Monday, August 05, 2013
Walking, running, biking, kayaking, - bungee jumping?
So far only the first two are on my plan for early in the morning or after sundown. It’s still very hot - better than yesterday but still in the 90s. Maybe there’s some truth in the saying “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” At this temperature back in VA I would be locked away with my AC. Here in 30% humidity I’m out and about just like everyone else. Still, I hope the prediction of cooler weather by the end of the week is correct.
We met many of our classmates. So many countries are represented. They are mostly young people from Europe and Asia improving their language skills for business or diplomacy and a few from the USA of Slovak heritage trying to learn what we were never taught.
Imagine Italians, Chinese, Germans, Turks, Americans etc. - all speaking Slovak to one another! It’s quite a sight (and sound!)
We all took a test for placement in the correct language level. About 10 people including DH opted out of the exam since they knew they belonged in the lowest level.
We visited a local supermarket to stock the fridge in our room. We get hungry way before the 7am breakfast and long after dinner so we wanted to be prepared.
You had to put a coin in a slot to release a shopping cart. I’ll have to ask someone about that. We just carried a hand basket, but we did bring our reusable bag just like the locals.
As for those bungee jumpers, I’ve never seen that done in person before, but there they were, one after another, leaping off the bridge. I know I’m old now, but I would never have tried that even 50 years ago.
As each jumper leaped off the bridge, no translation was needed. It was kind of a universal scream.