I was really able to experience what life is like as a Slovak teenager. I got to go shopping in the local mall, and I was able to talk and walk around with my new friends. Life in Slovakia is very different than in America, and here is how!
Ok, now with the click bait first paragraph out of the way, today was the first day I was able to use my bus card, which was kind of neat. It was an easy slide-it-right-over and go. I had a few classes today, I had PE, History, Mathematics, and Slovak (I think). I missed quite a bit of class because I was running around the school for half of the time with my new friends Tomas, Igor, Richard, and Martin. Today at school felt like a side quest for an MMORPG; First go to the Secretary and ask for the rules, then go to the homeroom teacher and ask for instructions, then go to the English teacher to translate the instructions, then go BACK to the homeroom teacher to turn in the signed rules sheet, and then find my way back to class. I know that doesn’t sound like much, but every stop was on opposite sides of the campus.
I have only been to the school for a few days, so I don’t feel comfortable bringing my camera to take pictures. After a few days or so I will take my camera and take pictures of my class. I am somewhat frustrated/annoyed that my phone has such a bad camera, or else I would be able to take pictures with that.
I don’t know if I mentioned this in a previous entry, but I had forgotten a few things in California. One of those things was a belt. So I went this morning to ask my host dad to borrow one of his belts, and unfortunately his is a much bigger man than I am, so it was massively big on me. I am sure they have a name, but the type of belt that he had given me was one of those belts that latch down, not one of those that feeds a metal rod through the belt. So the entire day my pants were falling down because it would not stay latched because I was just too small.
I was tired of it, so I asked my friends if they would take me to the local mall “Europa” to buy a belt, and to buy a little bit of a heavier coat. After walking around to what seemed like 10 different stores I finally found one that I liked at a reasonable price. I felt a little bit awkward however, because we started to talk about money. I know that Slovakia is not quite as rich of a country as the United States, but I felt very awkward talking about our minimum wage and how much I made. According to the other students, anybody back in California working at a local burger joint would make roughly 2.5x as much as a teacher in Slovakia. Now a teacher is not the best paying job in the world, but it certainly is not the worst. I would hate to give off the impression of that spoiled rich American, so I am going to have to try to keep my spending on a real down low (although the money that I have is money I worked for anyway).
I really freaked myself out, because when I went home, I went to go and take a nap. I woke up, and had forgotten about the whole taking a nap thing, and I thought I had just woken up in the morning. I looked at my phone and thought to myself, “Wow! I feel really well rested for 4:45 in the morning”. Then I realized that the sun would not be setting at 4:45 in the morning, at least not in this part of the world.
Anyway, I think that is all, of course, the word for the day is:
Raňajky – Breakfast
Pronounced in English like ranaikee.
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