Slovakia Day 61 – Cottage in Brezno

Yesterday I hoped that today would be more interesting, and it was. Just, not in the way that I would have hoped. In the end, it honestly was not that big of a deal, but at the time I was a little worried, no, I was very much worried.

Morning went by quickly, and once afternoon came, I was told that we would be going to the “cottage”. Now this could mean one of two places; the cottage that is just on the outskirts of Banska Bystrica, or the cottage that is in Brezno, about an hour away. The last time we went to the cottage in Brezno, we stayed the night there. That is an important fact so keep that in mind. 

Now let me be clear: I really do like my host family, and all that comes with it. My issue is, that when we go to places like the cottage, that I am bored out of my mind. They treat me very well while I am there, it is just that for the most part I am just sitting there while they talk about family things in Slovak. Now before you tell me to go and try talking to them, I have a retort. I do try talking to them, and to some varying degree of success I make conversation. But the difference is that I am talking to them as an outsider, not part of the family.

While I was sitting on the couch at the cottage, my host sister comes over to me and sits down next to me. She then says in a very serious manner, that we would be sleeping there tonight. I was somewhat angry at first, then more worried than anything. I didn’t have my glasses, or contacts, or a toothbrush, or anything in that matter. Of course, they tell me they were “joking” (although whether they were or were not is anyone’s guess), after I really start worrying about it. Sometimes my host family really stresses me out.

I hope to be able to write about my Slovak National Uprising project soon, as I have some more information that I would like to share. Jozef Tiso, the Slovak Republic’s president during WWII, was seen in many different lights, and I would like to spend some time dissecting this mans career. You can look forward to that. Anyway, I don’t have much more to say, so I guess we will end off with the word of the day. Today’s word of the day is: 

žltá – yellow

Pronounced like z(hard z)ltah

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