Now that Christmas time is gone and we can look at it with nostalgia and longing, you, reader, are gonna be able to excuse us from dedicating this blog entry to say how much we loved the Christmas celebration of our office and from recommending songs like the following: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXQViqx6GMY Continue reading
The last year was unique – not only because of living our new life in
Slovakia, but also because of celebrations in this country. This is mostly valid for the Christmas.
It turned out, that for the holidays I and Dan didn’t go home and stayed here, in Banská Bystrica. So, we couldn’t have the traditional Christmas celebration with our families, but for sure we didn’t feel alone. Because there were some other people here, just like us – living here for a while and staying in Banská Bystrica for the holidays. Together we had our unique International Christmas celebration. Of course, it was not like having the traditional Christmas eve, we all are used to, but on its way it was really nice – who knows, when would we have again a Christmas dinner with people from England, Italy, Latvia, Romania and Bulgaria at one place?
In my opinion the event was both – having fun and intercultural learning. I and Alex (my friend from Romania, who is an AIESEC intern in Banská Bystrica now) prepared the dinner. I was really surprised how similar the Christmas traditions are in Bulgaria and Romania (especially concerning the food :)). We had dinner consisting of: traditional Bulgarian Christmas bread, two types of salads, pork meal with sour cabbage, traditional Romanian Christmas roast with potatoes and spices and boiled wheat with honey and nuts. It was a challenge to bake the bread on my own and in the end it was suitable not only for eating (or it’s better to say “trying to eat it”) but also for a self-protection tool (in case anybody attacks you on the street :D). It was also interesting to discover that my perception of “salad” for sure is not the same like the one, which people coming from the UK or Italy have. But that’s how we had more topics for jokes and we had even much more fun. 🙂
Thinking back about it I could surely say that all my fears of having a Christmas away from home really didn’t come true and it was quite the opposite – I got a great time and I really enjoyed it. Somehow it enriched me with new experience, somehow reminded me again the old wisdom that in order to have a good time with people it is not about their nationality, it is about their personality – so this Christmas I really felt great with my new big happy family from all over the Europe. And for me the EVS Christmas in Slovakia was actually like EVS itself – you should dare to go out of the cosy home in order to find really amazing things, otherwise you can never even imagine they exist. 😉
Christmas is coming, at last! In Banská Bystrica we can really feel a different atmosphere: the snow, the Christmas market, people drinking medovina and punč and singing in the main square… Some of us even tasted some traditional Slovak Christmas food such as ginger bread, opekance and oblátky. We just love it!
Being here we realised that Christmas is different in every country. So, since we are experiencing the Slovak version, we would like to share with you a bit of our Christmas 🙂
This is a video about a Bulgarian Christmas tradition, called koleduvane, which consists in going from house to house singing Christmas songs on Christmas day. Koledary (the people who sing) are offered presents or money in return. This is a video of the Italian traditional Christmas carol Tu scendi dalle stelle sung by Andrea Bocelli. And this is a video suggested by Dan that makes you feel like Christmas.
So happy Christmas from all of us and you’ll hear from us again in 2013!
Vessy, Manu, Dan and Andy.