Halloween sure is different here in Slovakia. I found out today just how different it is, because I had the opportunity to dress up at school and go to a party in the evening. But today was not without it’s struggles, read on to find out the craziness that went on today.
I have to be careful how I word this, because I was told there would be severe consequences if I did so incorrectly. At some point in my stay here in Slovakia, I woke up in the morning feeling refreshed and well rested, although I had to rush out of the house. I needed to get to the new bus shopping center as soon as I could, so that I could make a deadline. However, once I had gotten to center, I couldn’t find what I was looking for right away. After searching through 12 different stores, I finally found what I was looking for, and barely made it in time for my deadline. Alright, now that I have that out of the way, I can start talking in a much more understandable tone. Note: I did not say that this happened today, it could have happened any day I was here in Slovakia.
Once I had gotten to school, I searched for my classroom and to my surprise a good portion of my class was dressed up for our halloween day. Most of the costumes were “scary” themed, but I was pleasantly surprised to see some people wearing funny or ironic costumes. There was even a guy dressed up as Jesus. When I was planning out what I would dress up as, I was under the impression that most Slovak people had the idea that halloween costumes were only supposed to be scary, but I did see quite a few really fantastic funny costumes. I didn’t get to snag a picture of them, but there was even a group that dressed up as an MTV crew and kept walking around “interviewing” random people about their costumes.
Once the class I walked into was over, I was sat down and my face painting began. I don’t think I can thank Ke and Ivka enough, they really did a fantastic job with the facepaint. Half way through I was a little worried that it wouldn’t turn out as good as I had hoped, but my worries were not warranted. I am a little disappointed that we didn’t have the opportunity to take a picture together, them with their “masterpiece”.
Once school was over, I was very careful not to mess with the paint on my face. I did get a few weird looks on the bus ride home, but there were many other people on the bus with me that had costumes on, so I did not stand out too badly. After I got home, I finished up the satirical book that I mentioned yesterday, and then I went off to the halloween party that was hosted at my school. There were two students admitting in the attendees, and they almost didn’t let me in because I didn’t have an ISIC (basically a European student ID card). Some girls that I had talked to earlier in the day bailed me out though, so they disgruntly let me in.
I almost went home without really partying, but Ivka came right in the nick of time. I waited at the party for about 45 minutes, hoping that one of my classmates would show up. I had gotten bored of just standing around, so I decided that I would head home. Right as my bus was pulling up, out of the corner of my eye I see Ivka running towards me. After that we met up with another classmate of mine, Laura, and went back to the party. The girls didn’t like the music selection apparently, so we decided to go and watch the Conjuring in one of the classrooms. The movie ended right about the time the party was ending, so we all packed our things and went outside after that.
Once Laura went home, Ivka and I went to go and check the bus times. My bus wouldn’t come until nearly an hour later, so I went to go and walk her home. We talked for a while, and it was nice to be able to talk to someone else here in Slovakia without them being distracted by other Slovaks. Sure, people will talk to me for a few minutes, but more often than not they will go and talk in Slovak where I cannot understand them. With it just being us, I had to opportunity to just relax my mind and talk. That is something that I had sorely missed.
I wanted this to be a quality post, because it really was an interesting day. However, it is midnight now and I really did have a long day, so I am quite tired. I hope that it is readable. I know I mentioned there being some differences between American Halloween and Slovak Halloween, but to be perfectly honest I am too tired to search my mind for the details. I will write about it more in depth tomorrow. Anyway, today’s word of the day is:
Okno – Window
Pronounced how you would in english, this is actually one of the first words that I learned in Slovak.