3 reasons why you should visit the Christmas markets in Bratislava

3 reasons why you should visit the Christmas markets in Bratislava

It is the most wonderful time because it is the time of the Christmas markets in Bratislava! For me, this is the highlight of the year. Christmas markets are all about spending quality time with friends and family, lot’s of hot wine, perhaps a schnapps or two, and lot’s of greasy food. You quickly forget about the cold creeping up from the soles of your feet up your legs and through your entire body, because you’ll simply have a great time, you laugh, you get tipsy on hot turbo punch, all the while having your hands full with greasy deep-fried potato pancakes.

If you haven’t been yet and the above description is not enough, let me convince you with 3 good reasons why you should visit the Christmas markets in Bratislava!

Chrumky - the stuff of legends

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 endless supplies of Deva and Rumba at grandma's house, these snacks have been a must-have in any Slovak household for decades. However, probably none of these snacks are as shrouded in legend as Chrumky.

Yet another burger restaurant in Bratislava

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 see a new restaurant open up close by. This feeling of joy, however, quickly gave way to the thought: “Really? Another burger restaurant in Bratislava?”

A few days walking in the Ždiar region and beyond

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 a long weekend in Lučivná, in the Ždiar region.

Live in Slovakia, care for Slovakia

Live in Slovakia, care for Slovakia

As a foreigner living in Slovakia, how much should I actually care about what is going on in this country, whether it is a political crisis as seen in the last months or something altogether different? Do I bare any responsibility for the future of this country, or is this rather a fight reserved for Slovaks alone?

King’s Day – The day the Dutch unite

King’s Day – The day the Dutch unite

Today is a special day in the Netherlands. Today is the birthday of His Royal Highness, our King Willem-Alexander of Orange-Nassau. This in itself may not inspire you to leap of joy immediately. What makes this day special to the majority of the Netherlands, however, is that this means we will celebrate King’s Day. And boy, is that a party!

GUEST POST: murder in Slovakia / coffee in Canada

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 his fiancée Martina Kušnírová.