Remember you are the newcomer
I have found Trnava to be a very welcoming place. However, coming from a country (and in particular a small country town) where people will stop and chat to anyone about nothing in particular, or will start a conversation in a pub with someone new etc, it is important to remember that not every country is like this. While people are friendly, they are at first reserved with strangers until they get to know you. Most people do not call people by their first name until given permission. It is a little different with the younger generations, and these also usually know some English or German, and are keen to practise this. However, particularly in the shops in the streets, not a lot of the attendants speak English so you need to be prepared to use a bit of sign language!
I find though that if you show you've made an effort to learn some basic words (hello, good morning, please and thank you etc) then people are willing to help you. Don't expect everyone to speak your language - you are in their country so show some respect for their language and customs.
Four Weddings and a Bad Night's Sleep
Any Saturday in August in Trnava is a very popular time for a wedding. We passed 4 different weddings as we explored the town. There must have been a few more that day as well as the lady at our hotel said she was hosting three wedding receptions. It all sounds lovely but not whan we were keet awake all night by the reception (see my hotel tip). Maybe that's why we saw so few locals on the street - they were all at one of these weddings. Trnava has plenty of churches but I imagine they are busy at this time of year.
Tips on Tipping
When tipping in restaurants it is usual only to round up to the nearest 5 crowns. This would seem very small to Western Europeans for example but we must consider that the wages are very low and therefore the people who live there can not afford to tip heavily. If we do then staff will expect it from local citizens and that is not fair.
Just smile and everything will...
Just smile and everything will be OK :) People are helpful and younger almost all can speak English or German so you won't be lost at all ;)
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