I wonder if everyday will be as fun as the past few have been. It is just a constant flow of learning and cultural experience. This is something that I have come to love in Banska Bystrica, and that is the scenery. Everything here is so picturesque that I can’t help but stop and take a picture. I wish that I would take more group pictures with the people I meet, I am just awkward with selfies on my phone.


Today I did not get up until 12:00… That’s 13 hours of sleep! I don’t think that I had ever slept that much in my life! I guess the jet lag caught up with me. I was able to have some good breakfast, and I got to spend some time with Sophi, because our parents were working for most of the day. We got to walk the dogs and take some pictures, which was a lot of fun. She is a lot of fun and has a lot of energy. As do the dogs, they didn’t want to stand still and take a picture. I feel like all of Banska Bystrica has a beautiful view.


Every meal is fantastic, and there is always something to every meal. And I must say that they eat a lot of soup, which I don’t mind, but is very filling. I feel bad saying no when they keep asking me if I am hungry, or if I want more food. Every meal is good, every snack is addicting, and every dessert is desirable hours after eaten.


While I was showing Sophi today how to use a baseball glove, she got a call from her friend Victor, who told her that he would take me to the town center. I went downstairs to meet him and found him with a Mexican exchange student. When I talked to them it was interesting to see things from their point of view. Victor, had gone to Mexico last year, and he had stayed in Ricardo’s house. Ricardo is the Mexican exchange student, who had stopped here in Banksa Bystrica on his way to his exchange in Italy. While talking to them I got to know a little more about them, and a little more about life in Mexico, which was very interesting. Victor took me to the town square, where this time I brought my camera and my SD card so I was able to take some pictures. I think that it was better during the day, because there were more people and it was much more alive.


Victor took me to an amazing cake/ice cream/sweet shop, where he treated me to some fantastic chocolate cake. We talked for a few hours while enjoying the shade and the cake. I had a great time, but before long we had to go back. I look forward to being able to hang out with them in the future. I unfortunately didn’t get the chance to take a group picture of the three of us, next time I am with them I promise I will!

While eating dinner, tekvicovy privarok, pumpkin soup, I got to meet one of  Sophi’s friends, Teresa. I realised that Slovak people are much more down to earth than I had been lead to believe. She was fun to talk to, unfortunatly I forgot to take pictures. We all went outside to play volleyball together, and after that I taught Sophi how to do a round-off as she wanted me to teach her something new in gymnastics. While doing that, I met another one of Sophi’s friends, and her name was Teresa too. This part is a little rambly, but it was very busy. And I am pretty tired. So I am going to try and wrap this up as well and as cleanly as I can. I hope that you come back to read tomorrow! Dobru noc!


Alex · August 29, 2017 at 8:05 AM

I know it is, autocorrect keeps changing it in Word… And thank you for the translation!

Jakub · August 29, 2017 at 5:37 PM

I am sure Banksa wasnt meant to be written. And what do you mean by travelling to the East is the worst? Are you seriously going to put that kind of inaccurate ideas into the mind of a passionate traveller? The East of the country has its magic just as any other part.

And you do realize that for someone who is trying to understand Slovak without any other base built up in Slavic languages, Czech might as well be gibberish, right?

    Linda Tran · August 29, 2017 at 6:36 PM

    Hey Jakub, I know it wasn’t meant like that :).
    I was referring to having a bad jet lag after traveling east because I experienced that every time flyong to Vietnam and it was so exhausting.
    I was just trying to help… I know that Czech is very different from Slovak.

    Alex · August 29, 2017 at 8:11 PM

    Other people have corrected me on this haha. I keep meaning to write it as Banska, but for some reason my fingers keep writing banksa. I don’t say it, it is only when I write it haha.

    Please don’t be mean to poor Linda, she only means well haha. Anyway, thanks for the comment!

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