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... still generating enough income to fund your lifestyle. In our case, we are up to about 50-60 percent passive income, meaning that I work about half a week. I'm not sure quite how to get to 100 percent, but I am working on it. You don't have to live in Thailand to do this, of course, but a lot of people do live in such places because it is cheaper and because it is nice, and simply because they can.
We have less than a month left in Slovakia now, before ...
... Day. Instead, he gets all his work done on December 6. In Slovakia, this day is named after the Slovak name for Santa - "Mikulas". On this day, Santa delivers everyone one of two things. If you have been good during the year, you receive a little chocolate (or perhaps a piece of fruit in more health-conscious households). You will find this in your shoe first thing in the morning.
If you have been ...
... and kisses all around.
A few minutes later, an old lady will emerge from some small doorway, carrying a sickle or an axe or some other piece of hardware, wipe her hands on her apron and go through the hugging and kissing routine as well. She will then immediately head off to the kitchen and start preparing things.
Once everyone is seated, the peculiar food-offering routine begins. No matter how hungry you are, it always goes as follows:
If you are a female in Slovakia (and certain other countries), your name ends in "ova". You don't really have a choice in the matter, that's just how things are. When a couple get married and the woman takes the man's name, she not only takes his name but she also adds "ova" to the end of it.
For example, you've no doubt heard of Martina Navratilova. Well, she never married (for reasons that eventually became clear), ...
... not a single one would be suitable!
I set this task deliberately to test your ability to follow instructions and use your initiative. The fact that you have overlooked virtually every single aspect of the instruction and used hardly any initiative is not a good start.
By this point I was starting to think that this might not be the time-saving exercise I had thought it would.
Following my e-mail to Dhananjay, ...