SLOVAKIA

St Elizabeth’s / Blue Church

Slavin War Memorial

Devin Castle

UFO (New Bridge)Observation Deck

Bratislava Castle (Hrad)

Mytny domcek, Czechoslovak Fortification Museum , Primatial Palace in Bratislava

Bryndzove halusky If you ask one hundred Slovak people to tell you one and only one Slovak traditional meal, usually at least 90 of them will say “bryndzove halusky” (“bryndzové halušky”), small dumplings made of potato dough with sheep cheese and topped with scrambled bacon (“Speck” in German). Parenicaostiepokkorbacik (“oštiepok”, “korbáčik”) different sorts of cheese, either smoked or not. Treska a cold salad made of codfish, mayonnaise and some vegetables. Quite popular snack in the Bratislava region, and lately also in other parts of Slovakia. Buy it packed in supermarket or visit a buffet and ask for “patnast deko tresky a dva rohliky” (five ounces of treska and two rolls). k made borovička (pronounced as borovichka, made from juniper berries) and slivovica (often called just slivka = plum as it is produced from plums.) Bryndzové halušky is one of the traditional dishes all tourists have to try while visiting the country. Halušky are soft dumplings of irregular shape eaten with bryndza (soft sheep cheese) and bacon.

Schwarma

Especially as the Slovak language is not too widely spoken, you can really impress a native Slovak speaker with only a few words. If you want to start a conversation with someone you can greet them with an “Ahoj” / ahoy / which in English means Hello. Or if you want to be more polite (for example to an older person) you can say “Dobrý deň!” / dɔbriː deɲ / which is Good day! in English. If you want to thank someone say “Ďakujem” / jakuyem /. Or if you simply want to let someone know you do not understand Slovak, just say:“Nerozumiem po slovensky” / Neh-ro-zoo-myehm poh slo-ven-sky /. And when you say bye to someone you can use the phrase : “Dovidenia” / doh-vee-de-nyah / which is the Slovak version for Goodbye. Another useful words are: Prepáčte / Preh-paach-tyeh/ – means Sorry and also Excuse me Hovoríte po anglicky? /Hoh-voh-ree-teh poh ahng-lits-kih?/ – Do you speak English? Prosím / Proh-seem/ – Please Áno / Aaah-noh/ – Yes Nie / Nyee-eh/ – No

Try the Slovak traditional food

If you go to Slovakia, instead of eating burgers from McDonald’s why not try the Slovak traditional food –Bryndzové halušky / breen-tso-veh ha-loosh-kyh / which are potato dumplings with sheep cheese and bacon. You can get it in nearly every restaurant in Slovakia usually at a very reasonable price. Most Slovaks love this dish, so why not try it for yourself? But if you do not like any of the ingredients, then alternatively you could try other popular Slovak dishes such as: Chicken with paprikaSegedin goulash with steamed dumplingsStuffed peppers or if you like soups then you could try the very tastyKapustnica which is a sauerkraut soup with mushrooms and smoked meat. For those of you with a “sweet tooth” I recommend Buchty na pare which are steamed sweet dumplings usually with jam or chocolate inside.

Slovakia became independent nearly 20 years ago so for some Slovaks it can be quite frustrating if some people still think Slovakia is part of Czechoslovakia. what is the population of Slovakia ( 5.4 million ), what is the second biggest city ( Košice ), or what mountain range runs in the north of Slovakia ( Carpathian Mountains ). People in Slovakia will appreciate that you know these things as it shows that you are interested in getting to know their country.

Respect the culture. Everyone enjoys a drink or two abroad. Nothing’s wrong with it, however you definitely won’t impress Slovaks by getting intoxicated, shouting on the streets and urinating on historical buildings or monuments. If anything this can get you into trouble and you can even get arrested. Also wearing little or no clothes is insulting in Slovakia and you might get some looks of disapproval as well. Slovakia is a Catholic country most of the people are religious, do not make fun of this, as they will not find it funny. These are only simple things to remember, but can really show that you do respect the country and its culture.

Brno


Slovakia: only give flowers in odd numbers (except 13, which is unlucky) and avoid giving

 

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