I can finally say that I have experienced Slovak snow. Yesterday, it was questionable whether it was snow or just some little rain, but today I can say for certain that this was full fledged snow. I was even able to get a video of it!
Finally, I can say that today was full of excitement! I woke up in late morning, not wasting any time getting read to go out. I had decided that it was finally late enough into the fall that I would need a heavier (and more fashionable) coat. I hadn’t even realised it was snowing until I had looked outside to see if I needed a coat or not. For the first time in my life, I can say that I have seen the first snow of the winter. I was ecstatic, barely able to hold my hands still enough to take that video.
Once my excitement had subsided, I went out to the bus station to head off to the mall. Something that my mom can attest to, is that I am terrible to shop with. Normally, I have her ushering me around, helping me get my move on, but when I am left alone I could spend hours looking for the best fit. Which I almost did, but I had kept reminding myself to not get carried away. Something that I noticed, was that one thing that is a fair bit expensive in Slovakia is clothing. Compared to the prices for just about everything else, clothing stands out as being much more expensive.
During my rotary meeting today, I was handed my monthly allowance. This caused me to think about my financial situation a bit, and the costs I have to living here. Each month I am given 65€ (~$75), and out of that 20€ goes to my Slovak lessons, 15€~25€ to my phone bill, and about 15€ for my bus fees. Given worse case scenario, that leaves me with 5€ of spending money. This is fairly concerning to me, as 5€ is not exactly a fortune to be playing around with. I am going to have to see if I can negotiate some of my fees here, because I am going really far down in pocket money. To address some concerns: I must pay for Slovak lessons, I am required to have a phone plan, and I will hopefully be reimbursed for my bus fees, although it has been 2 months and I am yet to see a penny. And I am not even including things like school lunches or other small fees into this.
This evening, I was surprised with the opportunity to go to the community pool, and it was an absolute blast. Although, while I was there, I came to the realization that I sure am out of shape. I don’t really know what I should do, but I am at a strange point in my life. Never before, for this long, have I been absent of a sport or activity that is fairly physically demanding. In recent memory, I can only really remember myself doing sports. Hmm
Today’s word of the day is:
bazén – pool