Slovakia Day 16 – Slovak Lessons, Rotary Meeting, and FINALLY Relaxation (ish)

Finally I can say that I don’t have much to write about today. For the past almost week I have felt almost guilty because I haven’t been recording every little detail of my day. My days were full of excitement and different adventures, but today I can almost thankfully say that it was not too different from an average day.

This morning I was told by my friend Martin that his dad would pick us up and take us to school this morning. I didn’t notice any kind of problem immediately, but when Martin got out of the car and went around back to get his things, I had a sinking feeling in my chest. When he pulled his bag out, he also pulled a bag with clothes and shoes. I asked him what it was for, but I already knew the answer. Of course, we had P.E. today, and I had no idea that we needed to bring clothes. I assumed that it would be like school in America where they issue you a uniform for P.E. but I guess not.

I had a mental dilemma this morning. Do I fight my competitive urges and not try my best in our soccer match for P.E., or do I go all out and risk getting all sweaty and gross. I am sad to admit the competitive side of my made the decision there and I had a blast playing soccer with the guys in my class. I would regret that decision through the rest of the day however, because I was terribly sweaty and gross. To anyone in my class that might be reading this; I do care very much about personal hygiene. I am just a very competitive person that’s all.

When lunchtime rolled around, I asked one of my new friends to show me how to go and get lunch. Tomas, was more than happy to agree and walked over with me. I apparently however, did not have any kind of credit, but that didn’t matter to the lunch lady. She was a real nice lady, and decided to give both me and Tomas a lunch, no cost to us. I really appreciated that, and I hope she knew I was genuine about it when I said Dakujem (thank you).

Right after lunch time, I had my first Slovak lesson. It was more or less what I expected, with the Banska Bystrica trio hardly understanding what the teacher was saying. I have done a little studying in my free time during classes (mostly because I can’t understand what any of the teachers are saying anyway) so I had a pretty good understanding on what she was teaching us. Poor Nikole seemed a little lost, I hope she spends a little time reviewing what we went over today because it is pretty crucial information.


Fast forward 3 hours, and I was getting ready for the weekly Rotary meeting that I was told I needed to attend. I made certain to bring my camera and take some pictures, so that you wouldn’t be without visual aid. This week, I believe the mayor of Banska Bystrica came to speak, although it could have been a coffee shop owner for all I know because he spoke in Slovak for a good hour and never in English. The food was good though, which I did appreciate.

I am pretty tired, as today was my first day of “real school”. So I will end today with the ever so favorite word of the day! Todays word of the day is:

Zaneprazdeny – busy

Good luck pronouncing this one, because even I am not sure. I choose this because I have been busy for the past few days, I have come to know the word well (but not well enough to be able to say it without some help from my classmates!)

All of these pictures were taken on a Sony A6000. If you are looking for a great lightweight camera that takes fantastic pictures, I would definitively recommend this setup here.

Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens

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