Mongol Rally via Slovakia
From Anita, Slovakia
Can you remember Andrew, the head of the BBC LE department, writing about the Mongolia Adventure on Staff blog in July? I am sure, you can. If not, please take a look here.
Well, I would like to tell you the story of how I met Andrew last summer. Andrew offered a free English language conversation class in his blog and you know how mad I am about English (hahaha) so there was no reason to wait and I invited him and his friend, Mike to stay with me and my family in our home en route to Mongolia.
Days went by and one day I received an email saying that Andrew and Mike were supposed to be driving their ambulance, called the Beast, through Slovakia and they might be able to visit me. I was over the moon.
The day arrived. I was so excited. I knew they would arrive around dinner time, no earlier so I had enough time to think about what to cook. I was in two minds whether to cook Hungarian or Slovak dishes. (For those who do not know, I am Hungarian living in Slovakia so that is the reason why this problem might arise.) In the end, I decided to cook both. As a starter we had a very typical Slovak dish: bryndzové halušky - Potato dumplings with bryndza (sheep's cheese) and bacon. As a main course we had chicken paprika stew with home-made noodles - it is one of the traditional Hungarian dishes. And finally I baked cocoa snails. Andrew and Mike also tried Slovak and Czech beers and home made peach spirit. I believe my guests enjoyed emptying their plates. OK, that is enough to talk about food.
Getting back to the afternoon - after exchanging some short text messages about where we exactly live, the Beast and his travellers finally arrived in my teeny-weeny village and parked in our garden. Words cannot tell you how happy I was to see Andrew again. I would have never thought that there would be a day to meet him in my home. Well, after greetings we took a short walk in our garden to move their numb legs and get some fresh air. Then we had dinner together. (no more words about it, promise). Mike was quite tired and wanted to have an early night so he went to rest up for next day. But Andrew gave me the promised English class and we were talking and talking about everything under the sun until midnight. Needless to say, I had a whale of a time. Just take a look at the photo
Next morning I prepared an abundant breakfast for my lovely guests and I had a lovely time again talking over a cup of coffee in my kitchen. After that it was time to say goodbye to each other. We gave each other a big bear hug, wished all the best and the Beast and my friends rolled out of the yard and disappeared in the bend of the road.
I was following their journey and reading Andrew's blog with great interest. They arrived in Mongolia and then back to England safe and sound. Maybe we can read some lines from Andrew, what his feelings are about the whole Mongolia Rally, whether the charity was prosperous and so on. It would be really nice.
Dear friends, I think it is my last blog this January. I am looking forward to hearing from you and hope that you will drop me a line.
In the meantime, take care!
Anita from Slovakia