Since moving to Slovakia, my husband and others have commented that they have never noticed the things I mention or ask questions about. Put another way, my native family and friends don't read billboards. ;)
Me: What does "insert unknown Slovak word" mean?
Husband: How do you know that word?
Me: I read it on a sign while I was riding the bus.
Me: Oh yeah, Hans Zimmer is coming to Bratislava in June.
Husband: How do you know that?
Me: I saw it on a billboard.
Me: What do you think the apartments in that building are like? They have big balconies. Maybe they are penthouse apartments.
Friend: Hmm. I've literally never noticed that building before.
Me: Why is the word "PLAY" painted on buildings all over Petržalka?
Husband: It is? I've never noticed it before.
|My first "play" sighting, looking out from our living room window. The building houses the heating for several of the surrounding panelaky (panelhouses)|
How could you not notice this random English word that seems to pop up in the most obscure locations?!
|Ooh! I found another one! Peeking out behind that tree!|
|Painted on the concrete enclosure of dumpsters for the building next to it.|
And that, my friends, is the mystery this post seeks to uncover.
|Pink dots indicate found "PLAY" locations|
|This pair of "plays" grace either side of a small overpass crossing our neighborhood canal.|
|The whimsical fun of "play!" contrasts with the more typical graffiti of the area.|
|The other side of the overpass, looking back at some of the panalaky.|
|Hiding in plain sight at our local skate park (lower right corner).|
|Again, competing against other graffiti on our neighborhood preschool.|
|Alongside one of the entrances to the elementary school.|