After taking a short walk through the rain today, I had been protecting my camera from the evil water falling from the sky. I hadn’t realised that while doing that, my hands nearly froze off in the process. Whoops.
I woke up this morning, feeling very well rested. After a quick meal, I grabbed my camera and my coat and went off for a quick walk. From my apartment room window, it looked as if it was just a nice cloudy day, but the second I stepped outside, the rain started to fall. This didn’t bother me too much, as I was wearing a waterproof coat, I was more concerned about the well being of my camera, as it was out and open to the elements. Nevertheless, I started making my way down to the town square, which was my rough goal for the day. I didn’t head out on this walk today to explore anything, I went out to just get some fresh air, and take some pictures in the process.
Nearly every day of the week I find myself walking through this old Roman-Catholic cemetery. I have wanted to take pictures of it before, but I was a little nervous about it. I wouldn’t want to be disrespectful while here on my stay, so I decided to hold off until I knew more information until I went to go and document it. After some careful research, i.e. asking some of my friends if it would be alright, I decided that today would be the day. During the day it is quite peaceful, as the walls surrounding it block off a lot of the city sounds. However, at night that it is the complete opposite. I am not one to believe in the supernatural, but I wouldn’t lie if I didn’t say it was a little spooky walking through a cemetery at night. I must note that there are no lights in this cemetery, so when I walk through it I am having to rely on the moon to keep me on the path. Fun fact: the oldest grave in the cemetery here is from 1841.
After I finished my walk through the cemetery, I passed by the Central Slovak National Museum, the one I visited a few days ago. I didn’t go inside (mostly because it would cost me extra to take pictures), but I did take some from the outside of the building. The wall that is connected to the main building is part of the ancient city wall, which has been erected for hundreds of years.
I finally found out the name of that luscious treat that I found a while ago, they are called “pirozky” (pronounced like pirowzkee). Unfortunately for me, they are not open on Sundays, which brings me to an interesting point: a major difference between Slovakia and America is that you can’t get things basically whenever you want. Most, if not nearly all, of the stores in the town square were closed, even the grocery stores. In America, that only might happen on day’s like Christmas or Thanksgiving, not on a normal Sunday. I am sure Slovakia is not the only country, I am sure a lot of European countries are similar.
That’s all for today, I just thought that I would share the pictures that I took. I don’t know if it is the upload quality, or if I didn’t allow my camera to focus long enough, but looking at these pictures they seem a bit blurry. I am going to have to look into it. Today’s word of the day is:
Rodina – Family
Pronounced like rodina, it is on nearly all of the gravestones in the cemetery.