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Almost every restaurant lists fried cheese with ham (vyprážaný syr so šunkou) and bryndzové halušky with bacon (slanina) as 'non-meat' dishes.
A Jewish colleague of mine, feeling guilty over her ham intake, once bought nothing more than a box of crackers for lunch, explaining that she was "kickin' the ham thing." After one bite, though, she screamed - even the crackers in this pork-crazy country can come ham-flavoured.
If you stick up your index finger to signify one beer, you may end up with a confused waiter bringing two.
Watch out for the popular 'Get the Foreigner Drunk' game, a test of our drinking prowess many Slovaks relish.
To order dishes without ham or bacon, the slovak is bez šunky and bez slaniny.
Visitors to any foreign country often experience culture shock - the feeling of disorientation experienced by someone when they are suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture, way of life, or set of attitudes.
But in Slovakia, a country which should above all be known for its generous and hospitable residents, the shock doesn't have to be so jarring. There's perhaps no better starting point than alcohol, a pastime taken quite seriously by Slovaks.