With 6 months of separation between us, there have been a few reminder moments for us as we return to life in a familiar and beloved part of Europe. Here is a list of things we’ve been reminded of:
- 130 km/h is the posted speed limit and is simply a place to begin your speeding.
- Kiss on both cheeks (any hesitation may result in a near lip-collision).
- Slovakia has a food-driven hospitality culture. You’re going to eat. A lot. Frequently.
- Passing multiple cars, going uphill, on a blind corner is part of a regular commute.
- Perceptions of distance are different. If you travel 40 – 60 minutes, people will invite you to spend the night rather than drive “all the way back home”.
- Any space can be turned into a parking spot at any time.
- The beauty of corn and eggs on pizza.
- The chilly approach to customer service.
- The humbling warmth of good friends (there’s just a different way of expressing love within friendship here).
- Advertisers use of under-dressed models to sell nearly anything.
Further reminders include:
- That English songs are not censored on Slovak radio (we English speakers have come up with some real garbage).
- The sudden surprise an air raid siren test can bring.
- Village radio (literally speakers attached to poles throughout a village – need we say more).
- Cashier’s constant desire for you to pay with exact change.