Monthly Archives: February 2011

52 Weeks in Slovakia: 68 Steps to Killing a Pig

This is a neat article that took a while to put together, but the formatting here is terrible, especially towards the bottom.  For better formatting, see the original at: http://www.52insk.com/2011/zabijacka/. Zabijacka ANY CHARACTER HERE February 14, 2011 ANY CHARACTER HERE By Allan Stevo ANY CHARACTER HERE Zabijacka – literally “the slaughter” or “the killing” is […]

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52 Weeks in Slovakia: All Five Senses – Part II

Reduta – Part II January 17, 2010 By Allan Stevo The first section of this essay dealt with themes of beauty and music, beauty and government (especially the Communist government of Czechoslovakia), and many of my own uninformed biases. In the second part of this essay, I take time to identify part of the role […]

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52 Weeks in Slovakia: All Five Senses in Bratislava

Reduta and the Slovak Philharmonic January 14, 2011 By Allan Stevo Last Saturday, I attended a concert given by the Slovak Philharmonic. A little out of character, they performed pieces from Indiana Jones films, The Pirates of the Caribbean films, and the Harry Potter films. Listening to the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra play has always been […]

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52 Weeks in Slovakia: A Random Collection of Slovak Christmas Traditions circa 2010

Christmas in Slovakia December 27, 2010 By Allan Stevo Christmas in Slovakia can be said to span for three days, which is also how long some weddings in this part of the world tend to last. Of course, there is the widespread idea that Christmas is 12 days long, even here in Slovakia (from Christmas […]

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52 Weeks in Slovakia: Carp – A Slovak Christmas Tradition

Kapor December 20, 2010 By Allan Stevo These wading pools start popping up all over the city. They start popping up about a week before Christmas. The pools are filled with carp. That’s kapor in Slovak. Fresh carp will also appear in the fish counter of grocery stores that have fish counters. Large quantities of […]

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52 Weeks in Slovakia: Slovaks Learn to Ballroom Dance Young

Vencek December 14, 2010 By: Allan Stevo On a whited-out December night in Bratislava, in an off-the-beaten-path part of town is a gathering of hundreds of parents and students celebrating what amounts to a dance-school graduation. I walk through the doors of an old Dom Kultúry (click the link to learn more about a Dom […]

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