Today was a refreshing difference from yesterday. We woke up, cleaned and attended to some schoolwork from the US.
We were excited to meet our friends before they set off on an adventure to Prague. Ryan asked if we could see the Bratislava castle after all this time being here. Our friends were up for it.
As things go, this would include quite a hike up.
The inside was spectacular. It has a fantastic museum dedicated to the history of Slovakia and the castle itself.
Ryan found the stairs to the “crown tower.”
This will not be our last visit to the castle!
We said goodbye to our friends and are really excited to hear about their trip to Prague!
V was invited back to volleyball so she and I headed there. Again, she managed a practice with nearly no English so well. I still don’t know the details but she is so happy to be in the gym playing her favorite sport.
The boys were invited to come to meet with a coach today at Inter-Bratislava, the same complex where the professional basketball team plays. There was a practice going on and our boys folded right into the mix. The coach speaks English and was really friendly with John. V and I finished up and so we headed over to the practice.
They were playing a game with instructions in Slovak. John and I had no idea what was going on but the boys seemed to completely understand. They also were allllll smiles. Clearly they needed this. The Slovak boys were SO kind and welcoming to them. There were so many NBA jerseys which made them feel right at home. Joe will actually come back tomorrow to be with boys his age.
The rosters for these teams were submitted months ago, so they will be able to practice with the teams and play in many “friendly” games but not for the official games. We are all so happy that the boys will be in the gym running off energy and playing with other kids several days a week.
We noticed that the Inter professional team was warming up in the adjacent arena. The practice ended early so all the boys could go. We followed the stream of people and sat front row to watch. There were no tickets? We were just happy to be at a game!
V, Joe and I left to run back to the apartment to make dinner. We heard the final of the game was 112-29 for Inter. Everyone saw a lot of dunks! This will also not be our last visit to the arena for games.
We all ended today with smiles!