ONCE UPON A TIME…
...there was a Dutch boy who got to know a beautiful Slovak girl...this is how most stories of foreigners living in Slovakia will start. Trust me.
Mine too. In 2010 I met my wife in the Netherlands. After a one-year stint in Scotland, we decided in 2012 to build our life together in Bratislava, Slovakia. Little did I know at that time how much I was going to love living here!
I quickly realized that Slovakia is grossly undervalued, as a holiday destination, as a place to live, as a place rich in its history, culture, traditions, and uniqueness. Too many locals don't appreciate their own country, while too many foreigners underestimate its attractiveness (provided they know where Slovakia actually is on Europe's patchwork map). Additionally, I wanted to understand the Slovak identity and find my own place as Dutchman within this society. In short, I wanted to understand what “Slovakia” was all about. After all, I did choose to build my life here, so I’d better try to understand the society I live in.
Therefore, in 2015, I started my blog initiative as The Curious Dutchman to offer an honest perspective on Slovakia, its inhabitants, its culture, traditions, beauty, ugliness, weirdness, and everything in between. It gave me an opportunity to do what I love (write) and dig deep into Slovak society. However, what started as just a blog page grew into a large scale project of offering photo galleries, showing all corners of Slovakia, guides for expats and other information useful for anyone living or visiting Slovakia. I started the The Curious Dutchman Facebook Page as well as Instagram profile, began cooperating with other websites (The Slovak Spectator, Uzivaj.si) and contributed to magazines (Fjúžn, The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in Slovakia).
I do not pretend to be a travel agency or tourism website - I do not want to convince you to pack your bags and move to Slovakia. I merely wish to offer you honest information about the country I ended up calling my home, so you can decide for yourself if you wish to come and visit us!
Enjoy the ride :)
Boudewijn "Boudy" Dekker