Meeting The Relatives
Trip Start Apr 18, 2010
47Trip End Jul 07, 2010
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Where I stayed
Anna and her family are really great! They let me stay in their brand new house which is still under construction but almost finished, and they even gave me a car to drive! It started raining as soon as I arrived and it didn't stop for 5 DAYS! This is a pretty small town and there's not much to do when it's nice out, and when it rains there's really nothing to do. There's no English TV here or home internet access so I've been driving in the rain to a cafe with free WiFi in the center of town. That's the reason I've been a bit behind on my blog updates.
Since the fall of Communism the entire country has undergone a bit of a renaissance
My Father is well known here, and Slovakian people are very hospitable, so ever since I arrived I've been treated kinda like a celebrity. Every relative, neighbor, and friend of my father invited me over for dinner. So, basically all I've been doing is eating, and eating, and eating! And of course drinking!
One thing's for sure, Slovakian people know how to cook. I've been sampling foods from all across Europe for over a month now and I have to say that Slovakian food ranks among the best. And I'm not just saying that because I'm Slovakian. While the French have mastered the technical aspects of cooking like presentation with their fancy sauces and exotic flower decorations, and the Italians really know how to cook everything related to pasta, the people of Central Europe (Austria, Czech, Slovakia, and Hungary) have concentrated on diversity
And EVERYBODY has a vegetable garden at their house so every meal is served with fresh seasonal vegetables straight out of the ground. All this cooking and farming is a lot of work, but they still manage to do it, and also work a real job, and take care of children and their homes. It's really unbelievable!
Ok, gotta go, it's dinner time, then House in Slovakian is on……..