Slovakia Day 4 – Unfortunate Visit to a Police Station & Slovak Snacks

I never though anything could be worse than waiting at the DMV. I thought that the DMV held the position for the longest and most painful wait in all government offices. However, I have unfortunatly found that this is not true, and that the Slovakian Police office is officially the worst place to wait.

Today I got up around 7, because I was told that we needed to go to the police station to get my residency visa. It was only me and my host dad that went, so not much conversation went on (he doesn’t speak much English). When we got there we signed into a kiosk and waited. And waited. Our number eventually got called, an hour and a half later. I am not too sure what happened in the room, but apparently we did not have all of the correct documents and would have to finish at another time. Of course, I thought this meant another day. Oh no, I was terribly wrong.

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Once I got back, I asked my host dad if it was ok to go and walk around and explore the city a bit more. He gave me what I thought was a yes, and he dropped me and Sophi, my host sister, off in the town square. Sophi went to take a bus to her friends house, and I went exploring.

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Found this while walking about, looked pretty neat.
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Right!?!?

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I didn’t take too many pictures, but I had a great time walking around. The weather was just right, with little no no humidity. I eventually found my way around to the SNP, where it looked much different with all the crowds gone. I even found some kind of Russian plane, although I couldn’t tell you what it was.

After that, I walked to a store right across the street from our flat and bought some food to try. Here is the excerpt from then. Sorry if the writing is different from now, I wrote it something like 5 hours ago.

 

I don’t know where or how I am going to edit this in later, but for now I am going to just write this down. I have bough a ton of snack foods, which I think are Slovak. It’s tough to tell which is what, because I can’t really read what they are. I kind of just went with stuff that screamed eat me. I got all of this food for 6.04 Euros, which comes out to 7.21 USD. I find that crazy, because when I was in the store I was ready to spend $10+ on all of this.

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The first thing I am going to be trying today is the bread. It is fairly soft from the outside, and it smells great. I went and tried to translate the “lekvarove” on the packaging and it gave me “marmalade”. I have never had marmalade nor do I have any idea what it is, but I guess I will have to find out

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After taking the first bite I have found that it is a bread with jam inside? Maybe that is marmalade. Either way it was really good for 0.70 Euro. And of course, I can’t have a Slovak meal without something to wash it down with. So I got some raspberry Kofola. Or what I think is raspberry, it could be squirrel flavored for all I know.

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I can confirm, it is not squirrel flavored, but it really doesn’t taste much like raspberry. It tastes just like the original Kofola just… Fruity? Not really much of a difference in taste as far as I can tell.

That is all for the food today, I can’t make any promises that I will write about them all because they all look so good and it is hard to restrain myself from eating them all. Are there any foods that I should look for in the store and try?

So that was my adventure trying some Slovak food. While I was writing this, I was told we have to go back to the police station. I had no idea why, I just got in the car and went. This time was not so bad, I only had to wait something like 4 1/2 hours this time. Not too bad. Although on the plus side I did get my visa apparently so I don’t think I will have to go back there anytime soon (hopefully).

I am writing this much earlier in the day, so if anything else happens later today I will have to either write another post or include it tomorrow. Dobru noc!

 


10 Comments

  • G man

    August 30, 2017

    You “bough” a bunch of snack foods ? Beware the dark side .

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  • Erik

    August 31, 2017

    Hey,
    I am really enjoying these blogs, so I have decided to write a small guide to some of slovak food! I hope you find it interesting :

    First of all, there is a lot of imported stuff. We are a small country so there is huge amount of products coming from our bigger neighbours, mainly Czech republic and Poland. Most large companies (Milka for example) make their products in one country and just distribute it to several others. There is obviously nothing wrong with that, but many people (me included) prefer to buy something Slovak over the “European” alternative.

    Easy way to spot slovak products is to look at the barcode, if it starts with numbers 858 then it is made in Slovakia (as on your buchty package). 859 represents Czech republic for example.

    Most interesting things to try (for foreigners) are imo bread, cheese and sweets.

    I see you bought buchty, which is very common around slovakia, but traditionally it is not used as a bread, but mainly as a dessert. Like when you visit your grandma for Sunday lunch, you get some soup, main course and something sweet to end the meal. That would be buchty (singular is buchta). Lekvarove means with fruit jam, description says it is a plum fruit jam. Pretty good choice as a first thing to buy.

    As for bread, we dont really use toast bread but (for us) regular bread. It looks like this: https://sk1.staticac.cz/foto/vyrobky/632000/631889.jpg
    This one is from the same bakery as the buchty you bought, so it should be easy to find. Most common stuff to eat it with would be butter + ham + cheese, pate + cheese, butter + fruit jam etc. It is very versatile, many people eat it with something sweet for breakfast and with something salty for quick dinner. This may sound like a silly suggestion, but according to my friend from Boston, three things he misses the most are bread, girls and beer in that order 😀 and I tend to agree, bread from central europe is probably the best in the world. (Hope no one from France is reading :D)

    For cheese, there are lots to choose from, but if I had to choose one, I would choose parenica cheese. These come as smoked (udena) or non-smoked (neudena). Both are great, I personally like the smoked one better.

    About sweets, I see you alredy bought Horalky (wafers with peanut filling), that is as traditional as it gets. The producer – Sedita company has a wide range of wafers, biscuits etc. and all of them are really good. My favourites would be Lina, Kavenky or Princezky. These should be available pretty much anywhere.

    Also Deva chocolate bar is something that I would highly recommend. These look and taste exactly as I remember them from 25 years ago, and still have that kid in a post-communist country vibe. Definitely a must try if you can find it in shop. This is how these look like: http://imgur.com/7XUSRUJ

    As for soft drinks, kofola is good choice, we drink it a lot as a beer alternative. Other recommendation would be Vinea (grape soda) as it is quite different from American grape sodas. Worth a try.

    Last but not least, the beer. I know you wrote that you dont drink beer, but this is a great opportunity to try decent beer for cheap.
    As a starting point I would recommend Urpiner 12°, as it is brewed in Banska Bystrica and it tastes good even compared to czech beers (czech beers are generally considered superior to slovak ones). These are also sold in small bottles (0.33L), which are great when you want to try more than one.

    These are obviously just suggestions, there are tons of great stuff to try, but I think these would point you in a right direction of all that is good and tasty in our country.

    Cheers!

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    • Alex

      August 31, 2017

      Thank you so much for such a lengthy reply!
      About the Slovak bar code trick, will definitly be using that in the future. I was really worried that I was thinking that I had bought some Czech food and claimed it was Slovak. Thank you for letting me know that!
      I have had a few different sweets here and they are very different than American sweets. Not in a negative way, just very different. I am going to have to try some of the sweets you mentioned.
      I had kofola when I was here in 2011, so it was kind of a nostalgic trip for me to be able to have some now. I have not had Vinea, but I am going to go to the store next door today or tomorrow and try to get some.
      Finally, I unfortunatly will not be able to share on here if I can try the beer or not, as far as I know. I hate not having the freedom to share my experiences on here but if I share that I had alcohol, I am told that I will get sent back home. 🙁 I am not saying I will not will not try it, but I hope you know what I imply 😉

      Anyway, thank you so much for all of the suggestions, I hope I didn’t miss any of the fantastic points you made!

      Alex Franke

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      • rotary2240dg

        September 2, 2017

        Alex, your last sentences were very smart… There could be more Rotarians who will read your blogs… 🙂

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        • Alex

          September 2, 2017

          That’s why I worded it that way. I probably could have worded it better, but hey, it came out ok in the end.

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  • Alex

    August 31, 2017

    I hope I can have babicka cook me some buns…
    Also, where did I use dobry den?

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  • Alex

    August 31, 2017

    thank you 🙂

    Reply
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