Monthly Archives: March 2014

The Pajštún Castle Hike

The sultry March weather in Bratislava continues, and the yearning for countryside escapes grows in proportion. Last Friday we yet again found ourselves heading out to explore one of the many outdoor adventures in close proximity to the city. This … Continue reading

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RIP Starý Most, Petržalka’s New Tram Line & What This Could Mean for Bratislava

It’s quite a shock, when you’re going for a stroll around your city, to suddenly see something you assumed was a permanent fixture in the skyline half demolished. So it was when, heading down to the Danube yesterday evening, I … Continue reading

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Obývačka…

  It’s a fairly simple, but mind-blowingly effective recipe. Take breakfast (three-cheese omelette, eggy bread or pancakes, perhaps, alongside one of Bratislava’s scandalously scant possibilities for a good macchiato). Take lunch (maybe the Obývačka special, a tasting platter of aubergine … Continue reading

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Dear Sweet Mother of God, We’re in Eastern Europe

These depictions of Slovakia never cease to amuse me. This one uses big chunks of the 2004 flick EuroTrip as part of a promotion to Erasmus students, however. Which I don’t think is necessarily a good idea… unless it’s to … Continue reading

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Diverse Devínska Nová Ves

We’ve talked a bit in posts about the countryside around Bratislava: the rearing Carpathian forests of the Mestské Lesy to the north and the wooded trails stretching southeast along the River Danube. On the very first day of spring Englishmaninslovakia set … Continue reading

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Top Ten Medieval Towns in Slovakia

It’s not just the nature that’s spellbinding in Slovakia: some of the smaller towns – whether as a result of castle strongholds against marauding Turks, or being major Medieval mining centres or having healing spas – grew up in magnificence … Continue reading

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Slovakia’s Caves: A Peep Underground

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The Best English-Language Web Resources on Slovakian Travel & Culture

Slovakia is, in terms of Internet penetration, the most switched-on country in Eastern Europe. That means more people use the web in Slovakia than anywhere else in the region. But practically, this doesn’t always translate into obvious English-language web resources. … Continue reading

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An Easy Bryndza Recipe

Bryndza, the tart, tangy sheep’s cheese that forms one of the backbones of Slovak cuisine, can be used in a variety of dishes – most famously, of course, in the national dish Bryndzové Halušky (potato dumplings with sheep’s cheese, to … Continue reading

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Danubiana Art Museum – & Why It’s Cool

This isn’t my first post about the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum (see this post for an example of the type of stunning exhibitions they get here). And, given that a trip here is possibly the best thing to do in … Continue reading

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