Back form Slovakia
- Got back last week from the short trip to Bytca Slovakia to visit
family and get some work done on our newly acquired apartment. It was
very cold there and I got sick on the plane ride over there. After
going through the circus airport called Frankfurt where we almost
missed our plane we arrived and it was good. We still had a 3 hour
drive from Vienna but it was easy compared to the running around and
barely making the second flight to Vienna.
Lots of visiting with family and its easy to feel cooped up inside
when its so cold out. Its hard to even go out for a walk sometimes. It
snowed the day we arrived and it looked nice but the cold was very
bitter. 14C. That's really cold for me from California.
I had the flu and was not feeling too well so I spent little time
running around. Most time was spent working on the flat and visiting
indoors with family. Seemed like this time of year , everyone there
has a persistent cold or cough. Everyone was on some kind of meds
including myself and I welcomed whatever they recommended.
The scenery with the snow is nice and we went for some walks in the
woods where the majority of the group drank Slivovica and ate candy.
They said it really feels good to warm one up from the inside when its
Spent some time talking to my father in law's mom who always talks
about things she saw before WW2. She told us a story about one night
before the war began it was a full moon out and as the women form Mala
Bytca were walking down the main road praying at night they saw a
cross which was formed with the light. She reiterated that she was not
telling us a made up story and she also said that the war started
shortly after and she believes that what they saw was a sign of things
While there the energy of the Serb / Kosovo issues sprang up and was
the talk of the town. People were divided on the topic and being
American I strayed from the talk of politics. Americans are not the
most liked around Europe right now and I realized this. People are not
afraid to express their feelings of Americans and I can't blame them.
On a lighter note the US Dollar is getting significantly weaker as we
slide towards 2009 and then in Jan 2009 Slovakia will change to using
the Euro. This will be good for the people but most people I spoke to
said they believe the cost of living will go up and they are worried.
The older people really don't want the Euro change because they know
the Korun all of their lives. They are afraid that like in Slovenia
switching to the Euro, people who own businesses will try and
capitalize on the less knowing and jack up prices to make a bigger
profit before people clue in better to the exchange rates and get used
to using the Euro. Either way the USD is weaker than it was when I
first started going there and soon I am afraid we'll need sponsors to
go over there: )
We will be going again in December in 2008 and I look forward to it. I
have posted some photos and will post more soon. Thanks!!