Extended Family

Trip Start Jul 17, 2013
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Trip End Feb 01, 2014


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Flag of Slovakia  , Nitra,
Saturday, August 17, 2013

Step 7: Learning the ins-and-outs of European Plumbing

The last five days we spent in eastern Slovakia went by too quickly. As my group worked to compile our data and complete our report, we spent many hours hunched over our computers. We did not get to spend as much time with our new friends as we would have liked, but we were able to enjoy one last meal together before we had to catch the bus back to Nitra.

We were sent off with a blessing from our adoptive grandmother (Anna Ignacova) and many tears were shed by all, even me. With promises to return, we watched the village we called home for two weeks disappear from view.

Our arrival back in Nitra was uneventful and short-lived because the entire group was to leave the next day for a three-day fieldtrip to a nearby accommodation that also served as a farm and horse riding camp. However, one exciting fact that we came to realize was that our toilet stopped working. After using google translate to inform the front desk, we were told by a point to the calendar that a 'plumber' was not available until next week. We were then handed a bucket. I am sure the look on our faces was hysterical (we thought she meant we should use the bucket as the toilet), but she then with hand motions suggested that we just pour water down the toilet in order to ‘flush’ it. So with only a few days left in Nitra Slovakia we were forced to use the bucket (we laughed every time).

This field trip was to act as a reward to the students for completing the case study, and indeed it was just that. We relaxed and stuffed our faces with more delicious foods. The coordinators organized for us to have a culture sharing activity where each student was to present some sort of song/dance/joke that was representative of their country. Most students chose to play music or show dances such as the tango, but I struggled with my show and tell decision (American culture is terrible….ummm here have a Big Mac?).

After a three-day vacation we headed back to Nitra for the closing two days (all of us a little stressed about the final presentation and report). The mood was definitely somber as we trudged off the bus and back into our hostel. Thankfully, our group was able to pull it together and finish the report and gave a thorough presentation at the closing ceremony. The case study coordinator praised the entire group and we were all given certificates of completion (I won’t know my actual grade for months…which makes me a little nervous).

With everyone parting ways that afternoon we decided to have one more meal together before we all scattered across the world. While many of us will be able to see each other again, it was sad to realize that the experiences we had working on this case study could never be relived. My group was heading off to Croatia, Argentina, Spain, Hungary, India, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, and taking the knowledge we gained from this case study with them. While packing my bags (and praying they would meet the Ryan Air weight requirements) I thought how cool it is to have friends on nearly every continent (sorry Antarctica).

With plans to stop in Spain, France, Italy, and Austria before school starts in Belgium (September 15th!!!) I took a moment to say thanks for all that I have been given in life, including my new extended family.

Hopefully my next update will come from the beach in Spain, and keep your fingers crossed that there will be functioning toilets!

*ignore grammar and my changing tenses

**I know I left some parts out (like our Thursday trip to the pumpkin farmer and honey wine producer, but I am exhausted and didn’t have the energy to write. So I apologize.
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