a few hours so I will be able to update tonights post with pictures of the square.

That about sums up all I missed, I know that it isn’t much and I don’t really have any new pictures, but I hope that does help bridge some of the gaps that I left. Do videnia!

G man · August 28, 2017 at 12:08 PM

Tell me the name of the city and I won’t ask what “metled” means.

    Alex · August 28, 2017 at 2:13 PM

    I don’t proof read so please don’t be mad. The city is called Banska Bystrica, pronounced like Banska Bistritsa. Where did I put metled haha?

G man · August 28, 2017 at 5:20 PM

Line five. Not mad, just trying to help.

    Alex · August 28, 2017 at 8:09 PM

    It was just a joke haha, thank you!

Jakub · August 29, 2017 at 4:46 PM

Oh man, I have just discovered your blog while looking for some political crap from Slovakia, and let me tell you: I am entertained so much!

Reading this makes me feel like I am a child again, learning about the culture that I am growing into. I am a Slovakian from the Eastern part of Slovakia (Spisska Nova Ves, do NOT miss that place). Needless to say, I really hope that you enjoy my homeland, our food, and the customs that we so often like to pass onto our children (who, on the other hand, like to ignore them).

My name is Jakub, and if you ever need any tips about the country from a person who isn’t directly involved in your travels, hit me up!

PS: Oh, yes; next time write dovidenia as one word (the separated form is old Slovak and you only see it at cemeteries now)!

    Alex · August 29, 2017 at 8:13 PM

    I am glad that you enjoy it! I am no professional author by any means, so don’t be too mad if the quality is not top notch 😛

    And I will just stick to dobru noc so there is no confusion, it also makes it easier for me to learn the language!

    Thanks for the comment!

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