Chrumky – the stuff of legends

One doesn't need to spend much time in Slovakia to realize Slovak people have a special relationship with their snacks - whether it is the all-time favourite Horalky wafer bar with peanut filling, the salty sticks (tyčinky) from DRU, bananas covered in chocolate (banány v čokoláde) or the Lentilký supplied by grandma, these snacks have been a must-have in any Slovak household for decades (Lentilký even as long as a century!). However, probably none of these snacks are as shrouded in legend as Chrumky.

Yet another burger restaurant in Bratislava

On my way to work this morning, I noticed a new burger restaurant being constructed. As a self-professed burger enthousiast, my first reaction was one of sheer happiness. My most favourite burger place, Roxor, recently moved from just around the corner of my work to a few blocks away, so I was positively surprised to … Continue reading Yet another burger restaurant in Bratislava

A few days walking in the Ždiar region and beyond

Over the past years I have visited most corners of Slovakia. Surprisingly enough, however, the High Tatras remains still very elusive to me. I have visited the obvious places like Štrbské Pleso, but other than that I haven't seen much of this gorgeous region. I therefore got very enthousiastic when my in-laws proposed to spend … Continue reading A few days walking in the Ždiar region and beyond

Live in Slovakia, care for Slovakia

This is a reworked version of the article "Should foreigners in Slovakia care about today's crisis?", previously published on The Slovak Spectator. The Slovak version of this article is published in the magazine "13. ročník [fjúžn] | magazín - trʌst", as part of the annual multicultural [fjúžn] festival, which took place on 20-27 April 2018 … Continue reading Live in Slovakia, care for Slovakia

King’s Day – The day the Dutch unite

Having written about Slovak traditions for years now, I figured it is about time I spread the love for my own country a little bit. There is no better moment to kick this initiative off than today. Because today is a special day in the Netherlands. Today is the birthday of His Royal Highness, our … Continue reading King’s Day – The day the Dutch unite

Spring arrived in Bratislava!

Good morning world! After quite an uneventful winter (bloody cold but very little snow), spring has finally descended on Bratislava, as should be evident from below view over Kollárovo námestie 🙂 It is a good way to start the week. Everything looks so much better with a bit of sunlight 😉

GUEST POST: murder in Slovakia / coffee in Canada

I have visited good friends in Bratislava for a number of years, always learning more and deepening my understanding of Slovaks and their country. My feeling for Slovakia grew out of friendship and carried its quality of pleasure and connection. So it was a shock when I read about the deaths of Ján Kuciak and … Continue reading GUEST POST: murder in Slovakia / coffee in Canada

PHOTO GALLERY | Rediscovering Bratislava with an analogue camera

I have come to love analogue photography again. I love the nostalgic feelings it brings up in me, going back to my childhood and family holidays. I love the excitement of not knowing how the pictures will have turned out until the moment I’d pick up the developed pictures from the local photo shop. Most … Continue reading PHOTO GALLERY | Rediscovering Bratislava with an analogue camera

Slovakia’s time to shine is now

Slovakia is by some (including myself) affectionately described as the “Hidden Gem in the Heart of Europe”. But how hidden should this gem really remain from the rest of the world? Ever since I moved to Slovakia and discovered how beautiful a country it is, I have struggled with the realisation that back home no … Continue reading Slovakia’s time to shine is now

In Slovakia, tradition is key

Traditions, in any sense of the word, defines for a large part a country’s heart and soul. It provides some of the most important elements any society needs and no politics or economics can give - solidarity, identity and the feeling to belong. Unfortunately, many countries nowadays seem to have forgotten that it were the … Continue reading In Slovakia, tradition is key