Ice Hockey in Slovakia

Ice Hockey in Slovakia

Unfortunately, we didn’t get tickets to an ice hockey match, but the students told me about this popular sport. Many children start to play hockey from an early age. In Bratislava, the most famous hockey club is Slovan. The Slovan hockey team competes in KHL. It is the continental hockey league with teams, such as Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Latvia, Slovakia, Croatia, and Finland.

The Slovak men’s national ice hockey team is one of the most successful national ice hockey teams in the world. The team’s head coach is Vladimir Vujtek.

In the last sixteen years, Slovakia has won four medals at the World Championships, including a gold medal in 2002 in Sweden. In winter Olympic games, Slovakia’s highest achievement is 4th place in Vancouver 2010. In the tournament they won against favourites, Russia and Sweden, and lost against Canada in the semifinals and against Finland in the bronze medal game.

Slovak national team members and great players include Marian Gaborik, Marian Hossa, Marcel Hossa, Jaroslava Halak, Zdeno Chara, Lubos Bartecko, all playing in the NHL in the USA.

Here’s the photo of the Slovak Ice Hockey Team:

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If we had been able to get tickets, I would’ve watched a match between Slovan and another team in the modern Ice Hockey Stadium in Bratislava. This is where the 2011 World Championships took place.

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And this is me in a Slovan sweater. If I went to a hockey match, I’d wear it…

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This is all for now.

See you soon,

Tedd

 

 

 

 

One typical and one not so typical school day

One typical and one not so typical school day

Hello everyone,

Today I found out about a typical day of the students at the Hungarian school in Bratislava. The students told me that there were not many differences between Slovak and Hungarian kids; the only difference is the language they use at school. Here the teaching language is Hungarian, whereas in all the other schools in Bratislava it is Slovak. Of course, students at this school speak perfect Slovak too. But the students’ everyday life, school subjects, extracurricular activities are pretty much the same.

Students of year 9 told me about their typical day at school and showed me around.

The day starts in the cloakroom. Students have to change their shoes and leave their coats here.

Lessons start at 8.30 in the morning. Each lesson lasts 45 minutes and there are breaks between classes. The longest break lasts 20 minutes and it is after the second lesson. After lessons, students can go for lunch in the school canteen. I must tell you, the food is excellent here! They make healthy and tasty food here every day.

The school day ends at 2 p.m. Some students have lessons in the afternoon. Of course, there are many extracurricular activities, such as drama class, puppet theatre, decorative ceramics club, music club, football, basketball and many other interesting study groups. Smaller kids can go to the school club and stay there until their parents pick them up, sometimes until 6 p.m.

I attended some lessons with the students today: PE, English and Chemistry. And of course, the joy and happiness after school lessons ended…It was so much fun!

Check out the photos we took today:

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On 3 October, we celebrated the World Smile Day at the school. There were jokes told on the school radio all day and there was something special outside, a big surprise for the kids…This school won the competition for the collection of used oil among Bratislava schools, so the school got a present. It was a bounce house, a big one for the older students and a small one for the smallest pupils. I absolutely loved it!!! On one of the photos, you can see the school head teacher, Ms. Katalin Morvay (on the left), the English teacher, Ms. Judit Young (on the right), and me, of course.

We smiled and played all day. What a day! Everyone was happy and smiling. Love was in the air all day long….

Enjoy the photos from this amazing day:

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Much love,

Tedd

 

 

 

 

Tedd’s participation in the ESFALP project

Tedd’s participation in the ESFALP project

 

Hello my friends,

I have to tell you about a special day in the nature in the outskirts of Bratislava. I participated in an international project called ESFALP – European Schools for a Living Planet.  On 2 October, school students and their teachers from 11 European countries celebrated River Action Day by organizing simultaneous events near their local rivers. They included river cleanups, eco-parades, exhibitions and lectures on the importance of clean rivers. Local communities in Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine also participated in the festivities. The activities were planned and lead by approximately 1,000 students from 33 school classes.

River Action Day is the outcome of the    European Schools for a Living Planet (ESFALP)initiative that trains students in environmental topics and activism. ESFALP was held for the sixth time this year. It is organized by WWF Austria and the WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme in cooperation with  ERSTE Foundation.

The students created River Action Day during the final ESFALP event in June 2014 in Romania. I was told that this school was represented by Mrs. Judit Young, English and Russian teacher and Mate Nagel, secondary school student. The common slogan they chose was „Together for Rivers“. The festivities successfully engaged local communities and raised awareness of the situation of rivers and the necessity of their protection.

It was a very important event and I was amazed how actively all these students contributed to the campaign and participated in all the competitions, quizzes, cleanups and many other activities.

I enjoyed being outside all day and loved the nature in the area around the Danube River.

Here are some photos from that day. You know, everyone wanted to take a photo with me.  Enjoy!

Love, Tedd

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Tedd’s walk in Bratislava

Tedd’s walk in Bratislava

Hello, my dear friends,

I would like tell you about a great day I spent in Bratislava. Sixteen students, their teacher, Ms. Judit Young, and I visited the Bratislava Castle and the Old Town. It was a long walk, but I saw so many interesting places, beautiful buildings, unique statues and smiley, happy people. The weather was perfect with the sun shining and making us warm all day.

Our first stop in the Old Town was the Bratislava Castle. This is what I learned about the history of the Bratislava Castle: this beautiful landmark, overlooking the capital, was built in the 9th century. It stands on the hill above the Danube River. Eleven kings and eight queens were crowned in Bratislava in the past. Bratislava became the official coronation town for Hungarian Kings and the castle became the formal sear of the kings of Royal Hungary. Since we are Hungarians, a minority ethnic group living in Slovakia, we are quite proud of this fact. J It is nice to know that the history of Bratislava is so closely connected with Hungarians as it used to be part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Maria Theresa had the castle extensively reconstructed with the help of the best imperial architects. She had a new palace (so-called Theresianum) built along with other residential buildings and added new French gardens.  After the Empress and her son Joseph II died, the Castle was deserted and became a military garrison. On May 1811, there was a huge fire in the military warehouse. Only ruins were left. After WWII, the Castle underwent serious reconstruction and renovation. In 1968, state leaders signed a document for the establishment of the Czechoslovak Federation. In 1992, the new constitution of independent Slovakia was signed here too. The Bratislava Castle’s silhouette is created by four wings , each with a corner tower. For two centuries, the south-west tower (jewel’s tower) housed the Hungarian coronation jewels. The area in front of the Castle is called Yard of Honour. It is bordered by two triumphal gates and guard houses of the imperial guard.

As for the views, I can tell you that the views on Bratislava from the Castle area are magnificent. Let the photos speak for themselves…

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The first shot at the Castle. We were on our way to this beautiful landmark in Bratislava.

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After enjoying the spectacular views from the Castle, we went back to Old Town, walked around  and took many photos. Here they are with captions.

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This is where we entered the Old Town.

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Our first stop – a souvenir shop.

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I loved this bronze sculpture of a man peeping out of the manhole. His name is Čumil and he is probably resting after cleaning the sewer.

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This time I didn’t ride this charming red mini-vehicle because I preferred walking. But had to have a photo of it…

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This is the statue of Schöner Náci. I found out that he was the son of a shoemaker and grandson of a famous clown,  Ignác Lamár, and was inspired by the latter’s example to bring happiness to the streets of the city. He walked around the Old Town in top hat and tails, greeting women with the words, “I kiss your hand” in German, Hungarian and

 

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Here we are on the Main Square of Bratislava in front of the Old Town Hall. It is the oldest city hall in the country and it is one of the oldest stone buildings still standing in Bratislava, with the tower being built approximately in 1370. It houses the oldest museum in Bratislava, the Bratislava City Museum, founded in 1868, featuring an exhibit of the city hystory and an exhibit of torture devices

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I felt so nice on the hat of this bronze statue of a Napoleonic soldier leaning over a bench on the old town’s Main Square.

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We are standing on the street which leads us to Michael’s Gate which is one of the symbols of Bratislava. The roof of the original Gothic tower, built in the mid 14th century, was modified between 1753 and 1758 to give it its current, baroque style. At the top of the tower is a statue of the archangel Michael, slaying a dragon. You can go up to the tower, but it wasn’t open when we were there.

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This is the building of the historical Slovak National Theatre, the oldest Slovak professional theatre consisting of 3 ensembles, opera, ballet and drama.

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This is the narrowest house in Slovakia and possibly in the whole of Europe. It dates from the end of the 18th century and is located next to Michael’s Tower in a site previously occupied by part of the old city walls.

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Here’s a photo of the St. Martin’s Dome. This nice historical building witnessed the coronation of Hungarian Kings. During 1563-1830, 11 Hungarian Kings and 8 royal wives were crowned here.

My day walking in the Old Town of Bratislava was truly amazing. I learned so much about this spectacular city. Hope to come back here sometime…

Have a nice day you all,

Tedd