The end of winter term was close, so it was the right time for ESN Košice to organise goodbye activities! It was kind of goodbye week during which ESN Košice organised ice-skating, UNESCO trip2Bardejov, pub quiz & Slovak goodbye dinner and goodbye party. Pub quiz & Slovak goodbye dinner  was held in Česká Hospoda on Thursday 12th of December 2013 and Goodbye party was organised in 2Space on Friday 13th of December 2013.

Pub quiz & Slovak goodbye dinner was organised by Barbora Uličná, Andrea Hanáková and Lenka Leláková together with other 10 ESN Košice members who helped with organisation during the evening. It was nice idea to join two activities into one – pub quiz and dinner. This evening was supported by Technical University, Pavol Jozef Šafárik University  and University of Veterinary medicine and pharmacy which decided to pay this pre-christmas Slovak dinner for their Erasmus students. Erasmus students appreciated a lot this gesture and enjoyed the dinner so much. It was a nice Christmas gift from universities in cooperation with ESN Košice. 

Dinner was served as a buffet, so international students had chance to taste more of typical Slovak/Czechoslovak meals, not just one. Besides typical Slovak „bryndzové halušky“ there were served meals such as roasted knuckle, typical Slovak fried cheese – oštiepok, pickled camembert and more typical Czech then Slovak - „sviečková“. The favourite was roasted knuckle and cheese. Altogether there was 60 Erasmus and international students from all three universities. 

The evening had special programme. It started with the presentation of Slovak Christmas traditions by Lenka Lekáková and Eduard Remetei. It was very interesting for Erasmus students to get to know Slovak traditions. Presentation was followed by Pub quiz prepared by Barbora Uličná. This quiz included questions about Slovakia, Košice and events organised by ESN Košice. We were curious if our students remember places that we visited together and other facts about our country. And many of them do! There was a little gift for each correct answer – chocolate ducat and discount voucher to New Yorker, sponsor of ESN International. This event was very successful thanks to universities and ESN members! We wish you Merry Christmas!

Day after goodbye dinner, it was time for a goodbye party! Goodbye party was organised in 2Space by ESN Košice party coordinator Igor Dudinský. There was a private party bus rented for Erasmus students that took them around the city in two hours full of music and partying. When time was over bus reached the final destination 2Space where we had a nice time dancing altogether. GOODBYE!

author: Andrea Hanáková, ESN Košice president