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Competition vs Cooperation
Friday, October 07, 2016      24 comments

Thank you once again for your comments and good wishes on Joe's continued recovery. He's doing remarkably well although I will still be holding my breath until CT scans show all residual blood and swelling completely gone. They say that will t... Read more
Four weeks after brain surgery
Friday, September 30, 2016      38 comments

DH update: Joe continues to do very well. He looks and acts the same as before. He's even back to doing the dishes and scrubbing the pots. The scabs are gone from his head. The surgeon did a great job. The scars are almost invisible. ... Read more
2 Pieces of Good News
Friday, September 23, 2016      30 comments

First of all, thank you everyone for your prayers and good wishes for Joe's recovery. His follow-up CT scan confirmed what I've been observing. He's doing REALLY well! Except for the 4 incision scabs on his head you wouldn't know that he had ... Read more
Sparking in trying times - update on DH
Tuesday, September 13, 2016      48 comments

It's been 13 days since DH had brain surgery for a subdural hematoma. First the good news - Joe is doing quite well. He came home on Thursday and is right now sitting at his computer answering email after making a pot of coffee for us as h... Read more
Final thoughts of sedemdesiatnici (70 year olds)
Monday, August 29, 2016      23 comments

I learned that new Slovak word when watching the director of our summer program in Bratislava being interviewed by a TV reporter. She said that 31 countries were represented in the 13 levels of the course. There were over 150 students includin... Read more
Searching for roots and finding new branches
Friday, August 26, 2016      25 comments

In 2008 I set out to find my roots in Eastern Europe - the hazy history behind the immigration of my grandparents to America. Grandma was 17 when she came alone in 1900. My grandfather was a widower and arrived in 1907. I had 2 documents... Read more
Exploring the "Big Little Country" - Slovakia - Day 3
Monday, August 22, 2016      20 comments

The final day of our excursion took us from the heights to the depths and to the northern border with Poland. Day 2 ended in the high Tatra Mountains Day 3 we explored one of Slovakia's many caves. This one is known for the discovery ... Read more
Exploring the "Big Little Country" - Slovakia - Day 2
Friday, August 19, 2016      19 comments

All 4 excursion buses from the university met for the night at the same hotel in the city of Proprad in the Vysoke Tatry (High Tatra Mountains). This was the view from our window. ... Read more
Exploring the "Big Little Country" - Slovakia
Thursday, August 18, 2016      19 comments

That slogan of the Slovak tourist bureau refers to the variety of geographic landscapes, and historic locations and ethic traditions within this small country. Our course in Slovak Language and Culture includes 4 separate 3 day excursions f... Read more
150+ international students and me in the Slovak countryside
Sunday, August 14, 2016      27 comments

We returned from our 3 day excursion at 11 pm last night. I've got a ton of photos to sort through but this will give you a snapshot of my traveling companions. Our group of 40 are visiting a "skanzen" an open air historical museum with b... Read more
Sites of Bratislava
Wednesday, August 10, 2016      24 comments

On Saturday all the students went on an all day walking tour of the city. We gathered in front of the National Theater. It was a short walk fo... Read more
Every morning in Bratislava, Slovakia
Tuesday, August 09, 2016      29 comments

I walk about 1/4 mile to the Danube River and along the path there until I come to this bridge. It's called the Novy Most (new bridge) or Most UFO... Read more
Singers don't dance & dancers don't sing?
Saturday, August 06, 2016      29 comments

That was the situation in our community theater group in Ohio. Not true in Slovakia! After Friday's classes were done for the day, at 4:30 we went to a folk singing workshop. ... Read more
Living as a student in a foreign country
Thursday, August 04, 2016      26 comments

DH and I like to travel, but this trip is a very different experience. Our usual plan is to research countries and travel on our own or with children and grandchildren. We also enjoy river cruises where our floating hotel takes us to major ci... Read more
Our "palace" in Slovakia
Sunday, July 31, 2016      35 comments

DH and I are in Bratislava studying Slovak language and culture. Last time we took this course we lived in the dorm. The students were very nice to their old classmates but this time we rented an apartment in "old town" close to the university... Read more

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