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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!