A small ceremony of awarding a certificate of thanks to the married couple Aneta Švanygova and Pavol Švanyga, long time guests of Trsteno, was held on Monday, July 25, in the family home of their hosts, the Bošković family, in Trsteno. Following the tradition of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board to symbolically gift long-time guests, who are also the best promoters of the tourist offer, a special thank you note and a souvenir gift, was handed over to the Slovakian couple from Bratislava as a sign of gratitude for their loyalty to Dubrovnik for 25 years.
The director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Miro Drašković, presented a certificate of gratitude for their loyalty to Dubrovnik and special gifts to these long-term guests. Drašković spoke in Czech with the married couple from Bratislava and thanked them for their loyalty to the City and expressed the hope that they will visit Dubrovnik and Trsteno for many years to come. For the Švanyga couple, this small ceremony, organized as a surprise, caused an outpouring of emotions.
Aneta used to come to Trsteno for summer vacations with her parents even before the war, and later she told her husband Pavol about the beauties of Trsteno and managed to easily convince him that it should be their joint vacation spot.
From July 1997 until today, every summer they come to the Bošković family in Trsteno for two weeks. First they came alone, then with their children, and now with their grandchildren. All three generations spend their summers in Trsteno. Aneta and Pavol perceive the Bošković family as their second family, and their home as their own. After 25 years, they have many friends among the locals. When they go down to the waterfront in Trsteno, they always talk to someone in Croatian, which they have mastered well.