The most random trips can be the best trips and that's one of the reasons why in Janury I simply packed my backpack and went to Slovakia for a day. Skalica is a 15,000 population town in western Slovakia, super close to the Czech border (not more than a 10 minute car ride).
It´s a funny thing, but at the age of twenty, it was my very first time visiting Slovakia. Czechoslovakia was no longer a thing when I was born and I can't even feel the strong 'brotherhood' Czech people like to talk about. However, I can't ignore how close these countries are. Even the language is so similiar most people in both countries speak (or at least understand) eah other without any issues.
I thought I could understand Slovak well, but in fact it was more like I'd awkwardly stare at people for a couple of seconds before breaking the silence when my brain clicked and I finally understood what was said. My ego felt really bad about that.
The Parish Church (photo from my instagram)
The Church Of Trinity
After a stop for lunch or snack or whatever you'd call it at 3 pm and some more strolling around the city center, I went to find the hockey rink.
Finding the hockey arena was not difficult, but I was suprised how there were barely any people in front of it when I came, about an hour in advance before the game. Then I saw some people with blankets. Ugh, wait? The only time I took a blanket with me to a game was for an open air game. Yes, it was cold, but I was feeling brave and I was stupid enough to take my coat off... sitting there in a sweater felt good for a while, then I started getting cold. I had to take my coat on for the second period, then I eventually added my gloves and scarf for the third. I got sick and the Skalica's rink sickness (with a couple of breaks for a day or two) didn't leave me for over a month.
Skalica lost the game to Poprad 1-3 and the attendance turned out to be the lowest to that date in the history of the club. Funny, right? I travelled halfway across the republic to be a part of the lowest attendance ever. I enjoyed the game thought.