Monthly Archives: November 2012

All Hail the Ginger Monkey

With the advent of December comes peak skiing season in the High Tatras, and no more appropriate time to mention for the first time my favourite place in these mountains, Ždiar, and the best accommodation option within, the Ginger Monkey. On … Continue reading

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Košice’s Flight Connections – The Latest

When Košice got a new flight connection from London Luton, you heard it here first: almost a year before it happened! It seemed when that route began operating in autumn 2013 that Slovakia’s second city was really making moves to turn … Continue reading

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The Alternative to Ryanair

It’s about 1am in the draughty terminal at Luton Airport. They call it London Luton even though it’s over an hour away via a dirty train journey, of which the best thing that can be said of it is that … Continue reading

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Michael Portillo Does Bratislava

The other week, Michael Portillo (fey-looking former Conservative UK MP turned railway explorer – logical progression, no? – for those of you who aren’t familiar) in his latest series of Great Railway Journeys took a rail trip through the old … Continue reading

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Making Šulance

OK, so this may not look like the Šulance hardcore Slovak-ophiles are accustomed to. But that’s because it’s made not with homemade plum jam like they use in a typical Slovak household, but sweetened stewed plums which, being chunky, rather dominate … Continue reading

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Wifi: Good Just sometimes, there’s a cafe which makes you glad you moved to a city. Actually, in my case, Prešporák could have been a deciding factor. One October afternoon I was wandering Bratislava’s Old Town streets with my girlfriend and … Continue reading

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Word Limitations and Destinations

Me on the trail to Chata Pod Chlebom in Mala Fatra National Park this April… I’m a writer. I write a lot, and somehow even manage to make a living from doing so. A not insignificant part of this writing … Continue reading

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Robert Capa’s Photography

Until 25th November the Slovak National Gallery (Námestie Ľudovíta Štúra 4; that’s the site just back from the Danube) has a surprisingly good exhibition on the photography of Robert Capa. Capa was known as a war photographer, but don’t let that … Continue reading

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The Englishman Moves to Slovakia…

Slurping a fruity Zlaty Bazant over a plate of šulance (sweet dumplings festooned with poppy seeds and generously dowsed in a buttery, sugary sauce) the other day in a convivial bar in Rača, the area of Bratislava that I have just … Continue reading

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