Things All Slovenian Clevelanders Know To Be True

Things All Slovenian Clevelanders Know To Be True

Did you know Cleveland has the most Slovenian Americans?

I only saw my grandparents for a relatively short time in my life, but they never shied away from where they came from, and that pride certainly flows through my family's veins. Living in the Cleveland area that, fun fact, has the highest population of Slovenian Americans in the United States always reminds me of my Eastern European heritage. So, I wanted to share a few "You know you're Slovenian when..." moments I've had.

1. You've eaten and/or made stuffed cabbage

And you know who has the best recipe (hint: It's my mom. No contest. Her stuffed cabbage is easily my favorite food).

2. You go to St. Vitus Church for their Christmas choir concert

The inside of that church never fails to astound me.

3. You've seen someone sporting this shirt from Cleveland Clothing Co

For me, it's my dad. He wears it with pride.

4. Pristava is the place to be every summer

Slovenska Pristava is parish picnic held in Geneva, Ohio each summer. There's great food, a mass, dancing, drinking, bocce ball, and a pool, and it's a great way to meet other Slovenian Americans.

5. You're often confused as Slovakian

To be fair, their flags look very similar by containing the same colors. Cleveland is also home to a large Slovakian population as well with Slavic village being a popular destination for many Eastern European Clevelanders. While they both belong in the Slavic language family, Slovenian and Slovakian are quite different in culture.

6. Being excited to hear about Cleveland Kurentovanje

One of Slovenia's most popular festivals has made its way to the Cleveland area in the form of monster costumes, a parade, and Slovenian food and drink. Kurentovanje is a festival held before Lent each year where people dress as Kurents, a figure meant to scare away the winter in order to welcome a blooming spring season. The celebration arrived in 2013, and hopefully Kurentovanje makes a return every year.

To any Slovenian Clevelanders reading this, hope you find at least some of these points relatable! Be proud of where you come from!

Cover Image Credit: Stephanie Gorsek

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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14 Things You Relate To If You Grew Up WithOUT Any Cousins

*GASP* "What, you really don't have any cousins?"


It always shocks every person who hears me state that I do not have any cousins. For some reason, this is just hard for people to really believe when it's actually not something impossible. I think we are all just so used to large families that it sounds weird when people say that they have no cousins. Yet, it is definitely a potential reality, and actually impossible if each of your parents is the only child to your grandparents.

Here are 14 things that you can relate to if you grew up without any cousins.

1. Nobody believes you when you say that you don't have any cousins

I'm serious, for the tenth time.

2. Your grandparents spoil you

With no other grandchildren to worry about, it's pretty easy to do.

3. You don't understand when people say that cousins are your first best friends

My best friend was my first best friend.

4. You and your siblings are always the youngest people at family events

This was simultaneosuly a good thing and a bad thing.

5. You get all of the attention at holidays

Since you're the youngest one around, then distant relatives are always doting over you.

6. Everything you do is deemed awesome by your extended family because there is nobody to compete with

It's much easier to be praised when you aren't being compared to someone similar to your age.

7. You don't know how to hold babies

You're never around them so why would you?

8. Family photos are pretty easy to coordinate

The less people, the easier.

9. Other family members spoil you just because 

Afterall, you are the only kid around...

10. The family will make comments regarding the potential for you to have a cousin as a justification for why they aren't doing something for you

When you hear, "I can't buy you too much because someday your aunt is going to have kids and I will have to do the same for them" you cringe and just had to know that all of the attention wouldn't last forever.

11. Birthdays are always a big deal

A perk of not having very many to remember.

12. If your parents' siblings own pets, then you refer to the animal as your cousin

Cat cousins, dog cousins, lizard cousins, and fish cousins can be pretty cool, actually.

13. Sometimes you dream of marrying into a big family

This is to ensure that your kids do grow up with cousins.

14. You appreciate the closeness of your tight-knit fam

Maybe the only thing you would miss if you had a big family is the opportunity to develop such close bonds with the few relatives that you do have.

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