5 things I dislike about Slovakia
I really love my home country, don’t take me wrong. I love the nature, all the trees, lakes, rivers, Slovak language, relatively cheap prices of many things. I love that I can really express everything I want without looking for a word for it.
However, there must be also something I don’t like so much. Not living in Slovakia for 10 years says it all. I do come back a couple of times a year, always. Sometimes I go to my home town more often than my old friends who now live in the capital Bratislava.
But still, I have been avoiding living in Slovakia because of a bunch of things, and it’s not only my big urge to explore the world and other cultures.
There’s 5 things I dislike in Slovakia:
5. Unhealthy food
Slovak cuisine is amazing, trust me. Cabbage rolls, pirohy, halusky … I could eat those meals every single day. But they are all unhealthy. White flour and cheese are usually the main ingredients. Dairy is not healthy and white flour even less. And there’s very few vegetarian/vegan restaurants around Slovakia. I really miss those! And if I say that I don’t like meat or want a meal without white flour, I am treated like someone from Star Wars.
I am probably the smallest fan of smoking on Earth! With my chronic sinus infection I have already difficulties breathing and when the bars/restaurants/caffeterias are full of smoke, I am choking. If in countries like Spain or Italy where everyone smokes they could prohibit smoking in these places, I cannot wait to this happen in Slovakia finally too. I cannot stand when my hair and clothes smell like ashtray! Smoking allowed in bars is one of the reasons why I don’t go out so often when in my home country.
3. Too much alcohol
When meeting new people on the road, we almost always get to the topic of me not drinking alcohol. You would need to see their faces when I say that me, a person from Slovakia, does not drink alcohol at all and it’s been years. The truth is, that even abroad people know we drink way too much in Slovakia. I don’t say I’m strictly against alcohol but there should be a limit. Getting wasted all the time is not cool and I don’t really see the point of it.
2. No beach
Unfortunately, in case you did not know the basic facts about Slovakia, my country is located in Central Europe which means we have no sea and no beach :( I know we wouldn’t have such a beautiful nature and most probably the mountains we have now if we were on the coast, but just having a beach might make me stay in Slovakia for longer. I wish!
I should be grateful for this beauty at least :)
This is the biggest problem for me in Slovakia. I lived here for 18 years, then another 5 years in Czech republic where the mentality is similar. The first time when I realized there was something wrong about the way people here think was at the University at a Spanish lesson.
Our teacher, a native from Southern Spain, once came to the class all angry. It was the first time ever I saw her not smiling. She said she was walking on the street and each time she met someone she knew, they all replied to her ”How are you?” question with something negative telling her all the bad things that happened in the past 5 years in just 1 sentence. She was right. In Spain people always reply ”I’m fine, I’m great…” and it shows a lot. It even helps the way you feel then.
Then, later on in Mexico I also realized another thing. We were traveling around Veracruz, Puebla and Cholula for a week with a German guy and our Mexican local friend (2 out of many cool people I met in Mexico by accident, or destiny?) and with the German friend we always complained about something. It was too hot, we were too thirsty, then it was too cloudy, the food was too spicy etc. Just always something. Our Mexican friend Arturo got pissed one day and told us the truth that hurt ”Fucking Europeans, always complaining” and he was more right than ever.
For 18 years negative attitude of people around me in Slovakia had been forming my attitude too. But then, for 10 years living abroad and traveling I have been trying to change it.
Each time I come back to Slovakia I need to fight with the negative attitude again. Over and over again.
Aw, and I am not mentioning people talking bullshit without knowing the truth because I think people talk no matter where you go.