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  • helene cincebeaux
    So true Caye - the global world is here! what a wonderful time you must have had with your Slovak relatives at the wedding and your mother smiling down. Loved
    Message 1 of 137 , Aug 28, 2012
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      So true Caye - the global world is here!

      what a wonderful time you must have had with your Slovak relatives at the wedding and your mother smiling down. Loved your desription of their arival in America!

      helene

      --- On Tue, 8/28/12, Caye Caswick <ccaswick@...> wrote:

      > From: Caye Caswick <ccaswick@...>
      > Subject: Re: [Slovak-World] Slovakia Today - Times are a Changing!
      > To: "Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com" <Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com>
      > Date: Tuesday, August 28, 2012, 3:35 PM
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      > Thanks, love your updates.
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      > My cousins (and their 20-something peers) all have college
      > educations now and are leaving the villages for larger
      > cities for work -- or even other countries for work.
      >  Document your villages now while you still can, they
      > won't be the same for long.
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      > PS, I (in some ways unfortunately) really stirred up my
      > village by doing genealogy -- after my 2006 visit, my two
      > cousins came here -- one first in the summer of 2007 then
      > she and her younger sister in the summer/winter of 2008 --
      > the younger one met a man here and they fell in love -- he
      > arranged for a fiance visa for her and they were married (in
      > court) here last summer.  Just last Saturday, her family
      > came here for the church wedding -- it was awesome to see
      > some of my gram's village coming through the gate at
      > O'Hare International Airport (most of whom had never
      > left their village let alone been on a plane before) with
      > their jaws agape and their eyes as wide as saucers.  The
      > past two weeks have been a whirl-wind of Chicago Sight
      > Seeing -- they'll never be the same.  Careful how hard
      > you shake your family tree, lots of things will likely fall
      > out of it.  My sister wore a ring of my mom's to the
      > wedding -- so she was there with us -- and I could
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      > feel my Grandmother looking down from Heaven too, very
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      > From: helene cincebeaux <helenezx@...>
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      > To: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
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      > Sent: Tuesday, August 28, 2012 2:18 PM
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      > Subject: Re: [Slovak-World] Slovakia Today - Times are a
      > Changing!
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      > What's the latest in Slovakia? - another incredibly hot
      > summer - seemed liked it was 90 to 100 every day but not
      > humid and the breezes blew. The nights were blessedly cool
      > and all those beautiful sunny, blue sky days were really
      > heaven for sightseeing.
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      > The apple trees were hanging heavy with fruit when I left a
      > few days ago - great apricot season earlier!
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      > For some reason the bears are coming out of the woods and
      > down into Liptov villages - there are pix of them strolling
      > along.
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      > Things look more prosperous in Slovakia than ever - where
      > did all the old Skodas go? - Bratislava is full of shiny,
      > classy brand new autos - BMWs, Mercedes etc. and for the
      > first time i noticed a lot of joy-riders in top down sports
      > cars. So many new homes are going up. The new thing is
      > decorative wrought iron gates and high walls - some of the
      > homes resemble palaces.
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      > The new thing to do on a sunny afternoon is to lounge on the
      > Danube banks outside the new Eurovea shopping mall in
      > Bratislava - a new Sheraton Hotel is there too - there are
      > flowers and trees, lots of green grass and so many people
      > enjoying the breezes off the river over a cool drink or ice
      > cream as they sun aand watch the ships go by.It's
      > delightful!
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      > A statue of General Stefanik graces the area as well as the
      > huge Lion that used to be outside the national museum. The
      > new theatre is nearby too.
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      > If you are in Bratislava - a magnificent exhibit at the
      > national museum- showcases the photos of famed Pavol Sochan
      > who documented the life of village people decades ago;
      > another floor has over a dozen large rooms filled with
      > paintings of Slovak people in folk dress - all the greats
      > are there - Benka, Fulla, Augusta, Hala, Weiner-Kral etc.
      > Maybe 100 stellar paintings - it was thrill to see the
      > originals. If you are nearby - don't miss it! There are
      > also a dozen examples of folk dress from various regions.
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      > People were complaining about rising food prices (in places
      > beer and wine were cheaper than bottled water) and the
      > latest buzz words are wellness and stress.
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      > Hate to say that Babicky (kerchiefed grandmas) have become
      > few and far between - they used to fill the village lanes -
      > now rare to see one or two - we did spot a 91 year old woman
      > wearing full folk dress in Soporna in western Slovakia. and
      > others on the dusty lanes of villages tucked in the
      > mountains in Spis - Krompachy, Margecany, Zakarovce and
      > Kojsov - spent lovely days there learning about life long
      > ago. Things move a lot slower in these remote villages -
      > some with roads that seem to lead up to heaven. The cows
      > still come home to their gates and sheep and turkeys can be
      > seen foraging in home courtyards. And here people still have
      > time to talk about the old days and the old ways.
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    • Julie Michutka
      Looks wicked cool! ~ Julie Michutka
      Message 137 of 137 , Sep 5, 2012
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        Looks wicked cool!

        ~ Julie Michutka

        On Sep 5, 2012, at 9:53 PM, Ben Sorensen wrote:

        > Hey y'all. :-)
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        > So, in searching for a good dictionary, I stumbled on something that may be interesting to our linguists and librarians!
        > http://ksana-k.narod2.ru/dict/ss/ss1.html#a
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        > Enjoy-- I hope it stays online for a while.
        > Ben
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