is impossible to discuss Slovakia without mentioning the
"gypsies" also known as the "Roma," the poorest minority
in Slovakia. The Roma often live in communities with 100
percent unemployment. Many Slovaks view the Roma as a
threat to their personal security and to their country's
economic success. The distrust is mutual and pervasive.
Concerns about this economic and social rift are a frequent
topic of conversation.
regard to "teen life" in Slovakia, I've found that many
Slovak teenagers think that American teens have it easy.
They see American teens as having unlimited educational
and professional opportunities. American teens also seem
to have a lot of personal independence and few concerns
apart from their own well-being. In contrast, Slovak teens
are frustrated by the lack of similar opportunities. But,
who am I to speak for them? Here is what Andrej, age 16,
has to say: