Slovakia Update #93 – An Introduction to Veľká Lúka

Today I will be talking about the new village that I am staying in, Veľká Lúka. I feel a bit guilty calling it a village, but in all honesty, that is the best term to use. With a population of just over 550 residents, and a total land area of less than 4 square miles, it is not major city. With that being said, I will talk a bit about the village today, although rather limited because most of my resources are in Slovak.

The village is in the Zvolen District, with the city of Zvolen being 8km away. The house I am staying in now is roughly a 15 minute drive from where I was previously living in Banska Bystrica, which has concerned me a bit on how I will be getting too and from my house to the main city. I guess I will have to start learning how to use the trains. Anyway, back to the village. The is a single stream that runs through the village, named the Lukavica. This stream empties into the Hron river, one of the most significant rivers in Slovakia (and also runs through Banska Bystrica). There is a single significant monument in the city, and that is a belltower that was created in the 17th century. And that is about all that is here in the village. Not quite as grand as Banska Bystrica certainly, however the quiet village of Veľká Lúka has… Charm? I guess I will have to see.

I did say that I would be talking about the city of Veľká Lúka today, but sense that was so short, I will discuss the Christmas dinner I had last night, and the astounding man John that I met. Now his name isn’t actually John, but I am not quite sure if he would like for me to be talking about his life in this, so I am going to be using John for the time being. I was picked up in the early afternoon from my house here in Veľká Lúka by my counselor, and we drove away to a dinner at his house. After some of the guests arrived, I was introduced to John. He is a retired British veteran, that had so many stories to tell, that I wish I had written them down.

The reason this is significant to me, is that he took part in some significant conflicts, some of which I have a particular interest in (Such as the second world war, the Falklands War, the Indonesian War, the Cyprus Dispute, and many more). After listening to his stories for awhile, I realised just how much I wanted to write about his life. So before he left I asked him if I could conduct an interview before he heads home from Slovakia. I hope that he agrees to meet up before his departure, and I hope that I will be able to write in full about his adventures.

I have had an interest in history for quite a while now, and coming to Central Europe where a large portion of the history I am interested in had

Today’s word of the day is:

čierna – black

Pronounced like chierna

 

As happy as this was written, I will be writing after this an extremely harshly written letter towards Rotary. This ought to be fun.


One Comments

  • Ginger

    December 30, 2017

    And your adventures just keep on coming! I am so happy you get to experience such a quaint village and I am looking forward to hearing more about “John”. Embrace whatever you can.

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