Ahoy! (Slovakian for hello). This summer I had the amazing opportunity of traveling to
The day of the trip finally arrived, and I was not worried about anything except the length of the trip, and how I was going to fly home by myself. Everything went smoothly, flying from
The trip was ultimate relaxation most of the time. Piestany was a charmingly small spa town! My daily routine included sleeping in, eating delicious food, and walking and reading in the park- awesome, right? Some of the main points of my trip were exciting! On the trip I got to spend three days in the Tatras mountains, the mountain range that divides
Now for the learning experiences (AKA not- so- smooth- things). I had to learn how to deal with limited personal space. The family I was staying with constantly had cousins over, and it always seemed as if the cousins were obsessed with my stuff. I began realizing that my stuff was being rummaged through after noticing my things mysteriously misplaced around the room. Although the kids denied it, I finally got them to admit it, when their curiosity for certain girl items became too great to contain their alibi. Sometimes you have to use a luggage lock even after you get through the airports.
Another major thing to overcome was the language barrier. I was staying with a ten year old girl that spoke virtually no English. She was deathly excited that an American girl was coming this year, and had not taken into account that I did not speak Slovak. Most of the time it was a lot of fun trying to get along and communicate, but sometimes it got tricky, frustrating, and nearly impossible. Sometimes a heated situation would arise from a misunderstandings based on language, but I think it was a learning experience for the both of us!
Overall the trip was awesome, and I learned so much about this rich and unknown culture! I am probably one of the only people in
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