Slovakia Update #67 – Cross-Country Skiing & Minting Museum

To say that today was a rollercoaster would be an understatement. There are not words that I can use to describe what has happened today, so I guess all I can do is explain the whole story, and hope that all goes well.

I woke up this morning about 9, grabbed my camera and some warm clothes, and set off with Mr. Belko, a rotarian in my club. We set off to his house, where we ate some breakfast and talked about where we would be going for the day. It was incredibly kind of them to invite me out on their Saturday, and to take me to such an interesting place. Our first stop would be a small town called Krahule, where I would get to try some cross country skiing.

It was not too long of a drive to the mountain town of Krahule, although I noticed on the drive up that there was not much snow. Once we got to the cross-country skiing “rink”, I took off my hiking boots and donned on the ski shoes. After a bit of fidgeting of the skis, I got them locked into place, ready to take on a brand new adventure. 

To be perfectly honest, I thought it would be something that I could pick up in 5 minutes, without a problem. Oh no, I soon came to realise that it was much more difficult than I had previously thought, I could barely make it 5 feet without falling. However, I was determined to make it around the “ring” . After about 20 minutes of struggling, I made it around one time, although I was completely exhausted. They then egged me on to go around again, which I can proudly say I made it around in about half my previous time (although I did cut some corners). 

After we finished with with the cross-country skiing, we climbed back into the car, to go on a small hike. When we made it to the top, I was stunned by the view. Sure, I had climbed massive mountains in Slovakia before, but never before have I climbed a mountain and had the ability to stare down at the town below me. It was fairly surreal.

We then made our way over to the minting museum, where large amounts of coins, mining materials, and medallions were stored. This museum was located in the second city that we would visit today; Kremnica. This city has been minting coins for nations all over the world for more than 7 centuries. If I remember correctly, it is currently minting coins for Slovakia, India, and Malaysia. The museum was very interesting, and I would like to go back if I had more time. unfortunately, they had a no-picture policy, so I was not able to take much there. My internet is not cooperating right now, it won’t let me add more images. I will try and upload them tomorrow when my internet stops throwing a tantrum. 

Once we had finished in the town, we all climbed back into the car, and went home. I know I should be writing more about this fantastic trip, but I have a lot on my mind right now. Let me explain. Mr. Belko sat me down on the couch, and told me that I would have to be going back to the hospital on Monday, to get my blood drawn again. When I asked why, he told me that there was an abnormality detected, and they needed to retake to make sure that it is actually serious and not a lab error. I know what the abnormality is, but until I know the result I do not wish to share. This has been a stressful afternoon for me, and honestly I just need time to think on it. My host family is great, but they are not making things any better. Anyway, I hope you can understand why I am cutting this one short a bit, even though I have a lot to say. I might write about it tomorrow when I have cleared my head a bit.

Today’s word of the day is:

krvnĂ˝ – blood

Pronounced like krvnee



One Comments

  • Ginger

    November 5, 2017

    I love cross country skiing! I hope you are able to go again while you are there. The snow looks amazing!!


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